Tomato Basil Gnocchi

This tomato basil sheet pan gnocchi recipe is so easy: there’s no boiling required! Bake it up with pesto and prepare to be amazed. Did you know one of the easiest ways to cook gnocchi is…baked on a sheet pan? Nope, no boiling a big pot of water involved! Throw them onto a sheet pan, top with pesto and add veggies, and throw them in the oven. They bake up to a deliciously crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside texture that’s ultra delicious and so so easy. We’ve been wanting to try this method forever, so we jumped on it when Jessica Merchant offered to let us share a recipe from her brilliant new book, Everyday Dinners. This recipe is perfect for summer and totally customizable for any season. Come experience the magic! What you need for this gnocchi recipe Gnocchi (say it like NYOW-kee) is Italian pasta dumplings made with potatoes, egg and flour. For this recipe, we’ll be using store-bought gnocchi, easy to find at your local grocery. Sheet pan gnocchi is a dream, because instead of boiling it all you have to do is pop it on a baking sheet! There are many variations on […]

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This tomato basil sheet pan gnocchi recipe is so easy: there’s no boiling required! Bake it up with pesto and prepare to be amazed.

Gnocchi recipe

Did you know one of the easiest ways to cook gnocchi is…baked on a sheet pan? Nope, no boiling a big pot of water involved! Throw them onto a sheet pan, top with pesto and add veggies, and throw them in the oven. They bake up to a deliciously crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside texture that’s ultra delicious and so so easy. We’ve been wanting to try this method forever, so we jumped on it when Jessica Merchant offered to let us share a recipe from her brilliant new book, Everyday Dinners. This recipe is perfect for summer and totally customizable for any season. Come experience the magic!

What you need for this gnocchi recipe

Gnocchi (say it like NYOW-kee) is Italian pasta dumplings made with potatoes, egg and flour. For this recipe, we’ll be using store-bought gnocchi, easy to find at your local grocery. Sheet pan gnocchi is a dream, because instead of boiling it all you have to do is pop it on a baking sheet! There are many variations on the concept of baking gnocchi on a sheet pan: Jessica has a few seasonal variations in Everyday Dinners. Here’s what you’ll need for this simple summery version:

  • Packaged uncooked gnocchi: use your favorite brand! Look for gluten-free if desired. See more below!
  • Cherry or grape tomatoes: Use all the best summer produce, or great grocery tomatoes (hydroponic have good flavor)
  • Fresh basil: A must!
  • Basil pesto: Find your favorite purchased brand or make homemade pesto
  • Spices: Garlic powder oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper
  • Parmesan cheese: For topping!
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Keep reading for more about Everyday Dinners — recipe excerpted from the book with permission from Jessica Merchant

How to works: throw it all on a sheet pan!

Standard Italian gnocchi is typically boiled, then warmed in a skillet with a sauce or added to sautéed veggies. This sheet pan gnocchi is a brilliant concept where you simply throw the uncooked gnocchi onto the sheet pan with veggies and seasonings. Here’s what to note:

  • Throw it on uncooked: right from the package. It feels strange the first time, but the steam from the veggies and oven cooks the gnocchi right up!
  • It comes out soft with crisp edges. The texture comes out beautifully crisp on the outside and cooked through. Don’t expect it to be as soft and doughy as boiled gnocchi. It’s like a whole new version of itself!
  • Leftovers need to be re-warmed. This gnocchi recipe is best right from the oven, but you can save leftovers refrigerated. Just note that they become hard in the fridge (vs boiled gnocchi that stay doughy). You’ll need to re-warm leftovers before enjoying them!
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Types of gnocchi to use in this recipe

You can use most types of gnocchi that you find at the store for this recipe. Here are some notes on what to use:

  • Potato gnocchi: Use any brand: we like DeLallo (in fact, DeLallo taught us to make potato gnocchi once!)
  • Gluten free gnocchi: Several brands also offer gluten-free gnocchi
  • Cauliflower gnocchi: You can use the massively popular Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi too! See the notes in the recipe below (thanks, Jessica!)
  • Homemade gnocchi: Don’t use homemade gnocchi in this recipe: the texture won’t hold up in the oven. Use the traditional boiling method for those!
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About the book: Everyday Dinners by Jessica Merchant!

This gnocchi recipe and the sheet pan technique comes straight from Jessica Merchant’s delightful new book, Everyday Dinners. The subtitle is “Real-life recipes to set your family up for a week of success,” and my, does it deliver on that promise! This book is one of those where you look at each page and think…I want to make that! And that. And that!

Jessica is a mastermind in the kitchen: mom of two, author of the website How Sweet Eats and overall incredible human. The book is super practical yet full of fresh, inventive flavors. Some recipes we’ve got our eye on: Crispy Orange Cauliflower with Coconut Rice, Burrata Baked Ziti (I mean, burrata!), and Smashed Chili Sweet Potatoes. Congrats to Jessica on an incredible collection of beautiful, creative recipes!

Variations on this gnocchi recipe

There are so many variations on this gnocchi recipe! You can add other types of veggies that cook in 20 to 25 minutes. Just be careful to not crowd the pan: otherwise it may take a little longer to cook! If you’re adding to this recipe, also make sure to increase the seasonings accordingly. Here are some ideas for other veggies that would work well:

  • 1 or 2 bell peppers
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 small yellow squash
  • 2 cups broccoli florets (cut small)
  • Sliced onions

When it comes out of the oven, you can also add lots of other fresh herbs: like thyme, oregano, basil, chives, or dill. What would you add to this dish?

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Make it vegan / plant-based!

Last note — you can make this gnocchi recipe vegan or plant-based! Here’s what to do:

  • Make sure the gnocchi is vegan. Some brands’ potato gnocchi is already vegan (like DeLallo). Others sell vegan gnocchi.
  • Make vegan pesto. Our Vegan Pesto recipe is to die for!
  • Omit the Parmesan cheese. Make sure everything is salted well, and you don’t need it!

This gnocchi recipe is…

Vegetarian. For vegan and gluten free, see the notes in the recipe.

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Tomato Basil Gnocchi


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutese
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minute
  • Yield: 2 or 3 as a meal, 4 as a side
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This tomato basil sheet pan gnocchi recipe is so easy: there’s no boiling required! Bake it up with pesto and prepare to be amazed.


Ingredients

  • 1 16-ounce package uncooked potato gnocchi (vegan or gluten free as desired, or cauliflower gnocchi*)
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto (use Vegan Pesto for vegan)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup freshly shaved Parmesan cheese, for topping (omit for vegan)
  • 1 handful torn or chopped basil leaves, for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray or line it with parchment paper. 
  2. SPread the gnocchi and tomatoes out on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Drizzle with the olive oil and toss. Spoon on the pesto and toss until everything is coated. Sprinkle with the garlic powder, salt, pepper, oregano, dried basil, and red pepper flakes and toss well to combine everything. Make sure everything, especially the gnocchi, is seasoned well. 
  3. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes until the gnocchi is tender, tossing once during the cook time. 
  4. Serve the gnocchi immediately. Sprinkle with the Parmesan, additional red pepper flakes, and fresh basil. (As a note, any leftover gnocchi becomes hard in the fridge; you’ll want to reheat it again before eating leftovers.)

Notes

*Look for vegan or gluten-free gnocchi for those diets (some brands are already vegan). You can also make this using Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi. Use them right from the freezer, and make sure the gnocchi are not clumped together. Roast about 25 to 30 minutes, and note the outsides might not get as crisp as the standard potato gnocchi.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian inspired

Keywords: Gnocchi recipe, gnocchi, sheet pan gnocchi

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Saucy Sun Dried Tomato Gnocchi.

This sun dried tomato gnocchi is the ultimate comfort food. I am a huuuuuge fan of gnocchi. I loathed all pasta when I was a kid (weird, I know, right?) but my mom had pasta night every Thursday. Gnocchi was the only pasta I enjoyed so it was a frequent dish! It’s just so fluffy […]

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This sun dried tomato gnocchi is the ultimate comfort food.

saucy sun dried tomato gnocchi

I am a huuuuuge fan of gnocchi. I loathed all pasta when I was a kid (weird, I know, right?) but my mom had pasta night every Thursday. Gnocchi was the only pasta I enjoyed so it was a frequent dish!

It’s just so fluffy and cloud-like with the perfect bite. I can never get enough. 

diced sun dried tomatoes

One of our favorite local restaurants has an incredible gnocchi dish (it’s served in a freaking bread bowl! omg!) that is absolutely wonderful. It’s not really described as a tomato cream sauce, but it definitely has a creamier consistency than regular marinara. 

This dish reminds me of that so much and it’s exactly what I was going for!

YUM.

In the early weeks of this pregnancy, we got their take-out a few times and the gnocchi was all I wanted in life. It is just incredible.

sun dried tomato gnocchi ready for the oven

I made this baked gnocchi as a nod to that (so we could have it at home!) before the holidays and just didn’t get a chance to share it with you.

It’s definitely an indulgent dish. It’s like a sunday dinner dish that you served with a big salad and maybe some sourdough. And it’s rich and indulgent but the gnocchi is also pillowy and light, so it makes for the best combination.

saucy sun dried tomato gnocchi

I personally love to make a big house salad with it. Crisp and refreshing pairs well with hot and saucy pasta. Plus bread for dipping!

saucy sun dried tomato gnocchi

When it comes to the sun dried tomato sauce, it could not be easier! I use a jar of sun dried tomatoes and add some garlic. A little stock, some cream, some herbs and of course parmesan. It bakes and gets all bubbly and the cheese on top gets perfectly melty too.

It.is.wonderful. 

saucy sun dried tomato gnocchi

This can be a main dish if you serve it with said salad, or it could be a side dish depending on what else is being served. It is a great dish to bring to a party or family gathering (once we can do that again!) if it accompanies other dishes too. Everyone loves it!

A big sprinkle of parmesan, some crushed red pepper flakes… this is incredible.

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Sun Dried Tomato Gnocchi

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Saucy Sun Dried Tomato Gnocchi

This saucy sun dried tomato gnocchi is baked and topped with melty cheese! Bubbly and warm, it's the ultimate comfort food. Yum.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 4 to 6 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 (7 oz) jar sun dried tomatoes in oil, drained
  • 2 lbs gnocchi, cooked according to package directions (this is usually 2 packages)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable, or chicken! stock
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • cup heavy cream or half and half
  • ½ cup finely grated parmesan cheese, plus more for sprinkling
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced or torn into pieces
  • fresh basil, for garnish
  • crushed red pepper flakes, for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Place the sun dried tomatoes on a paper towel and press out some of the oil to remove it. This is important or your sauce will be oily! Really press the oil out. Dice the tomatoes.
  • Cook the gnocchi according to the package directions. This should only take about 3 to 5 minutes!
  • Heat the olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium-low heat. Add the sun dried tomatoes and the garlic with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until they soften.
  • Place the stock in a shaker cup or bottle. Add the flour and shake the mixture for 30 seconds to create a slurry. Pour the mixture into the tomatoes in the pan while stirring constantly. Stir for a few minutes as the mixture warms up (it may thicken a bit).
  • Stir in the cream and the parmesan until combined. Add in the gnocchi and stir to combine. Top with the torn mozzarella. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until bubbly and melty.
  • Top with fresh basil, extra parmesan and red pepper flakes.

saucy sun dried tomato gnocchi

Want to nap on one of those pasta pillows!

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Smoked Sausage and Kale Skillet Gnocchi.

This sausage kale skillet gnocchi is weeknight meal perfection!  It’s one of those meals that you can throw together quickly, it tastes amazing AND the leftovers are delicious. I mean, it doesn’t get any better than that.  This skillet starts with browning some smoked sausage and then adding in kale until it cooks down a […]

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This sausage kale skillet gnocchi is weeknight meal perfection! 

smoked sausage and kale gnocchi skillet

It’s one of those meals that you can throw together quickly, it tastes amazing AND the leftovers are delicious. I mean, it doesn’t get any better than that. 

preparing smoked sausage and kale gnocchi skillet

This skillet starts with browning some smoked sausage and then adding in kale until it cooks down a bit. While this happens, boil some gnocchi then add it into the pan. Throw in your parmesan and a bit of stock and oh MY.

Dinner is served.

smoked sausage and kale gnocchi skillet

I’m all about dinner but one of my goals for the new year is to perfect dinner in our house every weeknight. By that, I mean to have more of a plan, have it ready at a certain time every night and get the kids in a great routine of looking forward to dinner and enjoying it.

Growing up, dinnertime was one of my favorite parts of the day so that’s my goal!

And we’re starting with this delish gnocchi skillet. You may eat everything out of the pan before it makes it to a plate!

smoked sausage and kale gnocchi skillet

Ugh! I just can’t take how good this is.

I like to use prepared smoked turkey sausage for this recipe – as I do with all my smoked sausage recipes. It’s just my preference. But feel free to use a smoked pork sausage or any other pre-cooked sausage that you enjoy! 

When it comes to the gnocchi, I buy shelf stable and it’s just so simple. Only takes a few minutes to cook.

smoked sausage and kale gnocchi skillet

The kale is wilty and chewy and delicious flavored. The light sauce comes together with chicken stock and parmesan. It’s not an overly saucy skillet, which is exactly how I like these meals. There is enough to give it some flavor and keep the dish moist, but the ingredients are swimming in anything. 

Throwing everything in the skillet is easy and simple. And honestly, you could probably even try my sheet pan gnocchi method with these ingredients too. 

SO easy!

smoked sausage and kale gnocchi skillet

Sausage Kale Skillet Gnocchi

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Smoked Sausage and Kale Skillet Gnocchi

This sausage kale skillet gnocchi is loaded with flavor and such a delicious, simple weeknight meal. Parmesan and pepper flakes top it off!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 pound gnocchi
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 12 ounces precooked smoked turkey sausage, sliced into rounds
  • 1 large bunch of kale, stems removed and chopped (you want about 4 to 6 cups)
  • ¾ cup chicken stock
  • ¾ cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Once it boils, cook the gnocchi according to the package directions.
  • While the water is boiling, Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil with the shallots and garlic. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add in the sliced sausage and cook until the sausage is browned on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  • Add in the chopped kale and stir. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, until it wilts a bit. Stir in the chicken stock and let it warm for a few minutes, continuing to wilt the kale.. Add the gnocchi to the pan. Stir in the parmesan cheese. Cook for a few more minutes to bring everything together. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and serve!
  • Leftovers of this are great - you may want to add a bit of stock if it dries out when reheating.

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This flavor is TOPS.

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Butter Parmesan Gnocchi with Squash, Corn & Tomatoes

Butter Parmesan Gnocchi with Squash, Corn, & Tomatoes is a great quick and easy weeknight meal and is especially delicious during the summertime when produce is at it’s peak! I can’t get enough of this Butter Parmesan Gnocchi with Squas…

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Sheet Pan Sausage Gnocchi

This Sheet Pan Sausage Gnocchi has all the classic Italian flavors your family loves! Sausage, marinara, and cheese make this a delicious weeknight dish. Sheet Pan Gnocchi Whenever I share a sheet pan dinner or pasta bake recipe I get requests for more…

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Easy Creamy Gnocchi Sauce

This creamy gnocchi sauce is done in minutes! Pecorino cheese, butter and pepper make the tastiest weeknight dinner: Italian comfort food at its finest. Dinner in 15 minutes? Oh yes. Alex and I have a new trick we’ve been dying to share with you: our Creamy Gnocchi Sauce! It takes just minutes to make the sauce, and the gnocchi boil up in 3 minutes. The flavor? It tastes like the fanciest ever mac and cheese: but takes literally no effort at all. We modeled it after one of our favorite Italian recipes, Cacio e Pepe pasta (literally “cheese and pepper pasta” in Italian). Our version uses gnocchi pasta and it’s simply to die for. Alex and I curled up with bowls of this comfort food on the couch on a rainy evening and it was pretty much perfection! Secrets to the fastest gnocchi sauce So, back to that Cacio e Pepe. Alex and I had this famous simple pasta dish in Rome and fell in love. It’s a sauce made with Pecorino Romano cheese, a hard cheese that’s like Parmesan on steroids. It’s so savory and salty, you barely need to use salt with it! In traditional Cacio e Pepe, […]

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This creamy gnocchi sauce is done in minutes! Pecorino cheese, butter and pepper make the tastiest weeknight dinner: Italian comfort food at its finest.

Easy Creamy Gnocchi Sauce

Dinner in 15 minutes? Oh yes. Alex and I have a new trick we’ve been dying to share with you: our Creamy Gnocchi Sauce! It takes just minutes to make the sauce, and the gnocchi boil up in 3 minutes. The flavor? It tastes like the fanciest ever mac and cheese: but takes literally no effort at all. We modeled it after one of our favorite Italian recipes, Cacio e Pepe pasta (literally “cheese and pepper pasta” in Italian). Our version uses gnocchi pasta and it’s simply to die for. Alex and I curled up with bowls of this comfort food on the couch on a rainy evening and it was pretty much perfection!

Easy Gnocchi Sauce

Secrets to the fastest gnocchi sauce

So, back to that Cacio e Pepe. Alex and I had this famous simple pasta dish in Rome and fell in love. It’s a sauce made with Pecorino Romano cheese, a hard cheese that’s like Parmesan on steroids. It’s so savory and salty, you barely need to use salt with it! In traditional Cacio e Pepe, you’ll make the sauce with just Pecorino cheese, pepper, butter and pasta water. Then you’ll serve it over spaghetti.

For a twist on this classic concept, here we’ve used gnocchi instead: those doughy pasta balls that are a little like tiny dumplings. Let me tell you: this creamy Pecorino sauce is truly incredible with gnocchi! It’s amazing that 3 simple ingredients come together into this most flavorful, creamy sauce. Here are the secrets to the sauce:

  • Use Pecorino Romano cheese (a must!). You can’t get away with Parmesan here: Pecorino is essential for the flavor. You can find it at most grocery stores near the Parmesan.
  • Save that pasta water. Here, using the water the pasta was cooked in lends a creamy body to the sauce. Along with butter, it’s essential for making the right consistency, so don’t forget to save it out!
  • Use a healthy dose of black pepper. Using 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper might seem like a lot, but the sauce doesn’t come out too spicy: we promise! It brings in the final element of the flavoring.
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Serving this gnocchi with creamy sauce

All you need to do to serve this gnocchi sauce is garnish: we suggest a little more Pecorino Romano cheese. If you’d like to bring in a little color, you can add chopped fresh herbs like basil, thyme or oregano. But it’s really not needed at all (honestly, we just did it to make the photo look happier!).

Some nights all we want to eat is doughy balls of goodness in a creamy gnocchi sauce. But to make it a balanced meal (which, would probably be good too!), here a few side dishes we recommend pairing with it:

Creamy Gnocchi Sauce

Other fast & easy weeknight dinners

Alex and I love creating easy weeknight dinners for you, because let’s face it: it’s really hard to find them! And it’s hard to find “one size fits all” type of dinners: every person and family has different tastes, diets, and definitions of the word “easy”.

But we think this one is pretty darn fast and easy, if we might say so ourselves! Here are a few more of our favorite go-to easy weeknight dinners for when we’re in a rush:

This gnocchi sauce recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten free, use Gluten Free Gnocchi.

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Easy Creamy Gnocchi Sauce

Easy Creamy Gnocchi Sauce


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 to 4

Description

This creamy gnocchi sauce is done in minutes! Pecorino cheese, butter, and pepper make the tastiest easy weeknight dinner: Italian comfort food at its finest.


Ingredients

  •  1 pound packaged gnocchi (for gluten-free, use gluten free gnocchi)
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese, plus more for garnish
  • Kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil, seasoned with about 1 tablespoon kosher salt.
  2. Once the water is boiling, add the gnocchi and boil until they float, about 2 to 3 minutes. Save out 1/2 cup of the pasta water, then drain the gnocchi and keep it in the strainer while you quickly make the sauce.
  3. Melt the butter with the pepper and heat it for 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water and heat for 1 minute.
  4. Pour the butter mixture into gnocchi pan and add the Pecorino cheese. Stir for a minute until a creamy sauce forms. Add the gnocchi and serve warm, garnished with more Pecorino.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Pasta

Keywords: Gnocchi Sauce, Gnocchi, Fast Dinner, Fast Dinner Idea, Easy Weeknight Dinner

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Gnocchi & Cauliflower Casserole

This cozy cauliflower casserole is filled with chewy gnocchi pasta pillows and Parmesan cheese, and it’s seriously easy to make. Double win! If you’re anything like us, you’re obsessed with cauliflower. Ten years ago we didn’t even have the know-how to consider the words obsessed and cauliflower in the same sentence. But fast forward to today, and cauliflower has gotten a major makeover. The internet and cookbooks are brimming with delectable recipes like buffalo cauliflower bites and cauliflower risotto. Turns out, cauliflower is cool again. This cauliflower casserole is a recipe from the most gorgeous new cookbook, The Forest Feast Mediterranean, and goodness does it make this humble veggie tastier than ever. And this book: well, it’s one of our favorites all year. Keep reading for the recipe and more about the book! About the book: The Forest Feast Mediterranean The Forest Feast: Mediterranean is the latest in a series of cookbooks by our dear pal Erin Gleeson of The Forest Feast. Erin moved to a cabin in the woods and started creating vegetarian recipes and painting layouts of the recipes. It was so unique and gorgeous that people all over the internet took note, which led to her first […]

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This cozy cauliflower casserole is filled with chewy gnocchi pasta pillows and Parmesan cheese, and it’s seriously easy to make. Double win!

Cauliflower casserole

If you’re anything like us, you’re obsessed with cauliflower. Ten years ago we didn’t even have the know-how to consider the words obsessed and cauliflower in the same sentence. But fast forward to today, and cauliflower has gotten a major makeover. The internet and cookbooks are brimming with delectable recipes like buffalo cauliflower bites and cauliflower risotto. Turns out, cauliflower is cool again. This cauliflower casserole is a recipe from the most gorgeous new cookbook, The Forest Feast Mediterranean, and goodness does it make this humble veggie tastier than ever. And this book: well, it’s one of our favorites all year. Keep reading for the recipe and more about the book!

Forest Feast Mediterranean Cookbook

About the book: The Forest Feast Mediterranean

The Forest Feast: Mediterranean is the latest in a series of cookbooks by our dear pal Erin Gleeson of The Forest Feast. Erin moved to a cabin in the woods and started creating vegetarian recipes and painting layouts of the recipes. It was so unique and gorgeous that people all over the internet took note, which led to her first book The Forest Feast. Now she’s back with another book and it’s truly a jaw-dropping masterpiece. The Forest Feast: Mediterranean chronicles a trip Erin took through Europe with her two young children! You might remember Alex and I took Larson on a much shorter dream trip to Italy, Croatia and Spain around the same time, so Erin capturing this region we love so dearly makes this book extremely personal to us as well.

The book has 100 vegetarian recipes and lush illustrations that transport you to this beautiful part of the world. Whether it’s this cauliflower casserole from Italy or patatas bravas from Spain, the artwork conveys so much of the feeling of the place, we feel like we can save the money on plane tickets just by cooking from this book. It’s a fantastic coffee table book, and at the same time a practical cooking manual for fresh, veggie-forward Mediterranean recipes.

Get the book: The Forest Feast: Mediterranean

PS If you’re into travel and food, check out our Travel page for more inspiration. And if you’re considering venturing out with toddlers, read our Traveling with Toddlers: A Survival Guide page.

Gnocchi & Cauliflower Casserole

Why make this cauliflower casserole?

This cheesy cauliflower casserole is cozy and flavored with Parmesan cheese. The best part? Chewy gnocchi pillows are mixed in with the cauliflower, making for a surprising mix of satisfying bites.

Gnocchi are a pasta that are soft dough dumplings, typically made of potato and flour. You can find packaged gnocchi next to the pasta in most grocery stories and MAN are they good. We make gnocchi often: our 15-minute gnocchi with romesco is a quick dinner, and our baked gnocchi is a fall crowd pleaser. It’s also great in soups: our Italian gnocchi soup and tomato basil gnocchi soup are favorites.

Cauliflower casserole

Tips on this cauliflower casserole

Before you head to the recipe below (because we suggest you do!), a few notes on this cauliflower casserole to consider:

  • It’s light and comforting, not heavy and cheesy. When we saw “Cauliflower casserole” in Erin’s book we imagined it would be super gooey and heavy, like mac and cheese. But after making it, it surprised us: it was much lighter than we expected! The Parmesan cheese isn’t a gooey sauce but rather a flavoring throughout. It was different than we originally thought, but very satisfying!
  • The portions are moderate if serving as a main. If you eat vegetarian and want to eat this as a main dish, we easily polished this off between Alex, my sister and I and had room to spare. So make sure to serve it with several sides. Or double the recipe! You can also serve this as a side dish, in which case it easily makes 4 servings.
  • It’s a crowd pleaser! Our 2 year old saw this and exclaimed “mac and cheese!” He proceeded to eat the cauliflower just as if it was the pasta.Because both the pasta and cauliflower are white, it gives the allusion of mac and cheese.

How to cut cauliflower into florets

Do you know the best way to cut cauliflower? Alex and I use a genius method for cutting cauliflower that doesn’t end up with crumbles all over the counter! (Anyone have that issue?) We use this method all the time, like when we make our crispy cauliflower tacos or our party favorite buffalo cauliflower. Using this method really changed the game for us, and we hope it will for you too! Above is a quick video of me cutting cauliflower in our kitchen to show you how to do it!

Cauliflower Casserole

This cauliflower casserole recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, use gluten-free gnocchi.

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Cauliflower casserole

Gnocchi & Cauliflower Casserole


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Description

This cozy cauliflower casserole is filled with chewy gnocchi pasta pillows and Parmesan cheese, and it’s seriously easy to make.


Ingredients

  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 17-ounce package gnocchi
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut the cauliflower into florets.
  2. In a large pot of water, boil the cauliflower for 3 minutes, then throw in the gnocchi. Cook for 2 more minutes or until the gnocchi floats, then turn the burner off and strain everything.
  3. Put the cauliflower and gnocchi back in the hot pot and stir in 3/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese plus the butter, olive oil, several grinds of black pepper and a few pinches of kosher salt until the flavor pops.
  4. Spread the mixture into an 8 x 8-inch casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese on top, plus a bit more salt and pepper.
  5. Boil for 3 minutes until the top is golden.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Cauliflower Casserole, Gnocchi Casserole, Vegetarian Casserole

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