clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
baked gnocchi in a pan

Cheesy Gnocchi Bake

5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star 4.3 from 6 reviews
  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian


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.


  • 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


  • 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.