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

    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



    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 (131)

lizleask's picture

Great midweek dish - added some chopped bacon and oven-baked for 25 mins. Definitely one to do again.

hannah89's picture

Lovely lovely! However I used 800g chopped tomatos as I thought it was looking too dry, plus added button mushrooms and spinach instead of basil. Will defo make again!

hannah89's picture

Lovely lovely! However I used 800g chopped tomatos as I thought it was looking too dry, plus added button mushrooms and spinach instead of basil. Will defo make again!

hannah89's picture

Lovely lovely! However I used 800g chopped tomatos as I thought it was looking too dry, plus added button mushrooms and spinach instead of basil. Will defo make again!

Ferrari butterfly's picture

very quick and easy, I added some mushrooms to up the veggie content, tasty and comforting.

ffowles's picture

Quick, easy and very tasty! My kids all ate it (such a novelty) and would have had seconds had there been any! Definitely will be making again.

vicwiggers's picture

I added some Chorizo it tasted great. I would say that this would serve 3 with a salad.

emitchell86's picture

This was lovely, I took the skin off some sausages and made little balls and added them which made it so much nicer. Also I used grated chedder on top as I prefer the flavour.

only_me_tracey's picture

i'm veggie and my boyfriends not but when i amde this he loved it!!! we had it with garlic bread and it was lush!!! :D

cowster14's picture

made this tonight was amazing my mum loved it. Added broccoli to recipe otherwise was perfect. Will do again for sure.

suze1's picture

I made this last night for the first time and it was really tasty. I had made the sauce and frozen it sevaral weeks ago to use as a standby.

I cooked the Gnocchi seperately and then added to sauce with some spinach and the mozerella and baked in the oven.

I finished the dish off with some finely grated strong goats "cheddar" just before serving.

I am going to make a large batch of the sauce for the freezer and keep a bag of Gnocchi permantley in the fridge as this is a dish that I will be making over and over again.


grimekinder's picture

Simply wonderful!

west1871's picture

easy to make and quite tasty. Good as a quick weekday meal. Definately needs some bread on the side

chacha18's picture

This was delicious and very easy to make, though i found it only served two. Wold definately make again and maybe try adding some mushrooms or spinach to give more flavour.

medikaty's picture

I didn't think that half the mozarella ball would be enough cheese but it was. This looks very homely and Italian when made.

bandcamper's picture

Tried this tonight, simple and quick. I cooked the gnocchi separately and added to the sauce after it had thickened. Served 2 adults, a 2.5 and 1 year old with no leftovers - kids loved it! Nice with a green salad and crusty bread. Will definitely make again.

joanne_nl's picture

excellent dish! though i did add some water as the sauce was looking very thick at one point and i used all the mozzarella, how can you not really! Next time I would add some muishrooms and maybe cook it all seperately and then combine it. definitely one i'm going to make again. and oh yeah i have no idea how this would feed 4, 3 tops but then i'm about to head back for a second helping :-)

kasiakoczwara's picture

Absolutely great idea for gnocchi!!! My husband would never have them on 'traditional way',just boiled and served sprinkled with olive oil and parmesan. This time ask for more!
I used DC's suggestions: no mozarella, but some creme frache, some strong cheddar staterred on the top, and no basil- couldn't find it.
One thing- 'bubble' time is to long, I thing. Gnocchi are ready in 2-4 min and 10-15 min is far to long. I boiled the sauce for about 5-6min and was lovely!

suzanne-j's picture

Tasty comfort food - we added chorizo to the sauce and used goats cheese instead of mozzarella - worked well!

ktmills16's picture

Gorgeous recipe, i also added mushrooms and a bit of spinach just because i had it in the cupboard.


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