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Pesto Gone Wild – Starring Avocado and Spinach

I am a huge fan of Pesto. I love it with pasta, in sandwiches on pizza, with eggs…the list goes on and on.

What I love most about pesto is not only the various ways you can use it, but also the various ways you can make it.

This particular pesto recipe features avocado and spinach as the star ingredients.

Avocado, spinach, fresh basil, garlic, olive oil, lime juice and Parmesan...mouth is officially watering after listing the ingredients in this pesto recipe.

This pesto literally brightens up your meal. The beautiful color makes any dish you prepare with it more appetizing. We tossed it with spaghetti and grilled chicken and it made for a very springy meal. Don’t be fooled, it’s actually quite heavier than you would think. The creaminess of the avocado makes it feel like a real pasta sauce.

And all you folks with nut allergies, you finally have a pesto you can enjoy!

A Little Gnocchi

Decadent, delicious and simple…yes simple.

There are several recipes online but I wasn’t too impressed by the bare minimum and in my opinion, bland ingredients that are included in most gnocchi recipes. Adding just a few flavor boosting ingredients (hello garlic, chives and pesto) made this Homemade Gnocchi with Mascarpone-Pesto Sauce really special and most importantly, still really easy!

Mash the garlic and chives into the potatoes.

Add just enough flour to form fairly stiff dough.

Roll the dough into 1/2 to 3/4 inch 'snake like' pieces.

Cut the Gnocchi into 1/2 to 3/4 inch pieces using a serrated knife to add some shape.

Shape the Gnocchi by using a fork. Push each piece of gnocchi lightly onto the backside of a fork.

The ridges on the Gnocchi will help catch the sauce.

This is a picture of the gnocchi post boiling. Drop the pieces of Gnocchi in boiling water and wait for them to rise (about 3-4 minutes) and scoop out of the water. You'll have to drop the gnocchi into the boiling water in batches.

Wah-Lah! Home Made Gnocchi with Mascarpone-Pesto Sauce

The best part about this home made gnocchi is that is that you can make it ahead of time and freeze it! Then you just have to boil them on they day you want to serve it. Great for dinner parties!

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