Gnocchi & tomato bake in a serving dish with spoon

Gnocchi & tomato bake

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(211 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 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 1 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan, then soften 1 chopped onion and 1 finely chopped red pepper for 5 mins.

  2. Stir in 1 crushed garlic clove, fry for 1 min, tip in 400g chopped tomatoes and 500g gnocchi, then bring to a simmer.

  3. Bubble for 10-15 mins, stirring occasionally, until the gnocchi is soft and the sauce has thickened.

  4. Season, stir through a handful of torn basil leaves, then transfer to a large ovenproof dish.

  5. Scatter with torn chunks of half a 125g mozzarella ball, then grill for 5-6 mins until the cheese is bubbling and golden.

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Katie Marshall
26th Jun, 2018
At first, I found this recipe a little bland and liquidy so the second time around, I fried the gnocchi with the onion so it didn't lose its shape in the sauce, then added much more mozzarella as well as a stock cube to the sauce and sage instead of basil. Yum!
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Katrina Daoud
27th Mar, 2018
After reading comments I also added spinach and italian sausage. Recipe is really easy and delicious. I'd make again but i would add mushrooms instead of red pepper only because i prefer that flavour to the strong red pepper flavour you get in this dish.
20th Dec, 2017
Four tiny people more like it. Double up if you want to feed 4 normal sized people
20th Sep, 2017
This is a great recipe. It is quick and easy to prepare, perfect for swimming lesson nights when I have very hungry children. I served mine with garlic bread.
13th Sep, 2017
This is a great base dish which can be adapted to make it to make it even better. I added chorizo, passata, more garlic and herbs and more mozarella. Yummy, everyone loved it.
9th Sep, 2017
I added meat balls, mixed herbs and a pinch of chilli. I used the whole mozzarella ball. It was yummy and quick to make.
26th Aug, 2017
Bland and tasteless, too much tomato and too little flavour. Next time I'd go with half the quantity of tomatoes, and add spinach and mushrooms.
10th Jul, 2017
Just found this disappointing and flavourless, have removed from my binder! Rated as 2* not 1 as system shows - it's not inedible, just bland.
17th Dec, 2016
Definitely a 5 star, though I did adapt it a bit. I added 200 Grm bag of spinach to the pepper and onion in my wok. Wilt down then add Finest tomato and mascarpone pasta sauce to the wok.Cooked gnocchi in pan of boiling water, when cooked add to work. Mix well.put in dish , tear a whole 125 GM mozzarella ball into pieces . Put on top of dish and grill until golden.yummy !!!!!!
24th Nov, 2016
Really nice recipe; I didn't have an oven-proof dish for baking, so simply cooked it in a saucepan - it's still delicious, and the mozarella will melt, but it won't have the crispy grilled texture on the outside. Keeps well for lunch the next day.


7th Jun, 2014
Can we use any substitute for gnocchi???
goodfoodteam's picture
12th Jun, 2014
You could make this with pasta or filled tortellini instead, thanks.
25th Nov, 2018
tastes fantastic, but make sure to season with salt and pepper - i also used x2 cans of chopped tomatoes, it made it saucier and made larger portions.
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