Gnocchi & tomato bake in a serving dish with spoon

Gnocchi & tomato bake

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(344 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 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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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
3rd Oct, 2008
Very easy to make and super yummy.
1st Oct, 2008
Really nice. Added some sliced mushrooms too to make it a bit more interesting. Would definitely make again.
30th Sep, 2008
Try boiling the gnocchi on its own, then add the sauce. Place in ovenproof dish. Substitute mozzarella for a few spoonfuls of creme fraiche, scatter with a handful of grated cheddar, then grill for 5-10 mins until starting to bubble/brown on top. The creme fraiche will mix in as you serve.
30th Sep, 2008
really quick, easy & tasty, I didnt use peppers as I dont like them but it was still yum!
26th Sep, 2008
I had never tried gnocchi before this dish the family loved it although we think we would get fed up with it quickly. Also tried with cooked pasta and that worked really well too. I added some pancetta chunks, worcester sauce, 8 drops tobasco, 25g parmesan and a sprinkling of sugar....WOW, try it!
17th Sep, 2008
Really loved this easy to make dish! It's ready in no-time. Nice on a long workingday!
15th Sep, 2008
we didn't rate this. as our first time trying gnocchi, we had great expectations but were disappointed at the stringy chewy taste. The sauce was nice though, and i would make this again but with pasta shells instead =]
6th Sep, 2008
I added a small amount of water (1/4 of the size of the tin that the tomatoes came in), and a splash of red wine to this recipe and it was fab!


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