This baked gnocchi with tomatoes is rich and creamy with a delicious sauce made from mozzarella cheese. This simple one-pan meal is easy to make but hearty and filling.

baked gnocchi

Gnocchi is one of my favorite comfort foods and I usually keep a package of shelf-stable gnocchi on hand for easy dinners. It’s a great pantry staple because it lasts a long time and you can easily spice it up with just a few ingredients.

gnocchi in a pan

This sauce is rich and creamy but it’s easy to make! Butter, flour, and milk create a simple roux and then the mozzarella cheese creates a deliciously rich sauce. Pour the sauce over toasted gnocchi and sliced tomatoes, and bake until bubbly and crispy!

baked gnocchi

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baked gnocchi

Cheesy Gnocchi Bake

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

This baked gnocchi with tomatoes is rich and creamy with a delicious sauce made from mozzarella cheese. This simple one-pan meal is easy to make but hearty and filling.


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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 16 oz shelf-stable or refridgerated gnocchi
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • Crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat for 30 seconds.
  • Add the gnocchi and toast for 4-5 minutes until the gnocchi begins to brown slightly.
  • Remove the gnocchi from the pan, then add butter to the skillet.
  • Heat over medium heat until melted.
  • Whisk in the flour and continue to cook over medium heat for 1 minute.
  • Add the milk and continue to cook, stirring constantly until the sauce has thickened, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the garlic powder, salt, and mozzarella cheese and continue to stir until the cheese has melted.
  • In an 8×8 pan, combine the toasted gnocchi and chopped tomatoes.
  • Pour the cheese sauce over the gnocchi, and gently mix to combine.
  • Sprinkle with bread crumbs, salt, and crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Bake for 25 minutes uncovered until the top is golden brown.

Keywords: baked gnocchi with tomatoes

 

Looking for other ways to use gnocchi? Try this easy sheet pan gnocchi recipe!

sheet pan gnocchi

What’s your favorite way to eat gnocchi?

This post was originally published February 2012. Updated July 2020.