Gnocchi with Shrimp, Asparagus and Basil Pesto


Shrimp Asparagus Pesto Gnocchi

When I’m cooking on weeknights, I usually go for dishes that keep the dishes to a minimum. After enjoying a delicious dinner with my hubby, the only thing I want to do is lay on the couch with a glass of wine and talk about our days. Or watch reality TV. Both are favorite pastimes.

Shrimp Asparagus 2

Point being, I don’t like doing tons of dishes but I DO like to adapt recipes to use as few as possible. In this case, all you need is one large pot or Dutch oven. Use it to boil your gnocchi, and afterward just set it aside in a strainer. In the same pot, sauté your asparagus, onion and shrimp. Once they’re cooked, add the gnocchi back to the pot and toss it all with fresh basil pesto. Pour a glass of wine, make a salad for the side, and enjoy!

Basil Pesto

With my pesto made ahead of time, this whole dinner was ready in less than 10 minutes. The combination of the pillow-soft gnocchi with the flavorful asparagus, shrimp and pesto topped with freshly grated Parmesan was so delicious, and a welcome change to our dinner routine. I know you’ll enjoy it just as much as we did, and maybe even go back for seconds!

Gnocchi with Shrimp, Asparagus and Pesto

Servings 3


  • 1/2 cup basil pesto here's my recipe
  • 1 16 oz. package gnocchi
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 bunch (about 1 lb.) asparagus cut in 1-inch slices
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 pound peeled and de-veined shrimp coarsely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • Parmesan cheese


  • Prepare the basil pesto and set aside.
  • In a Dutch oven, bring water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt. Add gnocchi to pot; cook about 3 minutes or until gnocchi rises to the top. Strain and set aside in the strainer. In the same Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add asparagus to pan. Cook 2 minutes.  Add chopped onion and continue to cook another 2 minutes. Add shrimp and cook until heated through, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add gnocchi and pesto to the pot, and toss until combined. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately. If desired, grate over some fresh Parmesan.
  • Enjoy!

Join the Conversation

  1. Georgia, this dish looks so easy (just like you said) and yummy! I never made homemade pesto, so I’m going to keep this pesto recipe as well. I’m excited to try. I just have a pot of fresh basil and I have to use it soon before it goes bad. Thanks for sharing (great timing!) and have a great weekend! :-)

  2. What an incredible taste explosion genius recipe!
    :-) Mandy

  3. We are there! Basil pesto and gnocchi, two of nature’s miracles!

  4. mmm looks so good! i’m not a HUGE gnocchi fan, but willing to try anything! i don’t think my husband likes pesto (so he says) but maybe i could sneak it in anyway…

  5. This looks delicious! I love meals with just a few ingredients. Love your site :)

  6. I can’t wait for basil to be growing rampant in my garden this summer so I can make my own pestos for dishes like this! What a wonderful combination.

  7. I think you know how much I love simple dishes…so this is right up my alley. Although Chris does not like gnocchi (he’s worse than a picky eating kid, let me tell you), but this would be perfect for a night when he’s not joining me for dinner!!

  8. I’ve been looking for new ways to use gnocchi, and goodness knows I could put pesto on everything. I love that this is so fast, too. Thanks!

  9. HOw funny you post this, I was just thinking about gnocchi as I was driving in to work this morning! This dish looks great. I’m like you – I try to use as few dishes as possible! Cleaning is such a pain…

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  10. Georgia- this looks amazing! That pesto looks so fresh and perfect.
    This is going on my menu for next week!

  11. Simple, fresh and delicious! Love homemade pesto.

  12. That dish truly makes me happy – I love everything about it! Homemade pesto is the best!

  13. Sometimes I feel like gnocchi dishes are just too heavy because of the sauce, but I just love the idea of saucing them with pesto! How light and refreshing for such a decadent dumpling! Love the combo of shrimp and asparagus here!

  14. I can’t wait to make this! Basil pesto, asparagus and gnocchi and one dish?! Yay for all of the above. Looks fabulous.

  15. Yum this looks so good. I love pesto!

  16. I love simple, flavourful dishes like this. Oh, so yummy! Have a great weekend.

  17. I love gnocchi and pesto. I wish I could have some of this right now!

  18. Simple and flavorful – and so fresh! Gnocchi is usually bogged down with a too-heavy sauce but this? Homemade pesto just makes everything better.

  19. You have all of my favorite ingredients in this one dish. It sounds lovely!

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  21. What a delicious light summertime diner!!!! Love the seafood. I wish my family liked it….eh, more for me!

  22. Congrats on winning the award.

  23. This is such a wonderful dish, so summery and I love gnocchi, but I never know what to do with it! I think freshly make pesto rather than shop bought makes all the difference :)

  24. Gorgeous! I love the spring feeling of this dish :-)

  25. Shrimp! My hubby loves it so much. I will bookmark this to make it for him if he’s nice :)

    Great job Georgia,

    Have a great weekend.

  26. This is a beautiful dish. Very light and summery.

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  27. Mmmmm my favorite “pasta”. Great recipe!

  28. Yum, the perfect weeknight meal – tasty and fast!

  29. Your weeknights sound just like mine. I have a bad habit of letting the dishes pile up so I can relax with my husband and wine :) I love the looks of this dish and it’s simplicity. Gnocci is one of my favorites…definitely adding this to the to-make list :)

  30. Yum! Great recipe full of bright spring flavors.

  31. I adore all those ingredients, so I’m in love with this! Gnocchi is heavenly! :)

  32. I have never tried gnocchi but I really need to move it to the top of my list. Though I’m not a seafood fan, I think this would be equally delicious w/o it. Can’t wait to get to the farmer’s market and bring home fresh asparagus and basil!

  33. oh my gosh! this looks amazing! And I LOVE your blog!!!

  34. This looks so good – I bet the basil pesto really takes it to the next level!

  35. My whole family loves gnocchi, so I will definitely try this twist. I have never thought of adding shrimp before, but we love that too! Yum.

  36. I can almost taste this dish, what a nice description and beautiful photos. I like the combination of ingredients and basil pesto is so good. Thanks for the recipe, I think I’ll have a look around for some more good ones.


  37. I agree – I feel like I can almost taste this dish too. SO wonderful! I have finally turned my hubby onto shrimp and know that he would love this. Thanks for sharing!

  38. What a gorgeous, easy and delicious looking dish for dinner! Beautiful photos as usual Georgia!

  39. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    This dish looks heavenly. Your pictures are gorgeous!

  40. Your weeknights dinner idea sounds delicious. Love gnocchi with homemade pesto. And the addition of asparagus makes it even better.

  41. This is a great midweek dish to whip up! I don’t make gnocchi often. They just get forgotten….until now!! yummy

  42. I made this tonight and it is soo good!! I used basil that I am growing and the same pkg of gnocchi from Trader Joes. Another great recipe!!

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