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I had never had gnocchi until I discovered this recipe a few years ago. I have to admit, I love it! It is a quick side dish and could be used as the main dish, but it is a little heavy for the warmer months to be the main meal so we use it as a side. It is something that even my little ones will eat when they normally won’t try anything “green”.

I use the gnocchi that you can purchase in the grocery store. It is normally on the pasta isle. This brand has the regular potato gnocchi and then a tri-color gnocchi as well.

Follow the directions on the box to cook the gnocchi. Usually you place the gnocchi in some boiling water and they will cook and float within a few minutes. It is very quick! Drain the gnocchi and return to the pan. Meanwhile, I usually get the green beans that you steam in the microwave. I find the french cut green beans to work best for this recipe. Microwave those per the directions on the box/bag.

To the gnocchi, add the pesto sauce and heavy cream. Mix well and heat on medium – low heat until warm.

At this point, add in the green beans and the ricotta cheese. Mix well. Let it continue to warm for a minute and then serve!

Gnocchi with Pesto Sauce and Green Beans

1 pound gnocchi
1/2 pound of green beans, cut in to 1-inch pieces. Cooked. (I use the steamer microwave green beans)
1 8 oz container of refrigerated pesto sauce
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup ricotta cheese
Salt/Pepper to taste

1. Cook the gnocchi according to the package directions. Drain and return to the pot.

2. Prepare the green beans, either cook them on the stove in water until tender or steam in the microwave.

3. Add the pesto and cream to the gnocchi and cook over medium heat, stirring, just until heated through (2-3 minutes)

4. Add the green beans and ricotta cheese. Mix and continue to warm for an additional minute.

5. Serve!

Adapted from a Real Simple recipe found here.