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Weeknight Baked Gnocchi

Weeknight Baked Gnocchi - Super simple, quick and easy with a very short ingredient list! SO GOOD, so comforting, and a sure hit with the entire family!

Super simple, quick and easy with a very short ingredient list! SO GOOD, so comforting, and a sure hit with the entire family!

Weeknight Baked Gnocchi - Super simple, quick and easy with a very short ingredient list! SO GOOD, so comforting, and a sure hit with the entire family!

Remember that homemade gnocchi I posted last month? Well, I promised you a “baked gnocchi recipe coming soon, smothered in marinara sauce, ground beef and all the cheese.”

Well, here it is as promised. Completely baked and completely smothered in everything that is good in life. Marinara sauce, ground beef, and all the melted mozzarella cheese.

Weeknight Baked Gnocchi - Super simple, quick and easy with a very short ingredient list! SO GOOD, so comforting, and a sure hit with the entire family!

You can absolutely use store-bought gnocchi (no judgment here) but homemade is truly best if you can swing it. For the marinara, sometimes I’ll use a homemade sauce if I have some leftover or I use Rao’s – my new favorite sauce. SO SO GOOD.

The ingredient list is super short and this comes together very quickly – it’s just the bake time that can be a little long. So bake, serve and reheat as needed because the leftovers taste even better the very next day.

Weeknight Baked Gnocchi - Super simple, quick and easy with a very short ingredient list! SO GOOD, so comforting, and a sure hit with the entire family!

Weeknight Baked Gnocchi

Super simple, quick and easy with a very short ingredient list! SO GOOD, so comforting, and a sure hit with the entire family!

15 minutes35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1 (24-ounce) jar marinara sauce
  • 6 cups cooked gnocchi
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, torn into pieces
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, chiffonade

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Lightly oil a 9 x 13 baking dish or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef and onion, and cook until beef has browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  3. Stir in garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Stir in wine, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  5. Stir in marinara sauce. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until flavors have blended, about 5 minutes. Stir in gnocchi, Parmesan and parsley until well combined, about 1-2 minutes.
  6. Spread gnocchi mixture into the prepared baking dish; top with mozzarella. Place into oven and bake until bubbly, about 20-25 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately, garnished with basil, if desired.

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17 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious!! I used (2) 16oz packages of  store-bought gnocchi which equaled 6 cups of cooked gnocchi. Damn Delicious never fails! 

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this tonight with your homemade gnocchi recipe.. subbed ground turkey for beef.  Man oh man! So good! Definitely adding it to the rotation. 

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazing dish! I love it, looks so tasty! 

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      This looks amazing but too much . I was going to put it in two 8 inch square pans. World you freeze one of them baked or unbaked?

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was so good!! I had a jar of Raos sitting in my pantry waiting to be used, and I swapped turkey for the beef. I also used a package of store bought gnocchi and boiled it before adding to the sauce. Overall it took just under an hour from start to finish, so a little lengthy but super simple and not too much time hands on work. I will for sure save this and make it again!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    when you say cooked gnocchi do you mean boiled or fried?

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    This looks delicious! Wondering what store bought brand of gnocchi you recommend.  I live in Chicago as well so I am hoping there’s a brand you like at a store here.  

    I have made a ton of your recipes and they are always fantastic! Thank you!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Very good recipe we sometimes use videos like yours to teach our students at our institute CIMS hotel management institute in kolkata . Thanks for the recipe.

  8. Rated 3 out of 5

    Really great concept using gnocchi. I have to admit, I did use store bought gnocchi, rather than homemade. Also, I think the sauce is only as good as the brand of marinara that is used. Do you, by chance, have a scratch version of marinara? Oh, and since the store was out of the soft mozarella, I used ricotta dollops instead and it was tasty. Crusty bread would be a delicious accompaniment with this dish, and maybe use some of the red wine to drink, no?

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was great! I used broth instead of wine, halved everything except the ground beef, and baked in a smaller dish and it made 4 generously sized portions. Delicious!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Very simple and delicious! I did not have any Parmesan, but it didn’t seemed to be missed. Next time I make it though, I will hopefully have Parmesan on hand. I grilled some asparagus to go along with the meal. Will make again!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Fast, easy and absolutely delicious!!!

  12. Yum! Making this tomorrow! Can I sub vegetable or beef stock for the wine? I am 34 and don’t know how to by wine. haha

  13. Did one recipe of your homemade gnocchi yield enough for this? Looks great!

  14. omg it is so beautiful

  15. Do you use the cooked gnocchi or uncooked and frozen gnocchi from the recipe you posted?