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30 Best Gnocchi Recipes

If you’re not familiar with Gnocchi, you’re in for a wonderful surprise. We’ve compiled a list of the best Gnocchi recipes around, and we think you will love them.

Gnocchi Recipes

If you’re unsure what to make with gnocchi, don’t worry. We’ve got gnocchi dishes that are sure to please every palate. If you’ve never made gnocchi, you’re in for some fun. These recipes with gnocchi are easy, delicious, and always a crowd-pleaser.

There are so many ways to make gnocchi, and it pairs well with so many different sauces and meat combinations that you’re certain to find a dish that everyone will love.

1. Homemade Potato Gnocchi

Gnocchi has a rich Italian history, and for a good reason.

There are many ways to prepare this simple dumpling. All of them are delicious in their own way.

This Homemade Potato Gnocchi is easy to make and works with various sauces and other ingredients.

Just a few simple ingredients, and you’re well on your way to serving authentic gnocchi to your family and friends.

Try this potato gnocchi with cream or tomato sauce, beef, or mild Italian sausage.

2. Baked Gnocchi

This Baked Gnocchi is an authentic Italian meal with ricotta and mozzarella cheese. The combination of cheese, gnocchi, and sauce is absolute perfection.

This dish is easy to prepare in a heavy skillet and when your family gets a taste of the Italian flavors of sausage, tomato sauce, gnocchi, and cheese, they won’t be able to get enough.           

Serve this delightful skillet meal anytime you want a filling, hearty and authentic Italian gnocchi dish that everyone will love.

This recipe makes for great leftovers too. A day or two in the refrigerator lets the flavors meld for an even more delightful taste.

3. Creamy Pesto Gnocchi

This Creamy Pesto Gnocchi will soon become your favorite gnocchi recipe. Pesto and parmesan give this an awesome creamy and delicious sauce for the dumplings, and the pesto just elevates it to the next level of delight.

Don’t skimp on the garlic for this 20-minute meal. You will not regret it. The gnocchi pasta cooks right in the sauce and helps to thicken it as it cooks.

The secret ingredient in this recipe is heavy cream and white wine. This adds creaminess and depth of flavor to the sauce.

You can use store-bought or homemade gnocchi.

4. Olive Garden Copycat Chicken Gnocchi Soup

What’s better than a night out eating at a local restaurant? Make the same delicious recipes at home for free! Well, they’re not exactly free, but you get it.

This copycat recipe for Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup is not only as good or better than the original. You get to have it in the comfort of your own home and keep all the leftovers for yourself.

You can substitute heavy cream for half and a half for an even richer and creamier soup base.

This is a recipe you will be getting requests for once you serve it at home.

5. Roman Style Gnocchi

This Roman Style Gnocchi is more than a simple dumpling.

Made with semolina flour, this style of gnocchi yields a fabulous appetizer or side dish that will be an unexpected winner at your table.

 The pasta is brushed with butter and baked until the top is golden and a little crisp, but the inside is a creamy and delicious texture and taste.

Serve this next time you have guests for dinner and see if they don’t react with surprise and delight.

6. Gnocchi With Tomato Sauce

This Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce is a one-pan meal that is as delicious as it is easy to prepare. Mozzarella and Parmesan are the perfect complements to the tomato sauce and dumplings.

The secret ingredient in this dish is fresh basil. You can substitute dried basil, but the fresh basil gives this dish a wonderful depth of flavor and is the perfect companion to the tomato sauce.

Serve with a sprinkle of parsley and some shaved parmesan cheese for a colorful and delightful presentation that’s equaled only by the outstanding flavor of this dish.

7. Gnocchi With White Beans

One of our favorite gnocchi recipe ideas is this dish with cannellini beans. It’s a one-skillet meal that can be prepared and cooked within 30minutes.

Sweat your onion and garlic then brown the potato gnocchi until golden. Add the rest of your ingredients and cook until heated through.

Top with cheese and remove from heat. Let your dish stand until the cheese is melty, then serve with a sprinkle of parsley for a colorful presentation.           

This dish is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner in a hurry. It qualifies as a comfort food meal that the family will love. Leftovers the next day are even better!

8. Creamy Tuscan Gnocchi

This is a copycat dish from the Olive Garden menu that gives a Tuscan feel to your recipe for gnocchi.

This dish starts with dry gnocchi pasta and builds layer upon layer to produce a creamy and satisfying one-pan meal that tastes like you spent hours preparing it.

The secret ingredient in this recipe is the sun-dried tomato. As the tomatoes rehydrate while cooking. They give the dish a smoky and sweet flavor that is the underlying taste of the sauce.

The creamy herb sauce will thicken up as it cooks. If it’s too thick, you can add more broth and cream to thin it before serving.

9. Cheeseburger Gnocchi

This is not your mother’s hamburger pasta. We’re pretty sure this Cheeseburger Gnocchi recipe will be one of your favorite gnocchi meals to prepare.

You can’t go wrong with seasoned ground beef, cheese, and the delightful dumpling that is gnocchi. This is a great cold-weather comfort food recipe that is sure to be a hit with the family.

Tip: Pop the skillet under the broiler for the last few minutes of cooking until the cheese is melted, bubbly, and beginning to brown.

Top with chopped scallions and serve.

10. Gnocchi With Burnt Butter and Walnuts

This Gnocchi with Burnt Butter and Walnuts makes a great side dish for an Italian entree or can be eaten as a main dish as well. Try it at your next dinner party or get-together.

This gnocchi recipe is prepared in steps. Everything combines at the end for a delightful result. This dish is all about texture and taste.

The creaminess of the gnocchi combined with the silkiness of the butter topped with the crunch of sage and nuts are a symphony of taste and texture for your palate.

Tip: Boil the gnocchi in batches for best results. You can substitute walnuts for chopped pecans or toasted pine nuts.

11. 3 Ingredient Sweet Potato Gnocchi

This twist on traditional potato gnocchi is going to be a game-changer.

Not only is this 3 ingredient Sweet Potato Gnocchi a healthier version, but it is also great tasting.

Tip: Use a potato ricer to get the proper consistency for your gnocchi.

If you don’t have one, mash your baked sweet potato with a potato masher and then with a fork to do away with any lumps.

You want your potato to be creamy and smooth. This gnocchi can be made in advance, refrigerated or frozen, or boil it up right away and save cooked for the next dish you prepare. Either way, it’s going to be delicious.

13. Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi

This gnocchi dinner recipe is going to knock your socks off! Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi is the perfect meal for a special occasion or simply when you feel like making something fancy without a great deal of work or preparation time.

Boil your gnocchi while you fry your chicken thighs. Remove the chicken from the pan and begin to build your sauce by adding the aromatics.

Build your sauce and season, then add the gnocchi and kale, stirring to coat the pasta. Add in the chicken. Pop it into the oven to finish for about 10 minutes, and wow!

This is a dish that is sure to be an often-requested favorite.               

13. Spinach Gnocchi

Go with something a little non-traditional by serving this Spinach Gnocchi at your next Italian dinner. This tasty pasta dumpling makes a great side dish or main course with your favorite sauce and protein.

These gnocchi is prepared just like regular dumplings with the addition of spinach puree to give it a silky texture and the lovely color that adds visual appeal to any meal,

This tasty gnocchi can be refrigerated or frozen, or you can cook them right away and serve them the same day.

Boil them until they float and toss with your sauce, and top with a little bit of cheese.

14. Homemade Cauliflower Gnocchi

The healthier alternative to potato gnocchi is this Homemade Cauliflower Gnocchi.

It’s just as fluffy and delicious as the traditional recipe but a bit lower in carbohydrates.

This gnocchi recipe calls for tomato vodka sauce, but you can substitute any kind of pasta sauce you crave, as these tasty Italian dumplings work well with both tomato-based and cream sauces.

Tip: Freeze the gnocchi before cooking for best results. No need to boil.

The frozen gnocchi goes from the freezer to the skillet and browns up beautifully, or you can put the dumplings on a sheet pan in a hot oven with a drizzle of olive oil for the same result.

15. Creamy Tuscan Sausage Gnocchi

The creamy Tuscan-style sauce gives this Creamy Tuscan Sausage Gnocchi an unbeatable flavor and makes a beautiful presentation.

This gnocchi recipe begins with dry gnocchi pasta, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh basil. Pair that with some spicy (or mild) Italian sausage, and you’ve got the makings of a memorable meal.

You can substitute half and half for the heavy whipping cream for a little bit lighter of a sauce, but don’t skimp on the garlic and herbs.

You can use spinach, kale, or chard for that hint of green and added boost of nutrition. This recipe is perfect for a special occasion or any time you want a rich and delicious Italian meal.

16. Gnocchi With Peas and Parmesan

If this combination of Gnocchi with Peas and Parmesan sounds strange to you, you’re not alone.

The truth is, this combination of flavor and textures is actually quite delicious.           

The recipe calls for homemade potato gnocchi, but you can start with shelf-stable dry pasta if you like.

Use frozen peas, thawed, and mashed with a potato masher. This allows the peas to release their flavor into the dish.

The secret ingredients in this dish are the fresh mint leaves and lemon zest which brighten the flavor of the recipe with a fresh and crisp flavor.

17. Easy Pumpkin Gnocchi With Sage Butter Sauce

Sage and butter sauce is the perfect complement to this delicious pumpkin gnocchi. Simply combine the mashed pumpkin with some ricotta cheese, flour and egg.

Tip: Squeeze the cooked pumpkin to remove the majority of the liquid so that your gnocchi isn’t soggy.

The sage and butter sauce is an elegant pairing with the flavorful pumpkin gnocchi. The addition of the ricotta cheese lends a fluffy texture to these Italian dumplings.

The texture of the gnocchi pairs perfectly with the silkiness of the sauce.

Top with some parsley and grated parmesan for a beautiful presentation. This recipe works as a side dish or main course.

18. Cheesy Gnocchi Bake

This Cheesy Gnocchi Bake is a perfect recipe for those nights when you’re in a hurry but still want to put a satisfying and delicious meal on the table.

This gnocchi dish is a recipe that you’ll want to put into regular rotation in your kitchen, especially during the cold weather months.

Let’s face it. This dish has it all; bacon, tomato, and mozzarella in addition to the pasta. It all cooks up in one pan, which is simply an extra added bonus.

You can substitute half and half or Greek yoghurt for the sour cream if that’s what you have on hand for a similar tasty result.

19. Gnocchi Chicken Skillet

This Gnocchi Chicken Skillet calls for ground chicken, dry gnocchi pasta, and jar pasta sauce. It cooks up quickly and easily in a heavy skillet for a delightful one-pan meal that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

You can substitute cooked, shredded chicken, ground turkey, or sausage for variety and use cream sauce instead of tomato-based.

No matter how you change it up, this gnocchi recipe is bound to become a family favorite that you’ll want to put into rotation in your kitchen.

20. Crispy Gnocchi With Peas Asparagus and Lemon

This Crispy Gnocchi with Peas, Asparagus, and Lemon is a perfect summertime meal. Cooking with fresh veggies is always preferred, but you can also use frozen peas.

The same goes with the gnocchi. If you don’t want to make your own, you can use frozen or the dried gnocchi that you find in the pasta aisle of your supermarket.

This recipe has no onion or garlic, but you don’t miss them; the lemon and basil bring out the flavors of the green vegetables perfectly.

21. Baked Gnocchi With Broccoli

Broccoli, cream cheese, mozzarella, and gnocchi. How can you go wrong?

If you’ve ever wondered what to do with gnocchi, this recipe is the answer!

This one-skillet meal goes from stovetop to oven in a heavy skillet to yield a creamy, cheesy and delicious dish with fluffy gnocchi and broccoli.

The secret ingredient in this recipe is the optional red pepper flakes. You can increase or decrease this according to personal taste. Be liberal with it for a spicy boost of flavor in this cheesy broccoli bake.

22. Gnocchi With Roasted Cauliflower and Lemon

Capers and lemon are the perfect companions for this gnocchi, and the added crunch of the almonds and garlic breadcrumbs make this Gnocchi with Roasted Cauliflower and Lemon recipe a delight for the palate.           

Roast your cauliflower on a sheet pan in a hot oven while the gnocchi is boiling, then combine everything in steps in your heavy skillet.

When the almonds and breadcrumbs are toasty, add cauliflower, lemon, capers, and parsley.

Salt and pepper to taste. If need be, add in some of the pasta water if your dish is fried too dry. This is a vegan recipe, but you can also top it with parmesan before serving.

23. Sheet Pan Gnocchi

This is one of our favorite gnocchi recipes. Done with ease on a sheet pan in a hot oven, you can’t get much simpler or more delicious than this Sheet Pan Gnocchi.

Use cherry or grape tomatoes because you want them to burst when they cook to make a delightful sauce that will coat the dumplings.

You can substitute spinach for the arugula, but don’t skimp on the fresh basil leaves; they add a delightful hint of flavor to the dish.

Everyone knows that basil and tomato are a match made in culinary heaven. This dish works with both dried, shelf-stable, or refrigerated gnocchi.

24. Creamy Tomato Salmon Gnocchi

This Creamy Tomato Salmon Gnocchi is one of the best potato gnocchi recipes we’ve seen. Once you cook the gnocchi, everything comes together in one pan.

No mess, no fuss, and the result is a delightful salmon dish with a creamy tomato sauce that is sure to please.           

You can substitute half and half for the heavy cream for a lighter, more delicate sauce.

It doesn’t diminish the flavor in the least.

Serve this delightful dumpling dish with a green side salad or cup of soup and some rustic, crusty bread for a balanced and nutritious meal.

25. Slow Cooker Italian Beef With Gnocchi

Move over pot roast. There’s a new recipe in town. This Slow Cooker Italian Beef with Gnocchi takes pot roast to a whole new level.

Start with a cubed upchuck roast and your regular stew vegetables.

Sear and sweat it all up in a skillet, then transfer to the slow cooker. Set it and forget it.

The last step is to add the gnocchi for the last hour of cooking. Stir it up and garnish with parsley and parmesan for a delicious comfort food meal that is sure to be a winner.

26. Crockpot Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Evaporated milk and cornstarch give this Crockpot Chicken Gnocchi Soup its thick and rich texture without the high-fat cream and butter.

This recipe is easy and delicious. There are only a few steps needed such as crisping your bacon and adding the spinach and garlic, and of course, the gnocchi.

Cooked, shredded chicken and vegetables tenderize in the sauce, and the combination of flavors is just delightful.

This is a perfect weekday meal that you can start in the morning and finish up in just a few minutes before serving.

27. Fathead Keto Low Carb Gnocchi

We all know that the magic of keto comes from almond flour. These Fathead Keto Low Carb Gnocchi are no exception.

With instructions to follow the recipe to the letter for best results, try this fathead dough gnocchi and the rich butter, thyme, and lemon sauce.           

Mozzarella cheese is the secret ingredient that holds the gnocchi together. Along with the extra egg yolk.

Make sure you use the proper amount of egg for the best result.

Too much or too little will result in the dumplings falling apart or being too tough.

28. Lobster Gnocchi

Seriously, you had us at “creamy lobster sauce.” The word “decadent” definitely comes to mind when reading this recipe for Lobster Gnocchi.

The secret ingredient in this gnocchi is goat cheese. This cheese gives the gnocchi a tasty tang and a smooth consistency that is perfectly complemented by the creamy lobster sauce.

This recipe also works with dried gnocchi, but you would miss the added flavor and texture of the goat cheese.

Tip: Roast the lobster shells until just about dry, and slowly add your water or stock.

This step gives even more lobstery flavor to the sauce.

29. Pepperoni Pizza Gnocchi Bake

When is a pizza not a pizza? When it’s a Pepperoni Pizza Gnocchi Bake, of course! While your family probably never gets tired of pizza, this gnocchi recipe is a great way to throw in some variety.

This dish is the ultimate in Italian comfort food with tons of cheesy goodness and the comfort and satisfaction of gnocchi, the Italian dumpling of love.

This dish is easy and convenient. You start with store-bought gnocchi and put it all together in one pan.

This dish goes from stovetop to oven to table with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of pepperoni pizza flavor.

30. 20 Minute Ricotta Gnocchi

This twist on the traditional potato gnocchi uses ricotta cheese to produce a lighter and fluffier dumpling that’s also lower in carbs than the original.

These 20 Minute Ricotta Gnocchi also takes a fraction of the time to prepare vs. the traditional due to eliminating the whole potato ricing part of the process.

As with traditional gnocchi, the ricotta dumplings pair perfectly with your favorite sauce and choice of vegetables or protein.

Give these a try, and you might be persuaded to make them more often than not.

Gnocchi Recipes

30 Best Gnocchi Recipes

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-1/2 tsps salt, divided
  • 1-3/4 to 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 3 quarts water
  • Spaghetti sauce


  1. Boil your potatoes until tender, then drain and mash.
  2. Place 2 cups of mashed potato in a mixing bowl and add salt and egg, stir until combined.
  3. Add the flour and beat until you have an elastic dough.
  4. Turn out onto a floured board, knead 15 times then roll into ropes about ½ inch wide.
  5. Cut into 1-inch pieces and press onto a gnocchi board or make groves in dumplings with a fork.
  6. To cook: Add gnocchi to boiling water and boil until dumplings float to the top.
  7. Cook in batches and remove with a slotted spoon

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