Gnocchi & tomato bake in a serving dish with spoon

Gnocchi & tomato bake

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(259 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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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.
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.
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.
12th May, 2013
Very good food :) super quick, easy and tasty. Nice italian style comfort food. I'll be making it again.
3rd May, 2013
Great quick simple dish. Husband really enjoyed it. Will certainly make it again. A very tasty way of serving gnocchi.
3rd Apr, 2013
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.
19th Mar, 2013
Delicious and really easy
16th Mar, 2013
Added broccoli and a little parmesan, also left it under the grill a bit longer than suggested. Lovely!
13th Mar, 2013
Great recipe for midweek, I also added a splash of water. A little bland for us, next time might try some chilli or pancetta or roasting the pepper before adding to the sauce.
12th Feb, 2013
Beware anyone making their own gnocchi instead of buying them - mine fell apart and I ended up with a very tasty soup instead!!


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