Gnocchi & tomato bake in a serving dish with spoon

Gnocchi & tomato bake

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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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11th Nov, 2019
I really like this recipe however i followed the portion suggestion (serves 4) and i was using it for lunches and it was far too small for even a lunch- i would say if you follow the size of these ingredients it would be a dinner for 2 at most
Boristhebeagle's picture
1st Nov, 2019
This is my second gnocchi recipe that I have tried, and am not impressed. I thought perhaps that gnocchi would absorb some of the flavours of the sauce when prepared in this way. Not so, it still remains as disgusting as ever. Would have been far better with pasta. Even the sauce in this recipe is not exactly flavoursome, it really needs more seasoning, and a dash of red wine would help. My wife chucked hers in the bin.
lauras89's picture
20th Aug, 2019
Needs more garlic, salt and pepper. I added marscepone to make make the sauce creamy. Total comfort food!
blacklabs38's picture
18th Aug, 2019
Really enjoyed this recipe, but found it took onger to cook than stated, so I think next time I'll cook the gnocchi seperately, and also add some extra ingredients like chorizo and spinach to bulk it out. Overall a nice dish
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Luke Daniel
17th Aug, 2019
I had so much fun with this - made my own gnocchi after seeing how simple it is (just potato, flour and egg + some thyme). Would recommend frying the gnocchi after you boil it to add some extra flavor. Also see below comments for inspiration on extra ingredients to add ! Definitely going to make this again using some of the suggestions below :)
25th Jun, 2019
It's a simple and quick recipe- great for beginners! However I would have added some salt, pepper and chilli peppers to give the gnocchi more flavour. In my experience this recipe makes 890g. A bit small of a serving size for four people (222.5g), maybe think about adding some veggies as a side dish, if you're looking to be healthy!
17th Jun, 2019
I wish I had read the reviews first.
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Rhiannon Miller
9th Apr, 2019
Added sliced italian sausage, diced courgette, a little more garlic and another tin of chopped tomatoes and simmered for 15 mins before adding the gnocchi. Found the recipe a bit light on herbs so added a shake or two of Oregano. I also had a little leftover salsa which I chucked in.
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.


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.
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Cressida Edmonds
9th Oct, 2019
Lidl have gnocchi with a pesto filling in their "when it's gone it's gone!" section and they work very well with this recipe.
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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