Keto gnocchi with homemade basil pesto

Keto gnocchi with homemade basil pesto

Here's a fabulous keto recipe for an — almost — traditional Italian gnocchi. We skipped the potatoes and loaded up on cauliflower, serving these little delicious pillows with a tasty homemade pesto. It's totally worth the extra effort!

Keto gnocchi with homemade basil pesto

Here's a fabulous keto recipe for an — almost — traditional Italian gnocchi. We skipped the potatoes and loaded up on cauliflower, serving these little delicious pillows with a tasty homemade pesto. It's totally worth the extra effort!
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4 servingservings

Ingredients

  • ½ lb 225 g cauliflower
  • 3 oz. 75 g parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup 225 ml (110 g) almond flour
  • 2 2 egg yolkegg yolks
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp onion powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp (2.5 g) ground psyllium husk powder or xanthan gum
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp salt
  • ½ lb 225 g (475 ml) shredded cheese
Pesto
  • 23 cup 150 ml olive oil, divided
  • 3 oz. 75 g parmesan cheese
  • 2 oz. 50 g pine nuts
  • 1 oz. 30 g fresh basil
  • 1 1 garlic clovegarlic cloves
  • salt and ground black pepper

Instructions

Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Wash and clean the cauliflower and divide into small florets. Steam for a few minutes or microwave until soft. Blend in a food processor on high setting until smooth.
  2. Place cauliflower puree on a clean kitchen towel. Gather up the towel's ends and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. The drier the better, don't skip this step.
  3. Transfer the cauliflower back in the food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the shredded cheese. Pulse until combined.
  4. Microwave the shredded cheese for a few minutes, until melted. You can also gently melt in a saucepan on medium-low heat, while stirring continuously.
  5. Add the melted cheese in the food processor and pulse with the cauliflower mixture until you get a smooth dough.
  6. Shape one roll per person and allow to cool completely in the refrigerator or freezer.
  7. Form 12 small balls out of each roll. Gently press with a fork to create small stripes, if you wish.
  8. Bring a pot of salted water to a gentle boil on medium heat. Add the gnocchi to the water in small batches and boil for 1–2 minutes or until floating.
  9. Mix all the ingredients for the pesto with only a few tablespoons of the oil. Use a blender or a hand mixer. Add the rest of the oil and mix a bit more.

Tip!

Instead of the pesto, you can serve the gnocchi with a sugar-free tomato sauce and finely chopped fresh parsley. You can also try mixing sour cream, tomato paste and Ranch seasoning for an extra touch of flavor!

You can reheat the gnocchi by frying in butter on medium heat or reheating in a warm sauce. You can store in the refrigerator up to one week and you can also freeze it.

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9 comments

  1. Monica
    Thanks Dietdoctor for sharing with yr heart. I’ve very high bad cholesterol. Is Keto Diet ok? Is Keto Pills harmful? Also, is oatmeal considered Carbo?
  2. Carol
    As far as I know oatmeal is a high carb option.
  3. Amanda
    Ketogenic diets are preferred in nearly all cases, from the years of research I have done. I am not a doctor, so the decision is yours to make.
    Keto 'pills' and other keto suplement products are not necessary, and may be detrimental.

    Oatmeal is very Carby.

  4. Belinda
    I would recommend frying the gnocchi. I boiled them but they didn't keep their shape. Delicious recipe though!
    Reply: #8
  5. Kathy
    I really want someone to make this for me. I think it would be delicious. Seems a bit complicated with the step where you have to squeeze the puréed cauliflower in a tea towel. I wonder if a nut bag would work to get the moisture out? I might opt for puréed cauliflower tonight with some saucy chicken to avoid all the extra steps. :) thanks for the recipe though, I might try it one day!
  6. andrew
    Trying these tonight! To freeze would you boil them first or wait until you defrost them?
    Reply: #7
  7. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Trying these tonight! To freeze would you boil them first or wait until you defrost them?

    You may wish to freeze them before boiling, but we have not experimented with that either way.

  8. Jany
    I tried this recipe tonight, so easy to do! But, so disappointing to see the result once cooked in the boiling water, I cooked them just a minute, but they were all melted. The taste was extraordinary. Next time I just fry them for a few minutes in olive oil. I hope I will have better results.
  9. Kasia
    I fried them and managed to keep sort of a shape. Very cheesy, I wish there was more cauliflower in it and less cheese.

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