Gnocchi with creamy tomato & spinach sauce

Gnocchi with creamy tomato & spinach sauce

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4
Make a change from pasta with this Italian-style midweek meal

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal393
  • fat20g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs48g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre4g
  • protein9g
  • salt1.67g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 garlic clove, crushed
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 140g mascarpone
  • 500g pack gnocchi



    An Italian dumpling made with semolina, flour, potatoes or ricotta and spinach cooked and eaten…

  • 200g bag baby spinach
  • handful basil leaves
  • Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), shavings, to serve (optional)



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Fry the garlic until golden, then add the tomatoes. Season, then simmer for 10 mins. Stir in mascarpone, then cook for 2 mins more.

  2. Meanwhile, boil the gnocchi according to pack instructions. Add the spinach for the final min of cooking. Drain well, pour back into the pan, then stir the sauce through. Mix well and serve immediately with basil leaves and Parmesan shavings scattered over, if you like.

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Comments (43)

louloufrance's picture

We loved this recipe! The only thing I changed was to add a chopped up Italian chili.

djlefevre's picture

Like others I added bacon as suggested. I found this dish overly heavy and fatty, especially with the mascarpone. Next time I'll use some low fat Phili instead. Definitely a decadent dish.

lacer's picture

There were a few comments about this being a bland recipe so I decided to kick it up a notch when I made it. I used chili oil to brown the garlic and added cayenne. I also chopped up black olives and basil to simmer in the sauce. There was nothing bland about this recipe!! It was delicious :-)

lou_rayment's picture

Found this recipe very bland, which is a shame because some of the other gnocchi recipes on this site are very tasty.

laylajaynehay's picture

Love this recipe. I add a frozen red chilli cube to the sauce for a kick and it's perfect.

Jodie Marshall's picture

Made this for our tea the other night. So far this is my favourite veggie recipe from this website. Very easy and so yummy.

AmandaDeCoste's picture

First time ever making a recipe using gnocchi - we loved it! I doubled the recipe but still used only 1 handful of torn basil, and really large garlic cloves - really simple, quick and delicious. I would like to try using the cream cheese spread next time as others have suggestion to help keep the cost down - I think it would taste okay that way, also.

Frantic Flapjack's picture

Wasn't keen on this. I like gnocchi recipes but the spinach didn't bind into the rest of the sauce. Also found it quite stodgy.

penny6's picture

I made this according to the recipe and expected it to be quite wrong was I?may try with peas when I don't have spinach in.

suzymmorton's picture

Delicious. Quite rich and filling. Very simple to make.

robskihockey's picture

Great dish! Fried bacon pieces separately, until crisp, then added them in with the spinach. Gorgeous.....I'm not the only one to come up with this :-)

sheenaf82's picture

Just cooked this, having read other reviews, I added chorizo, some green chillies and lots of salt and pepper! ;) it was beautiful.

gummy86's picture

Really simple, quick & tasty! I added bacon like a couple of other people which worked out very well. If you're making it for 4 people I'd recommend adding a side like garlic bread to bulk the meal out a bit!

amyeve's picture

This was flippin' lovely and easy to make for one! Added pancetta cubes and wilted the spinach in the sauce as recommended. Having the left overs for lunch tomorrow. Will definitely be making this again soon!

fairypetal's picture

Forgot to add that both times I made this I didnt use mascarpone, instead I used low fat Philly, and it was just as nice ...

fairypetal's picture

Made this recipe for me and partner, and neither of us had tried gnocchi before, and I have to say we both love this dish.... the sauce is just delicious.... i took on board other comments and added some smoked bacon to the dish, and wilted the spinach with the sauce, and we both really enjoyed it....I have since made the sauce again..without the smoked bacon and had it with chicken and pasta, and it was just as nice..this is now a firm favourite and one I will be making again and again...

whitechoco84's picture

Don't boil gnocchi - shallow fry it, yum!

rachhach's picture

Great, easy dish to make. I used Philadelphia instead of marscarpone as I didn't have any. I also put it in a glass dish, grated some cheddar over the top and put it in the oven until the cheese was golden, delicious!

doofsteele's picture

Really quick and easy - great mid week supper. I served for unexpected guests and added some bacon as suggested - it was delicious and guest asked for the recipe.

nikkisha's picture

Had it for dinner tonight, made it with chorizo for my non-veggie friend and everyone enjoyed it, i will be making it again :)


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lacer's picture

There were a few comments about this being a bland recipe so I decided to kick it up a notch when I made it. I used chili oil to brown the garlic and added cayenne. I also chopped up black olives and basil to simmer in the sauce. There was nothing bland about this recipe!! It was delicious :-)