Pizza Baked Gnocchi

by Becca
3 people
45 min

After making homemade gnocchi for the first time a few weeks ago, I'm kind of hooked! This time I didn't go the whole hog by making my own gnocchi, I just used a packet of the pre-made stuff.

If you want a quick dinner recipe, shop-bought is the way to go. Then you just need to add simple, classic Italian flavours to transform your gnocchi into something that's part pizza, part pasta bake - pizza baked gnocchi!

Start with a simple tomato sauce, add your gnocchi, and then top it with some (...lots of...) mozzarella and whatever pizza toppings you fancy, and you end up with a rich gnocchi bake with all the flavours of your favourite pizza.

Recipe details
  • 3  people
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 25 Minutes Total time: 45 min
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  • 1tbsp oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ onion, sliced or diced
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 250g passata
  • 2tbsp tomato purée
  • 150ml vegetable stock
  • Black pepper
  • 500g gnocchi
  • 150g mozzarella, grated
  • A selection of your favourite pizza toppings - I used some sliced mushrooms and some halved cherry tomatoes
  • Fresh herbs, for serving (I used chives, but basil or parsley would work well too)

Preheat the oven to 200°C (Gas Mark 6 / 400°F).
Heat the oil in a large saucepan, and cook the garlic and onion over a medium-low heat for a few minutes, until soft. Add the dried herbs, passata, tomato purée, stock and plenty of black pepper, and bring to a simmer. Add the gnocchi, and cook for a few minutes.
Transfer the gnocchi and sauce to a baking dish measuring around 8 x 6 inches. Top with plenty of grated mozzarella, and then add your pizza toppings. Add a bit more black pepper if desired. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the cheese is melty and slightly browned.
Serve topped with plenty of fresh chives.
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