Gnocchi & tomato bake in a serving dish with spoon

Gnocchi & tomato bake

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(358 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


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    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 or flour and potatoes, cooked and eaten in much the same…

  • 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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Chloe AR's picture
Chloe AR
7th Jun, 2020
Quite a bland recipe. I added extra garlic, tomato purée, chilli flakes and extra mature cheddar once ready to add a bit of flavour. Think the sauce would benefit with a bit of stock cube maybe? It was nice and quick, but I had to add quite a lot to the recipe.
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Bhavesh Madaan
25th May, 2020
Thanks for sharing this gnocchi tomato baked recipe. A perfect recipe for you and your family. Also here i have a special baked gnocchi recipe. Check out the recipe here:
12th Apr, 2020
Love this recipe, comforting healthy an flavourful and very filling! I don’t know why people are moaning about the no garlic or no salt and pepper.... it literally states in the recipe for 1 clove of garlic and to season when the sauce is thickening ... think they need to get their eyes checked!!
shephalisillitoe's picture
19th Jan, 2020
This was a lovely dish and great on a cold day. I have hungry teenagers, so for 5 people i doubled the recipe and had a little let over for the next day. The changes we made were: We used 2 garlic cloves - but grated them to get all the flavour and juices out We used 1 red chilli - which added a lovely kick to the dish We also added in some whole fresh tomatoes and broccoli (cut small) You definitely need more cheese if you want to cover the top, as we didnt have enough mozzarella we filled in the gaps with grated cheddar cheese. All in all, everyone loved the dish.
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Anna Clover
30th Dec, 2019
It's OK - I mean gnocchi, cheese and tomato, what's not to like? It definitely needs some more seasoning though - herbs, red wine, garlic anything to add a little more life to the dish. It does seem like a good beginners meal to cook though, it's very simple.
14th Nov, 2019
Very easy dinner recipe, and doesn't require a lot of ingridients. However I agree with other reviewers here, that salt and black pepper are needed. You may also add another clove of garlic or two if you like. I added one extra, and black pepper. Wish I had tossed in some salt too, because the sauce is on the sweet side. I didn't have fresh basil, so dried was used which worked fine. I had never tried gnocchi before so was happy to find this recipe. I am contemplenting pouring some red wine in the sauce next time, as well as I might choose thyme instead of basil for a different flavour.
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


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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