Vegan sheet pan 20-Minute Pesto-Gnocchi with Burst Tomatoes is quick, easy and cheap to make. Use an air-fryer or oven. No saucepan required.
- 2/3 cup cashews
- 2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds)
- 4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
- Drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1/3 cup for the pesto and more as needed
- 2 (12-ounce) packets frozen gnocchi or 1 (16-ounce) packet pasta
- 2 packed cups fresh basil leaves
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/3 cup vegan parmesan or nutritional yeast
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Soak cashews: If you don’t own a high-speed blender, soak the cashews in boiled water for 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF if you are not using an air-fryer.
- Cook pasta, if using: If you are using pasta instead of gnocchi, cook the pasta according to the directions on the packet until al dente.
- Roast tomatoes and garlic: Spray or drizzle the tomatoes and garlic with olive oil. Air-fry at 400º for about 5 minutes, or roast on a large rimmed baking sheet for 15 minutes, until the tomatoes burst.
- Roast gnocchi: Spray or drizzle the frozen gnocchi, if using, with olive oil. Roast at 400ºF in the air-fryer for about 7 minutes, or until golden brown, tossing halfway. Or roast on a large rimmed baking sheet at the same time as the tomatoes for about 12 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Remove the skins from the roasted garlic cloves and discard.
- Make pesto: Transfer the cashews, basil, garlic, olive oil, parmesan, and lemon juice to a blender. Add 2 tablespoons water. Blend on high until smooth, adding more olive oil or water until the desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.
- Optional: Transfer the pesto and tomatoes to a small saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, mixing the tomatoes into the pesto, until warmed through.
- Serve the gnocchi with the tomatoes and pesto.
- Prep Time: 0 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Main Course
- Cuisine: Vegan
Keywords: roasted gnocchi, cashew pesto, vegan pesto, vegan pasta, burst tomatoes, quick vegan dinner, easy vegan dinner