Do you want a dinner that takes less than 5 minutes to get on the table and isn’t cereal or a microwave burrito? Something inexpensive, too?
Try Pesto Gnocchi.
Now I’m sure you’re thinking one of two things. Either “what is gnocchi?” or “how on earth do I make it in 5 minutes?”
For the first question, gnocchi is a type of soft dough dumpling usually made from potato. I’m not sure if it officially qualifies as a type of pasta, but it tastes like pasta, and is usually found in the pasta section in a vacuum sealed package. It is basically heaven on earth. It can be paired with marinara, pesto, alfredo, or just some butter and salt.
Second question. In addition to being so dang delicious, gnocchi is also my favorite because it cooks in literally 2-3 minutes. All you have to do is bring your water to a boil and plop them in, then let them boil for about 2-3 minutes (or until they all float to the top). Because you know exactly when they’re done based on whether they’re floating or not, it’s really a fool-proof dinner.
Now for the pesto. If I was asking you to blend up the basil and pine nuts I’m sure that the pesto sauce might taste fresher and better than the kind I like to make from a seasoning packet, but I guarantee you it would take longer than 5 minutes to get it all made. The kids are screaming, everyone’s hungry, you have places to be.
You do not have time to deal with pine nuts right now.
(amount of each depends on the pesto packet brand and how many servings you’re going for)
Cook the gnocchi as instructed on package, usually you boil the water and add the gnocchi.
Let the yummy little dumplings boil for about 2-3 minutes or until they float to the top.
Drain the gnocchi and set aside.
While the gnocchi is cooking follow the instructions on the pesto packet. Most often you just whisk together the pesto powder with the milk and oil and let it come to a boil.
After it has boiled remove it from the heat and pour the sauce over the drained and cooked gnocchi.
Seriously, that is all there is to it! Just some boiling and mixing and viola! Dinner is served. Your family will think that you are an Italian Chef with this fancy dish that is sort of hard to pronounce, and you can just toss out the packets and be excited that it only took a couple minutes from start to finish!
Next time you head to the store make sure to stock up on some packages of gnocchi and a bunch of those pesto packets, and you’ll always be ready for a last-minute but still delicious dinner.
Try this out and let me know how it goes for you! 🙂
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