Create My Own Recipe...Gnocchi with Roasted Veggies

Today I stepped out of my comfort zone. I made something for dinner without a recipe. Yes, I know many of you do this everyday. Me, however, I dont' do this often. I don't like the idea of something not turning out and feeling like I wasted food. I also at times don't feel very creative with food, but I know I need to get over that. 

So, when I went grocery shopping last week and bought all my groceries including gnocchi and eggplant...two ingredients which I could not remember what I was going to make with them (because I always find the recipes I want to make and make my list accordingly). So I decided to get creative and find something to do with those two ingredients. I did look around for recipes but decided to create something on my own.

The end result...gnocchi with roasted veggies and a Red Pesto Sauce topped with Mozzarella and parmesan cheese! Overall I give it an 8 out of 10...I need to work on the sauce a bit.


1 17oz. pkg Gnocchi (I find mine at Trader Joes..or make your own)
Variety of fresh veggies (I used eggplant, broccoli, onion, mushroom and asparagus)
Olive Oil
4-5 Roma Tomatoes
1/4 c. Pesto (approx. amount)
Italian Seasoning
Garlic Powder
Mozzarella Cheese
Parmesan Cheese


Cut veggies into bite size pieces, toss with Olive Oil and place on a baking sheet. Roast at 350-375 degrees till tender. 

Place tomatoes in a food processor or blender. Add pesto sauce and garlic powder (or fresh garlic..I was out) and any other seasonings to get taste you want. Like I said, I need to work on the sauce. You could also used store bought spaghetti sauce or just a can of tomato sauce seasoned.
Cook gnocchi according to directions.
When gnocchi are done, drain and place in a baking pan. Toss with sauce and top with grated cheeses. Bake at 375 till cheese is melted. Top with roasted vegetables. 
I didn't take a picture of the final product because #1 I forgot and #2 I wasn't sure how it would turn out. Maybe if I have leftovers for lunch I'll take a pic.

So, while not an utter failure, just needs a bit of work. and more than anything, this was a big step for me.

With Joy UNquenchable,


  1. Looks yummy Kirstin! Way to go for trying something on your own. I've done that, but only ingredients I've worked a lot with. I'd have been afraid to try something from my head with these! Would you believe I've never had gnocchi before? I need to try that!


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