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Butternut and Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Carrot-Top Pesto

60 Minutes
6 Servings
10 Ingredients


This healthy Butternut and Sweet Potato Gnocchi Recipe is perfect for a meat-free meal. Plus, you don’t have to waste those carrot tops – turn them into a tasty pesto to pour over the gnocchi.


1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C.

2. Place the sweet potatoes and butternut on a tray and roast for 30 min. or until cooked through. Allow it to cool, then transfer to a food processor and blend until smooth.

3. Combine the puree with the flour, salt and pepper. Shape into a ball.

4. Place on a lightly floured surface and knead for about a minute. Using a floured rolling pin, roll out to 2 cm thick.

5. Cut dough into shapes using floured cookie cutters and set aside.

6. Bring a large pot of water to the boil, add the gnocchi and remove from the pot when they float to the surface, about 1–2 min.

7. Heat butter in a large pan and fry gnocchi until golden. Set aside.

8. Dip carrot tops into simmering water for about a minute and set aside. This helps to remove the raw taste.

9. Place almonds, blanched carrot tops, basil leaves, Parmesan, olive oil and pepper in a blender and process until smooth.

10. Serve the gnocchi with pesto, extra basil leaves and grated Parmesan.

Nutritional Information

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For the Gnocchi:

• 1 pack (500 g) pre-cut butternut cubes

• 1 pack (500 g) pre-cut sweet potato cubes

• 1½ cups (325 ml) cake wheat flour; plus extra for dusting

• Salt and pepper

• Pinch ground nutmeg

• 2 tbsp. (30 ml) butter


For the Carrot-Top Pesto:

• ½ cup (125 ml) washed carrot tops

• ¼ cup (60 ml) almonds; toasted

• 1 cup (250 ml) basil leaves; plus extra to serve

• ¼ cup (60 ml) grated Parmesan; plus extra to serve

• ¼ cup (60 ml) olive oil