Pesto Gnocchi with Mushrooms & Pistachio Breadcrumbs
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Pesto Gnocchi

with Mushrooms & Pistachio Breadcrumbs

25 MIN
2 Servings
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    From the Test Kitchen

    This textured dish highlights an exciting contrast of irresistibly crispy pistachio breadcrumbs that we’re sprinkling atop pillowy gnocchi. The pasta is tossed in our vibrant basil pesto and paired with a savory sautéed duo of mushrooms and tomatoes.

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    Dietary Information

    • Nutrition
    • Calories
      680 Cals (est.)
    Pesto Gnocchi with Mushrooms & Pistachio Breadcrumbs
    • ¾ lb Gnocchi
    • 4 oz Mushrooms
    • 4 oz Grape Tomatoes
    • ⅓ cup Basil Pesto
    • 2 Tbsps Roasted Pistachios
    • ¼ cup Panko Breadcrumbs
    • 2 Tbsps Mascarpone Cheese
    • 0.7 oz Grana Padano Cheese
    • ¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

    Tips from Home Chefs

    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Finely chop the pistachios. Thinly slice the mushrooms. Halve the tomatoes. Grate the Grana Padano on the small side of a box grater.

    2 Make the pistachio breadcrumbs

    In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped pistachios and breadcrumbs; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned and toasted. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the pan.

    Make the pistachio breadcrumbs
    Cook the vegetables
    3 Cook the vegetables

    In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced mushrooms in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned. Add the halved tomatoes and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened. Turn off the heat.

    4 Cook the gnocchi

    Meanwhile, add the gnocchi to the pot of boiling water. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until the gnocchi float to the top of the pot. Turn off the heat. Reserving 1/4 cup of the gnocchi cooking water, drain thoroughly.

    Cook the gnocchi
    Finish the gnocchi & serve your dish
    5 Finish the gnocchi & serve your dish

    Add the cooked gnocchi and half the reserved gnocchi cooking water to the pan of cooked vegetables. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until combined. Turn off the heat. Add the pesto and mascarpone; stir until thoroughly combined and the gnocchi are coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the gnocchi are thoroughly coated). Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished gnocchi garnished with the pistachio breadcrumbs and grated Grana Padano. Enjoy!

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