Gnocchi & tomato bake in a serving dish with spoon

Gnocchi & tomato bake

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(299 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 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 or flour and potatoes, cooked and eaten in much the same…

  • 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 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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shephalisillitoe
19th Jan, 2020
5.05
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
3.05
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.
Thymelina
14th Nov, 2019
4.05
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.
helenmck96
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
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Boristhebeagle
1st Nov, 2019
1.05
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.
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lauras89
20th Aug, 2019
4.05
Needs more garlic, salt and pepper. I added marscepone to make make the sauce creamy. Total comfort food!
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blacklabs38
18th Aug, 2019
5.05
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
4.05
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 :)
Food_Enthusiast
25th Jun, 2019
4.05
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!
benzathine
17th Jun, 2019
3.05
I wish I had read the reviews first.

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hello12345678910
7th Jun, 2014
Can we use any substitute for gnocchi???
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goodfoodteam
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.
Keoskies
25th Nov, 2018
4.05
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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