Gnocchi & tomato bake

Gnocchi & tomato bake

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins Ready in 30 mins

Easy

Serves 4
A comforting veggie main packed with rich Italian flavours

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal285
  • fat7g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs50g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre4g
  • protein10g
  • salt1.64g
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Ingredients

  • 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…

  • 1 onion, chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 500g pack gnocchi
    Gnocchi

    Gnocchi

    noh-kee

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

  • handful basil leaves, torn
    Basil

    Basil

    ba-zil

    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • half a 125g ball mozzarella, torn into chunks

Method

  1. Heat grill to high. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, then soften the onion and pepper for 5 mins. Stir in the garlic, fry for 1 min, tip in the tomatoes and gnocchi, then bring to a simmer. Bubble for 10-15 mins, stirring occasionally, until the gnocchi is soft and the sauce has thickened. Season, stir through the basil, then transfer to a large ovenproof dish.

  2. Scatter with the mozzarella, then grill for 5-6 mins until the cheese is bubbling and golden.

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Comments (131)

geordielass78's picture
5

Tip: To make it extra low fat, try using low-fat mozzarella. Grilling low-fat cheese makes it turn into something resembling plastic, but you can use half-fat mozzarella if you bake it in the oven for 20 minutes instead of putting it under a grill. If I'm baking it, I boil the gnocchi for 1 minute in water before adding to the sauce, as otherwise it dries out too much in the baking.

floydyonfood's picture
5

Delicious and really easy

michellebogers's picture

Added broccoli and a little parmesan, also left it under the grill a bit longer than suggested. Lovely!

mellydexter's picture
4

Great recipe for midweek, I also added a splash of water.
A little bland for us, next time might try some chilli or pancetta or roasting the pepper before adding to the sauce.

Icedune's picture
4

Beware anyone making their own gnocchi instead of buying them - mine fell apart and I ended up with a very tasty soup instead!!

alichia82's picture
5

Very easy, very tasty, added some halved cherry tomatoes to make it look pretty and added just a teaspoon of sugar to the sauce to compliment the tomato and red pepper.

geordielass78's picture
5

Extremely tasty, either as it stands, or with a chopped red chilli or good pinch of chilli flakes added, for a spicier version.

For a non-vegetarian variation, it is especially good with 200g of chorizo added. Chop the chorizo, and slowly dry-fry until the fat runs, then use the fat released to fry off the rest of the onions, pepper etc. instead of frying them in oil.

minty88's picture

I make this a lot! but use two tins of tomatoes and add a teaspoon of dried chilli flakes! give it quite a spice! and easily serves 4 with the extra tin!

lilitd's picture
5

Very fast and yummy, definitely recommend!

lost_hype's picture
4

Used an entire ball of light mozerella and threw in some halved black olives at the end - Delish!

moomoosnake's picture
4

Worked well for me, though found I had to add some water and wine as 400g of tomatoes didn't seem to be enough. Had it with a nice spinach salad.

profilea2's picture
4

great midweek supper. Easy, quick, cheap and tasty!

smariec's picture
4

Really easy to make! I added a little bit of red chilli, oregano and some parmesan for a bit more flavour. Would only serve 2-3 people

l3l392's picture
5

Really nice!! I also wizzed the sauce till smooth and added a dash of paprika and ground corriander!! Had this with home made garlic bread.

Vicki-D-77's picture
4

Quick easy and tasty. Very child friendly too...though I recommend blitzing the sauce before adding the gnocchi to hide tomato/pepper/onion lumps. This is a very filling/comferting dish. Could also be very versatile with different ingredients added!

ruby_may98's picture
5

Quick to do tasted good, great comfort food. Next time will add green pepper too and roughly chopped tomatoes.

janjan87's picture

This went down very nicely for me and my hubby. Added in chicken, chorizo, red wine, Worcester sauce and tomato puree as extras as suggested by a few reviewers and this meal was absolutely delicious! I used two cans of tomatoes instead so the sauce didn't dry out. I cooked the gnocchi separately and added it to the sauce which helped the gnocchi cook properly without going soggy. Also used the whole mozzarella ball which was definitely naughty but nice! Used reduced fat mozzarella for ease the guilt! Also added a sprinkling of mature cheese over the top at the end. I grilled the bake for longer about 10 minutes and found the cheese browned better on top. With all the extras added in, two people got two dinners out of it but if you're feeling greedy you could scoff the lot! Served with leafy Italian salad and tomato and garlic flatbread, yum!

emilysenior's picture

I added 2 tins of tomatoes, and it was a little dry to 'bubble' in the pan. I'd probably add some spinach next time to make it a little more interesting.

monikaechelon's picture
5

Delicious and quite easy to make. I will definitely be making this again. I however don't understand how a 500g pack of gnocchi makes four servings, except if they were supposed to be tiny.

mcsquee's picture
3

ok for a cupboard standby...think will liven it up with some balsamic vinegar next time though.

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