Cauliflower Gnocchi is a great gluten-free pasta alternative! Tender and chewy but lighter than traditional gnocchi. And there are many ways to enjoy cauliflower gnocchi!
In this recipe, I combined the cauliflower gnocchi with brown rice penne pasta and a quick, homemade pesto, and sun-dried tomatoes. Simple and delicious!
Cauliflower Gnocchi and Penne Pasta Pesto
My parents are visiting right now. And last night, I asked my family if they wanted 'pesto and penne pasta' or 'pesto and cauliflower gnocchi.' Because we couldn't come to a consensus, the most diplomatic solution was to use both! So that's how the Cauliflower Gnocchi and Penne!
We now refer to it as Cauliflower Gnocchi and Penne Pasta Pesto (Ok, the name is lame, but the dish is delicious!).
After dinner, my dad asked for the recipe. Since you loved it so much, this recipe is for you.
- PASTA. I choose Trader Joe's Organic Brown Rice Penne Pasta
- CAULIFLOWER GNOCCHI. See below where to find it.
- Pesto. Use your homemade parsley or kale pesto, or opt for a good quality storebought pesto brand.
- SUN-DRIED TOMATOES
- OLIVE OIL
- PARMESAN CHEESE
Additional Information about Cauliflower Gnocchi and where to shop
As of October 2018, the only store I know that sells frozen cauliflower gnocchi is Trader Joe's. If you don't live near Trader Joe's, I've found an easy, homemade cauliflower gnocchi recipe.
- Cutting Board
- Good Set of Knives (mine were from Costco and are no longer available)
- Pasta Pot (I got a similar one at Home Goods)
- Large Deep Dish Skillet with Lid
- Over-the-Sink Colander
Make it Vegan!
- Likewise, if you have vegan members in your family, you can easily offer a vegan version of this dish. Just don't sprinkle any cheese at the very end.
- Remember that the closest grocery store to my house is Trader Joe's, which is why I use many of their products.
- And if it is a product only carried by Trader Joe's, I'll do my best to find a substitute or link to a similar storebought or homemade product.
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Cauliflower Gnocchi Pesto Pasta
- 4 ounces penne pasta Trader Joe's Organic Brown Rice Penne
- 1 bag cauliflower gnocchi Trader Joe's
- 2 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
- 1 onion yellow
- 1-3 cloves garlic
- ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes
- 1 tub Trader Joe's basil pesto other store-bought or homemade pesto will work just as well
- 1-2 ounces parmesan cheese finely grated, optional | skip and it's a vegan meal option
- Preheat the oven to 350º Fahrenheit. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake the frozen Cauliflower gnocchi for 12-14 minutes (no oil or spray needed).
- Cook your pasta (I used gluten-free penne) according to the instructions.
- In the meantime dice the yellow onion and garlic cloves
- In a deep dish skillet (preferably one with a lid) gently heat your olive oil and begin to sauté your onions and garlic over medium heat.
- After a couple of minutes add the sun-dried tomatoes. Simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Add the Trader Joe's Marinated Antipasto tomatoes and the Trader Joe's Vegan Kale, Cashew & Basil Pesto to the onion, garlic, and sun-dried tomato mixture. Continue to simmer for a few minutes until everything is thoroughly heated.
- When your pasta is done; drain, rinse, and set aside.
- Take your cauliflower gnocchi out of the oven and set aside.
- Once the pesto-tomato sauce is thoroughly heated start adding your cooked pasta and gnocchi. Keep your stove on low heat and let it simmer for a couple of minutes.
- Time to serve. At this point, you can add some grated Parmesan. And if you'd like to keep the dish vegan, simply skip that step.