Gnocchi & tomato bake

Gnocchi & tomato bake

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(152 ratings)

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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Vicki-D-77
25th Oct, 2012
4.05
Quick easy and tasty. Very child friendly too...though I recommend blitzing the sauce before adding the gnocchi to hide tomato/pepper/onion lumps. This is a very filling/comferting dish. Could also be very versatile with different ingredients added!
ruby_may98
24th Oct, 2012
5.05
Quick to do tasted good, great comfort food. Next time will add green pepper too and roughly chopped tomatoes.
janjan87
11th Oct, 2012
This went down very nicely for me and my hubby. Added in chicken, chorizo, red wine, Worcester sauce and tomato puree as extras as suggested by a few reviewers and this meal was absolutely delicious! I used two cans of tomatoes instead so the sauce didn't dry out. I cooked the gnocchi separately and added it to the sauce which helped the gnocchi cook properly without going soggy. Also used the whole mozzarella ball which was definitely naughty but nice! Used reduced fat mozzarella for ease the guilt! Also added a sprinkling of mature cheese over the top at the end. I grilled the bake for longer about 10 minutes and found the cheese browned better on top. With all the extras added in, two people got two dinners out of it but if you're feeling greedy you could scoff the lot! Served with leafy Italian salad and tomato and garlic flatbread, yum!
emilysenior
6th Sep, 2012
I added 2 tins of tomatoes, and it was a little dry to 'bubble' in the pan. I'd probably add some spinach next time to make it a little more interesting.
monikaechelon
28th Aug, 2012
5.05
Delicious and quite easy to make. I will definitely be making this again. I however don't understand how a 500g pack of gnocchi makes four servings, except if they were supposed to be tiny.
mcsquee
15th Jul, 2012
3.05
ok for a cupboard standby...think will liven it up with some balsamic vinegar next time though.
aksaia
19th Jun, 2012
IT IS AMAZING :)
ihearttheradio
17th Jun, 2012
4.05
A little culinary gem.
rosiesaxcoburg
10th Jun, 2012
4.05
Me and my boyfriend loved this. Made lots of sauce and froze what we didnt use, but I added balsamic vinegar to the onions (used a red one) and used oak smoked garlic (lots) and a little chilli jam, just to make it a little more interesting. Baked for 15 minutes and served with dough balls. Yummy
new_romantic
23rd May, 2012
3.05
I found this recipe to be a little bit too watery. I think I would change the mozzarella for mascarpone because the mozzarella gets too stringy. But definitely a good dish to do if you're short on time.

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