Trader Joes Cauliflower gnocchi with pesto and shrimp is a light and refreshing summer dinner idea ready in under 30 minutes! This healthy gnocchi recipe is made with only clean ingredients and pairs perfectly with your favorite summer wine. Swap out shrimp for chicken or leave it out completely for a flavorful vegetarian dinner. This post was sponsored by Vinho Verde wines, but all opinions are my own!
Summer is coming and I am so excited to kick off this season with Vinho Verde Wines. These Portuguese wines are unique, fresh, and very food-friendly. It’s the perfect wine for all your favorite summer recipes, beach trips, and vacations!
Vinho Verde wines are seriously versatile and definitely not just for summer.
BUT I did happen to make a pretty incredible cauliflower gnocchi recipe that pairs perfectly with their light, refreshing (and most importantly) affordable wines!
I’m not a heavy drinker by any means, but I do enjoy a glass of wine here and there in the summertime. It’s so refreshing to just sip something crisp and light in the heat.
I’d been seeing this cauliflower gnocchi from Trader Joes ALL over Instagram. Like, literally, ALL over Instagram.
So naturally, I had to see what all the fuss was about and bought two bags. YALL, this stuff is incredible. Like I want to hide the bag from Michael incredible.
My only words of advice when it comes to the gnocchi is to ignore the instructions on the bag and prepare it the right way.
How to cook trader joes cauliflower the right way:
- Pour the gnocchi into a bowl and microwave for ~30 seconds or until they are no longer stuck together.
- Spray the gnocchi, not the pan, with olive oil or avocado oil spray. Coat evenly.
- Get your sautee pan nice and hot and pour the cauliflower gnocchi into your pan.
- Cook for 2-3 mins on each side until crispy.
I used my Five Minute Pea Pesto Recipe from last week to make an easy dinner recipe in under 30 minutes because who has more time than 30 minutes for dinner?
Unless we’re whipping up something like honey garlic chicken in the crockpot that is.
Ok, back to the pesto cauliflower gnocchi dinner.
So it’s made with… cauliflower? YEP. Cauliflower, cassava flour, potato starch, extra virgin olive oil + sea salt.
The gnocchi can feel a little heavy which is why I chose to pair it with a fresh white wine from Vinho Verde. They’re young wines released 3-6 months after harvest with vibrant, citrus fruit notes. AKA perfect for pairing with a fresh, pea pesto.
I wanted to keep the green theme going so I tossed it with some sauteed spinach and peas. Not to mention spinach and peas are packed with vitamins and nutrients.
I opted for shrimp with this recipe because, as I mentioned before, gnocchi can feel pretty heavy in the stomach and shrimp is loaded with protein without leaving you feeling stuffed.
For This Pesto and Cauliflower Gnocchi Recipe You Will Need:
- Five Minute Pea Pesto
- Trader Joes Cauliflower Gnocchi
- Olive Oil
You Will Also Need:
I hope you all enjoy this cauliflower gnocchi recipe as much as we did. Don’t forget to pair it with a delicious Vinho Verde wine!
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