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Curd Cheese Gnocchi with Pumpkin Seed Pesto

11 comments Nov 27th, 2010 | By | Category: easy and fast, Recipes

These delicious Gnocchi are made form curd cheese which makes them lighter than the ones form potato. You can be creative with the pesto, the one I made went well with the Gnocchi but pumpkin seed oil is not available everywhere. The best about the dish is, that it is done in such little time.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

cooking time: 8 minutes

difficulty: easy


  • 18 ounces of curd cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 5,5 ounces of flour
  • 7 ounces of Parmesan cheese
  • Pepper
  • For the Pesto:

  • 4,5 ounces of Parmesan cheese
  • 4,3 fl oz pumpkin seed oil
  • a hand full of pumpkin seeds
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/4 white onion
  • some parsley
  • some white wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper


For the Gnocchi: Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix them well. Season with salt and pepper and let it rest for a while.

For the Pesto: Add all ingredients into a mixer and blend until you have a smooth Pesto. Slowly heat the pesto in a pan.

Meanwhile bring water to boil in a pot. Salt lightly.

Form the Gnocchi using a table spoon. Drop the Gnocchi into boiling water and let them boil for 5 minutes. When the Gnocchi rise up in the water, they are done.

Drain them and put them into the pan with the Pesto. make sure they are covered well with Pesto Sauce.
The Gnocchi are ready to be served.


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  1. What a gorgeous recipe!

  2. funny! I just bought some unsalted pumpkin seeds without a clear idea of what to use them in; I thought Mexican it looks like I would be doing Italian! I did not know gnocci were that easy and I never liked the ones with potato.

  3. Those gnocchi are unique! That dish is delightful. Perfect combo.



  4. yum! are cheese curds cottage cheese in America? Love the pumpkin seeds!

  5. Hi Banana Wonder! Well it is and it is not. Have a look here:

    Cheers Tobias

  6. Hello Joumana! Sounds like a good idea to me :)

  7. A what a lovely Fall dish! I love curd cheese myself! Def going to bookmark this recipe Tobias. BTW I made your candied fennel bread this weekend for the 5th time … sent one loaf to my ILs – they loved it! So thanks again for your great recipes!

  8. Awesome recipe and looks delicious too…

  9. Great Gnocchi Recipe! I love the way you used the pumpkin seed oil in your pesto.

  10. This looks wonderful. I wonder if there’s a substitute for curd cheese or quark? I can’t find it very easily. Do you have any ideas?

  11. Hi there Aimee,

    I am not sure what area you are from so it is hard to give an advise. The cheese you are looking for is dryer than sour cream. Can you get a hold of ricotta? Basically you want a not too salty or spicy fresh cheese. Hope you can find some.

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