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Baked Gnocchi with Pesto Parmesan Bechamel


4 Tbsp butter
2 tsp Pastene Minced Garlic
½ cup all purpose flour
2 ½ cups milk
1 ½-2 lb Pastene Italian Gnocchi
2 Tbsp Pastene Pine Nuts, toasted, plus extra as garnish
⅔ cup Pastene Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 cup basil leaves
1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
2 ½ cups baby spinach leaves, divided
1 small bunch kale, blanched then placed in a ice bath, excess water squeezed out
salt and pepper to taste
2 ½ oz cheddar, finely grated


  • Preheat oven to 350° F
  • To make the bechamel, melt butter in a saucepan over low heat and add garlic. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until fragrant. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about 2 minutes. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly, until smooth. 
  • Increase heat to medium, bring to a simmer and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  • Arrange gnocchi in a 2.5L baking dish. Place pine nuts, parmesan, basil, parsley, 2 cups spinach and blanched kale in a food processor. Pour bechamel in the food processor and pulse until smooth and flecked with chopped greens. Add salt and pepper to taste. Scatter remaining spinach over gnocchi and pour bechamel on top. Sprinkle cheddar over the top.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden. Garnish with extra pine nuts before serving.

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