Gnocchi often gets put up on a pedestal, where it do rightfully deserve to be, however, it has a reputation for being fiddly and time-consuming. We had our go at making gnocchi (failed and succeed many times) it take a few bit of work for such a delicious dish, which can us wondering, how can we eat this bloody delish pillow of fluffy goodness faster and taste better?
Enter pumpkin gnocchi. Well, more specifically kabocha gnocchi. The beauty of this squash is, it lasts forever and tastes amazing.We were stoked that we succeeded to make gnocchi without potatoes.
Kabocha squash has a subtly sweet taste that sort of reminds me of chestnuts. Its texture is relatively starchy and there’s really not that much water content in the squash. This makes the whole process It’s easier, faster, tastier, and more colourful than potato gnocchi and also allows for a much bigger margin of error, due to the fact you have to add less flour. Therefore you are less likely to end up with beige coloured rock-like gnocchi for dinner
This kabocha gnocchi with pesto is so bloody tasty, however, we would also like to try this recipe with pumpkin, acorn squash & sweet potatoes. All would taste amazing however I think this pesto gnocchi will blow your socks off.
This Japanese winter squash is available all year but is best in late summer and early fall. If you are wondering where to buy kabocha squash, it’s available year-round in most supermarkets. You might also find it under the name kent pumpkin in Austalia.
This whole meal was so yummy we had it twice in the same week. That’s saying a lot in our house. We also have enough in the freezer for 5 more meals! This is a very large recipe, so expect to freeze several trays of gnocchi.
The most time-consuming part of this recipe is probably the baking of the squash. I did mine the night before, which made everything a lot easier the next day. You can short cut this step by microwaving your pumpkin, however, I think that roasted pumpkin is a lot more flavoursome.
If your want to know the gnocchi pesto calories, check out the nutritional chart below!