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

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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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10th Jul, 2017
Just found this disappointing and flavourless, have removed from my binder! Rated as 2* not 1 as system shows - it's not inedible, just bland.
17th Dec, 2016
Definitely a 5 star, though I did adapt it a bit. I added 200 Grm bag of spinach to the pepper and onion in my wok. Wilt down then add Finest tomato and mascarpone pasta sauce to the wok.Cooked gnocchi in pan of boiling water, when cooked add to work. Mix well.put in dish , tear a whole 125 GM mozzarella ball into pieces . Put on top of dish and grill until golden.yummy !!!!!!
24th Nov, 2016
Really nice recipe; I didn't have an oven-proof dish for baking, so simply cooked it in a saucepan - it's still delicious, and the mozarella will melt, but it won't have the crispy grilled texture on the outside. Keeps well for lunch the next day.
28th Jun, 2016
Nice and easy to make your own. I use 800 g gnocchi for 4 portions and double the rest of the ingredients. I also like to add 400 g fresh spinach and wait until that's wilted before adding the tomatoes and gnocchi.
25th Jun, 2016
As per other comments, I cooked the gnocchi separately, added an extra tin of chopped tomatoes, spinach and mushrooms. I didn't put mozzarella, but just before sticking the bake under the grill, I added some light Laughing cow cheese (just because I was looking for a lighter option), and it was lovely. When I stop watching my weight, I will definitely go for a whole ball of mozzarella and/or bacon. I got 4 normal portions out of it. I will make this recipe again with all these extras.
4th Apr, 2016
My wife and I make this a lot. We like lots of toms in it and lots and lots of garlic. We also add in some spicy sausage like chorizo. Yum yum.
24th Nov, 2015
As suggested I added an extra tin of tomatoes, I also added a courgette and some chilli. A really tasty and quick midweek meal.
21st Sep, 2015
Really liked this, especially the red pepper in the sauce, will definitely add bacon next time, as per other reviews. First time, I've tried gnocchi (from Lidl which was very good), lightly fried it first so it didn't collapse in the sauce. Extra cheese also used, but then I always do!
9th Mar, 2015
After reading other comments I added a chopped courgette, added 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder, doubled the mozzarella, added an extra 1/2 can chopped tomatoes and 1/2 can boiled water. Came out lovely and I went back for seconds.
17th Feb, 2015
This was delicious. although I used this recipe for two of us, but that was probably too much! i added dried chilli which was nice. i used low fat mozzarella, I would use full fat next time it didnt melt as easily. Will make again


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