Gnocchi with Shrimp and Asparagus in Pesto Sauce

OK, would somebody please help me…  

I’ve seen many of you writing about gnocchi and a lot of you have even made it from scratch.  It’s new to me.  It took me 10 minutes, at least, to find a package of the potato dumplings in the grocery store the other day and they only had two of them. 

If I had known how to pronounce the word, I would’ve asked the clerks what aisle to go to find it.   So, please tell me ~ is it gnocchi with a “hard” G as in good or is it gnocchi with a “silent” G as in gnat?

However it’s pronounced, we think it’s great and I’m sorry it took us so long to meet. Gnocchi is a great hearty alternative to pasta and a perfect addition in this recipe!   I loved the texture and size of it and how quickly it cooked.  The taste of the shrimp, fresh asparagus, and homemade pesto sauce with the gnocchi was absolutely delicious!!!  

Would you just please tell me how to pronounce it…

Gnocchi with Shrimp and Asparagus in Pesto Sauce


1 (16-ounce) package vacuum-packed gnocchi
4 cups asparagus (about 1 pound), sliced into 1” pieces
1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp
1 cup basil leaves
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil


Bring 2 quarts water to a boil in a large pan.
Add gnocchi and cook 4 minutes or until done.  Gnocchi will rise to the top.
Remove gnocchi with a slotted spoon and keep warm in a large bowl.
Bring water back to a boil.
Add shrimp and cook until done, drain well.

Meanwhile, in another pan, add asparagus and cook until tender, drain well.

Add shrimp and asparagus to gnocchi bowl.

Combine 1 tablespoon water, basil and next 4 ingredients (through garlic) in a food processor.
Process until smooth, scraping sides.
Drizzle oil through food chute with food processor on; process until well blended.

Add basil mixture to shrimp mixture.
Toss to coat.
Serve immediately
4 servings

It’s delicious!!!

Pam's note:  For a better procedure, see StephenC's second comment, #17.

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  1. It's pronounced "nyo-ki." But not matter how you say it, this dish looks amazing! :)

  2. Oh my goodness...this looks amazing. We are making a bunch of gnocchi this weekend and I was going to freeze some...I will have to make this for sure!

  3. try this :


    ha ha, my orange cat was named this

  4. Dear we say Ñoquis but is the same, I love your gnocchis! look absolutely amazing and delicious! x gloria

  5. What Cassie said!!

    This looks great!!

  6. Your dish looks beautiful. I always thought it was pronounced " no key". Somebody correct ME if I am wrong. This looks great though, Pam.

  7. I was wracking my brain to come up with a way to illustrate the pronunciation. Then I saw the suggestions already in your comments. They are perfect. In our market the gnocchi are next to the pastas. I just happened upon them one day some months ago. An excellent product, and your use of them looks great.

  8. Gnocchi is pronounced N'YO-kee. Regardless of how you say it, your recipe looks fantastic!

  9. Too funny! I'm with you on this one! Looks and sounds delicious! Love it with the pesto, great fall food!

  10. the G is silent...I concur with the other ladies...boy does this look good...I'm getting hungry...

  11. I am just glad you found it!! It's new to me too, I haven't used it but have seen it and it looks delicious!!

  12. Cassie and Linda have the same pronunciation and I would go with that. This looks delicious. Diane

  13. Exactly Faith, the G is silent. The dish looks fabulous. Great flavor combo. It is quite easy to make at home if you wanna have a go at it.

  14. The previous comments gave the answer. The G is not pronounced at all. You may had a hard time finding them and pronouncing them but you certainly know how to cook them.

  15. Cassie, great! Thanks for the help! Glad you like the dish!

    Clements Family, good! It's a great thing!

    Jennifurla, great! Thanks! I got it now! Cool name for your cat!

    Torviewtoronto, thank you and have a good day!

    Gloria, thanks for the pronunciation tip! I will definitely be trying gnoochi again! Maybe try making them from scratch.

    pup, thanks. I'm so glad you all know and helped me out!

    Susan, you're closer than I was! The shrimp and asparagus was so delicious with the gnoochi!

    StephenC, glad you concur with the others! I'm so happy I found it at the grocery store! I have since looked at a couple of other stores for it, to no avail. Next, I will be looking at Trader Joe's.

    Linda, thanks for the help! Hope you're having a good day!

    Design Wine and Dine, I know! I'm so glad there are so many great people here filled with info!

    Faith, thanks to you also! It's unanimous and the dish is delicious!

    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy, thanks! I'm really glad I found out what its all about!

    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente, thanks so much! It's a wonderful thing!

    Lazaro Cooks! Thanks! Yes, I've been looking around for recipes for it and want to try it soon.

    Katerina, thank you! Have a great day!

  16. I got so preoccupied with the pronunciation issue earlier that I didn't pay proper attention to the recipe. The teacher in me is going to come out here. Cooking the gnocchi first is not the best idea. Better to saute the asparagus with the shrimp, depending on the size of each, while the gnocchi is boiling. Then toss them all together in the shrimp/asparagus pan. That way everything is hot at the same time.

  17. What a beautiful looking recipe. Sorry but I don't know how to pronounce it!

  18. I say it the same way Cassie does. But however you say it, this dish looks good!!

  19. This looks sooooo yummy!!! I love all the ingredients...I am hungry.

  20. I echo Cassie's sentiments (and pronunciation) -- any way you say it, it's delicious. If you decide to try to do some home-made, there's an amazing recipe for butternut squash gnocchi in this month's Bon Appetit!

  21. Oops, I commented while still logged-in to my High School Reunion blog. Please ignore that URL...

  22. Awesome looking dish, Pam, and I love the flavor combination.

  23. I love gnocchi. It can taste so very different too if you make it with different things.

    It's actually very easy to make, freezes well and cooks beautifully from frozen too.

    Looks lovely Pam.

  24. oh..i wish you lived closer..gnocchi is something i make around here alot. my italian mom taught me..and i LOVE it too....

    your dish looks lovely...sounds so the shrimp and pesto...

    happy to visit..and yes. soft "g" a gnat :-)


  25. Pam that's a wonderful dish...bookmarked it....

  26. Pam,
    Gnocchi are the ultimate comfort food and this is a fabulous recipe.

  27. Pam this is a great recipe and I´ll try it.

  28. I love the combination of flavours here Pam!!

  29. Hi Pam, you cracked me up about how to pronounce gnocchi, the "g" is silent” as in gnat! Oh, you also inspired me to go out and buy some gnocchi, and I'll probably be making your recipe this weekend! Have a great one!

  30. Looks good, no matter what you call it!

  31. I don't know either! So it was good to read all of the others' comments. I just bought some gulf shrimp tonight, and this would be a lovely Saturday night meal. Thank you for sharing!

  32. these looks terrific we have gnocchi often, have made them with spinach sweet potato regular, these are unique sound wonderful!!!

  33. Looks delicious! Never tried gnocchi before, will keep a look out for this now!

  34. I know how you feel, I have also sometimes searched for 'unpronouncable' items ! I pronounce it like this 'Knock Key' but with the 'K' more of a silent 'K'. I have a feeling you will be making this from scratch yourself soon, because you are so adventurous in the kitchen :)

  35. Dearest Pam, this is also new to me too!! Oh and it looks soo YUMMIEE! Im feeling really see it's almost dinner time for me. :) I will have to try this recipe out! Thanks so much for sharing. Have alovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

  36. StephenC, I'm so glad you returned with the correct procedure. I tore the recipe out of some magazine way back when and really thought about sautéing the shrimp and asparagus together. But, against my better judgment, boiled them as the recipe stated, mainly because I was not familiar with cooking gnocchi. Not only was the gnocchi warm, instead of hot, from cooking it first; I ended up with an extra pan for the asparagus. Thanks so much for setting me straight and the next time will be your way! I'll add a note at the bottom of the post. Thanks again! This is a great example of what is good about blogging!

  37. Alwayzbakin, thanks and have a great weekend!

    Katy, good! Thanks for the visit!

    Sommer J, hope you give it a try!

    Jenn, great! I'll be looking for it. Thanks for the tip!

    Louanne, thank you. Have a great weekend!

    Sarah-Jane -, I will have to try if from scratch. Interesting that the flavor changes and it's good to know that it freezes well. Thanks!

    My Farmhouse Kitchen, I wish we lived closer also. That would be a great way to learn about making gnocchi!

    Silence Sings, great! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

    Mimi, thanks! Like I said, it's all new to me and I'm definitely a fan of it now.

    Annie, good! It's really flavorful!

    bellini valli, glad you like it also!

    Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes, lol! It worked! I think I may have even seen one. Great that you like the recipe!

    scrambledhenfruit, you are right on spot!

    Monet, now you know also. Hope you cook this for tonight's dinner!

    Pegasuslegend, yours sound delicious. I'm so glad to be learning about it.

    kitchen flavours, good luck in finding it as it's sooo good!

    FoodFunFarmLife, thanks for the empathy and help with the pronunciation also. Yes, I will be trying it one of these days. Always like something new.

    jacqueline, good! Something new to you also and I hope you try it soon. You have a happy weekend also and I bet you will be rooting for the Saints all the way!

  38. Looks fabulous! Love shrimp and am always looking for new ways to prepare it. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

  39. This looks great. I've wanted to make some gnocchi, but haven't gotten around to it yet. There's something that is just right about the combination of shrimp and asparagus!

  40. ohmygod Pam ~ That looks freaking awesome!
    Ok, i am a little hungry. : )
    Have a great Sunday

  41. Marguerite, me too with the shrimp. Have a good day!

    That's Ron, that's a lot of flavor for sure!

    Karen, I so agree with shrimp and asparagus, a perfect blend.

    Leslie, thank you! You have a great Sunday also!

  42. I do love shrimp!! it is sooooo good!!! and this recipe looks fantastic!

  43. Gnocchi with seafood and pesto looks simply fabulous!

  44. Chocolate Freckles, thanks so much! I love shrimp also!

  45. Wow Pam this dish looks incredible! Marvelous job and very nice picture!

  46. Mmmm I;ve been wanting to try gnocchi for some time now... I just saw it at the store today and almost bought some!

  47. OMG...This dish looks so wonderful and the sound of it makes my mouth water. I will have to give this one a try for sure.

  48. considering you weren't sure how to say it, you certainly did an outstanding job preparing it! What a wonderful combination of flavors!

  49. Mmmm, this combination of ingredients sounds SO good, no matter how you pronounce it.

  50. I've made this exact same recipe before and its delish!

  51. I have never made gnocchi-I am thinking of making my own ravioli this winter.

  52. Angie's Recipes, thanks for stopping by!

    Catherine, thanks so much! Have a good day!

    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum, you'll have to go back and get it! ;)

    MaryBeth, hope you do and enjoy it!

    Chef Dennis, thanks! I was surprised with how delicious it is.

    Lynn, I agree with you all the way.

    Eugenia, great! Then you know for sure how good it is.

    Esme, ravioli sounds great! Good luck with making it.

    Ellie (Almost Bourdain), thanks and have a good day!

  53. wow! i had a gnocchi disaster- I blogged about it and lets just say it was a mess! Anyway, this looks amazing and I will definitely try this!

  54. everyone has pretty much said what i wanted to say - but on my blog i made an almost identical recipe, but i made my own gnocchi with ricotta cheese and it's super easy. :)

  55. My Husband's grandmother made the best gnocchi!!! I have never made it homemade either! I promised the hubby that I would try this Christmas. WE"LL see!! lol


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