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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Bethlav1's picture
22nd Jan, 2015
Fine but not spectacular. I added bacon and spinach which gave it a bit more flavour. As with others here I used extra tomatoes to give a bit more sauce then served with garlic flatbread.
jo_ce2001's picture
1st Jan, 2015
A great recipe..but i made some slight changes. I added some spinach for a bit of interest, but used an inexpensive tomato pasta sauce I had in the cupboard in place of the tinned tomatoes, which turned out to be a great idea and i would do this in the future. I found it to be quite enough with left overs for lunch the next day - though i will say that gnocchi doesn't re-heat all that well - it goes very doughy. A hit with the husband and would make again.
24th Dec, 2014
This worked fairly well, although the gnocchi comes out a little chewy. I added 2 tins of tomatoes - it definitely needs this - and 2 balls of mozzarella with some spread through the middle. I served it with crusty bread. I think next time I would add some chilli as suggested by others below for extra zing as it needs a little something else.
6th Nov, 2014
This didn't work out well for me unfortunately. Was gloopy in texture. Maybe be to do with the gnocci I used as all other reviews of this pretty good but most of ours ended up in the bin :(
26th May, 2014
Alright, but not particularly exciting. Would only make it again with a LOT of additions/changes.
Votadini's picture
24th May, 2014
I added a tablespoon of white wine for a little depth and some wilted spinach for colour, texture and taste and it turned out great.
16th Apr, 2014
Agree with many people below. I used two tins of tomatoes and added some broccoli and green beans which added a bit of colour. Also used a whole ball of less fat mozzarella and served with a side salad. That was enough for four. Really nice, easy midweek dinner, gnocchi is a nice change from pasta.
5th Feb, 2014
This is ok, and with a few extra's could be great. I agree with other reviewers that it is nowhere near enough for 4. I managed to get 3 lunch sized servings from the recipe without changes, but they were small serves. I added about half a can of water and some tomato paste, as 1 tin of tomatoes is nowhere near enough liquid. I used reduced fat mozzarella, but the full 125g ball. Next time I would add chilli, 2 tins of tomatoes, and loads of veg. Then it may be enough for 4, or at least a substantial meal for 3.
9th Jul, 2013
Made this tonight, was really tasty, added few extra ingredients, red wine, balsamic vinegar, oregano, salt, pepper, chilli, and used 2 tins of tomatoes, was definitely enough for 4 people. Cooked the gnocchi separately first then added it to the sauce, baked for 10 mins in the oven instead of 5 and then served with tomato and garlic flatbread, was really filling.
29th Jun, 2013
Really like this recipe but have a few comments. I feel it's better to soften the onions and peppers for longer before adding the tomatoes. Also tried using Passata instead of tinned tomatoes which I though was nicer. For a bit of a kick I added a small red chilli chopped.


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