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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Votadini
24th May, 2014
5.05
I added a tablespoon of white wine for a little depth and some wilted spinach for colour, texture and taste and it turned out great.
aliceeats
16th Apr, 2014
2.55
Agree with many people below. I used two tins of tomatoes and added some broccoli and green beans which added a bit of colour. Also used a whole ball of less fat mozzarella and served with a side salad. That was enough for four. Really nice, easy midweek dinner, gnocchi is a nice change from pasta.
Ness999
5th Feb, 2014
This is ok, and with a few extra's could be great. I agree with other reviewers that it is nowhere near enough for 4. I managed to get 3 lunch sized servings from the recipe without changes, but they were small serves. I added about half a can of water and some tomato paste, as 1 tin of tomatoes is nowhere near enough liquid. I used reduced fat mozzarella, but the full 125g ball. Next time I would add chilli, 2 tins of tomatoes, and loads of veg. Then it may be enough for 4, or at least a substantial meal for 3.
laurensfull
9th Jul, 2013
Made this tonight, was really tasty, added few extra ingredients, red wine, balsamic vinegar, oregano, salt, pepper, chilli, and used 2 tins of tomatoes, was definitely enough for 4 people. Cooked the gnocchi separately first then added it to the sauce, baked for 10 mins in the oven instead of 5 and then served with tomato and garlic flatbread, was really filling.
sailor83
29th Jun, 2013
Really like this recipe but have a few comments. I feel it's better to soften the onions and peppers for longer before adding the tomatoes. Also tried using Passata instead of tinned tomatoes which I though was nicer. For a bit of a kick I added a small red chilli chopped.
mleociak
12th May, 2013
5.05
Very good food :) super quick, easy and tasty. Nice italian style comfort food. I'll be making it again.
pears47p
3rd May, 2013
5.05
Great quick simple dish. Husband really enjoyed it. Will certainly make it again. A very tasty way of serving gnocchi.
geordielass78
3rd Apr, 2013
5.05
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
19th Mar, 2013
5.05
Delicious and really easy
michellebogers
16th Mar, 2013
Added broccoli and a little parmesan, also left it under the grill a bit longer than suggested. Lovely!

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