Gnocchi & tomato bake

Gnocchi & tomato bake

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


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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  • 1 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

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

  • 1 onion, chopped



    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



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

  • handful basil leaves, torn



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

  • half a 125g ball mozzarella, torn into chunks


  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 (129)

rosiesaxcoburg's picture

Me and my boyfriend loved this. Made lots of sauce and froze what we didnt use, but I added balsamic vinegar to the onions (used a red one) and used oak smoked garlic (lots) and a little chilli jam, just to make it a little more interesting. Baked for 15 minutes and served with dough balls. Yummy

new_romantic's picture

I found this recipe to be a little bit too watery. I think I would change the mozzarella for mascarpone because the mozzarella gets too stringy. But definitely a good dish to do if you're short on time.

rachel_r's picture

I've made this many times now, it's lovely. I usually add more veg (e.g. courgettes/mushrooms), just because I love dishes with lots of vegetables in them.

rachelulu's picture

Quite disappointing. The gnocchi was stodgy and the sauce was nothing to write home about. The kids (12 and 2) both loved it though!

magdalenas's picture

Perfect mid-week dish, truly recommended. I added mushroom though, which made it even tastier.

hannahsplatter's picture

Quick and easy comfort food, though I think I would add more interesting vegetables if I made again. I would probably try doing the sauce separately too, to make it a bit thicker.

mcgilly's picture

My son loved the gnocchi but wasn't mad about the sauce. I loved it all - easy to make and tasty - but would recommend creme fraiche/cheddar instead of mozarella plus a few diff veg for variety.

annak19's picture

Works well with added mushrooms, spinach and wine, easy midweek supper will make again with tortelloni as i found the gnocchi a bit soft.

pageface's picture

I made this when I had a couple of friends coming round for dinner. So easy to make, and so tasty! I love the added mozarella on top, it creates a nice finish. However, I'd agree with some of the previous comments about the portion sizes. There were only three of us and we finished off the entire bake so I can't see how this is supposed to serve 4.

frozenpixie's picture

This was a brilliant supper with some homemade garlic bread and a couple of chillis in the sauce. I made the gnocchi from scratch, too, which made the dish really fresh and delicious. Super-simple.

littlegreendragon13's picture

Really nice but it's not a meal for 4! I would say 3 at a push but basically a generous meal for 2.

sali4444's picture

Tasted lovely. Very simple and quick for those evenings you need something fast. Mine feed four very easy. Added bit of marmite to my sauce too. Will make again as a conviniant meal.

falooloo's picture

Absolutely delicious! I add little chunks of chorizo which I dry fry in a frying pan first. They really add to the flavour.

zoewindsor's picture

I cooked the gnocchi for 10 mins and then grilled as they are horrible when overdone. Came out great. I prefered it without the moz as had more flavour that way. Simple and good. Think it would be even better with fresh tomatoes. I'll try that next time.

freyanom's picture

add chorizo and it is DELISH!!!

pingu80's picture

Forgot to rate!

pingu80's picture

A Lovely tasty mid week meal, really easy to prepare.

clairemahoney's picture

Made this recipe last week and loved it with some garlic bread! Wasn't sure if I would as it seemed when cooking that there was an awful lot of onion in the sauce but it was great! Would definitely experiment with including different veg next time. Only downside is that I don't think it would serve 4 people.....3 people for a main meal, or 2 for a proper main meal and 2 small leftover portions for lunch the next day!

kazzac's picture

A really quick and tasty dish. I couldn't find vegetarian mozzarella so added spoonfuls of creme fraiche and grated cheddar on top. I also added a good glug of red wine to the sauce. It was lovely and one I'll come back to.

fairystoryteller's picture

This got a big thumbs up in our house! I added a dash of red wine to the sauce and only simmered for 10 minutes with the gnocchi. Like others I used the whole ball of mozzarella - naughty but nice! Served with a simple salad of petit pois and soya beans with a vinaigrette dressing and a generous handful of chopped fresh mint. Yum! Only serves 3 though (or are we a bit greedy?)...


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