A great recipe, but how could you go wrong? I actually made a few changes for various reasons: I sauteed the onion with some garlic and then mixed my pesto sauce in with that along with the olives and half n half rather than cream (I thinned this a bit with veg broth so that I could then spoon out a bit to stir into my cooked gnocchi); I broiled the asparagus (I used a whole pound) and left as whole stalks; along with that I broiled strips of cold-cut ham to add a bit of color and protein (and salt, so almost no need for salt elsewhere...and the broiling really makes a cold cut far less ordinary); for a topping I just used some shredded parmesan to keep it simple. Tasty and easy!
Tasty.....was my husband's response. We both love pesto, so this was a winner. I didn't add the ricotta. Personal preference. :)