Gnocchi & tomato bake in a serving dish with spoon

Gnocchi & tomato bake

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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 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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25th Nov, 2008
Very easy to make and very tasty. I added a little bit of water during cooking to make it a bit more "saucy" and served with some crusty bread!
9th Nov, 2008
this was my first time with gnocchi, expectations were probably too high. the sauce is a classic one (good one), also added a splash of wine which gave it a nice twist. the red pepper gave it a nice touch as well. it definitely doesn't serve 4 though.. 3 tops!
8th Nov, 2008
Very nice, quick and easy recipe. I put the peppers on the gas hob to burn and peel off the skins before adding. I also whizzed the sauce in the blender so the kids wouldn't moan. I'm making it for the second time today and am adding butternut squash and mushrooms!
1st Nov, 2008
The meal was simple to make but tasted superb. The tomato and pepper go together really well and the mozzarella topped it off nicely. Will definitely make it again!
28th Oct, 2008
I love gnocchi usually, butwas really disappointed with this recipe. I thought the dish was claggy and very boring. I won't make it again.
26th Oct, 2008
16th Oct, 2008
I like! Versatile (you can add veg in any way you think fit) and definately the way that gnocchi is meant to be eaten. I generally find it disappointing, but this dish turns it into a delicious comfort food. Dead quick and easy to make.
8th Oct, 2008
I added some spinach to the ingredients and it was fantastic!
7th Oct, 2008
Easy to prepare and the leftovers taste great!
6th Oct, 2008
added half a red chilli as had no basil, whizzed the sauce in the blender before adding gnocchi as my bairns 'dont do' lumpy sauces and sprinkled some crispy bacon when putting in the cheese, great quick and tasty tea, the pepper made it lovely and sweet


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