Looking for a simple comfort food recipe? This Baked Gnocchi is perfect! Add extra veggies or sausage to make it even more hearty.
I know many of us in the Midwest aren’t thinking of comfort food right now. We have some crazy weather for February right now: yesterday it was 60º! It’s hard to not be super excited about sunshine, but I know for a fact that it will snow again.
Last week, I made this recipe for the Fox 17 Morning Mix and we’ve eaten it TWICE since. Gnocchi is a pantry staple for us since it’s so quick and easy. Gabby calls it Gnocch-IO (like Pinocchio) and we just let it slide since it’s so cute with her missing teeth. Aside from pasta based dishes, it’s great for soups and slow-cooker meals. Aldi offers both regular and whole wheat varieties!
This creamy pomodoro sauce is going to be a new staple in our house. If you can’t find Red Gold whole tomatoes in a large can, feel free to substitute the crushed variety. I think this would be delicious for homemade pizza or used instead of marinara for Chicken Parmesan.
Olivia had a great idea to turn this into a pizza baked gnocchi. After cheese, if you add your favorite pizza toppings it’s a fun twist on a pizza night!
- 1 package potato gnocchi , around 1 pound
- 1/4 cup Olive Oil
- 4 stems fresh flat leaf parsley
- 4 stems fresh rosemary
- 4 stems fresh basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots (around 1 whole shallot)
- 3 garlic cloves , minced
- 1 tablespoon Red Gold® Tomato Paste
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Pinch red pepper flakes
- 1 (28 ounce) can Red Gold® Whole Peeled Tomatoes, or Crushed Tomatoes
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 8 ounces shredded Italian Cheese
- Fresh basil leaves torn for garnish
Preheat oven to 400º.
Spray an oven safe dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Cook gnocchi and cook according to package directions. Drain and set aside. (You'll know it's done when it floats to the top, after about 2 minutes. DON'T overcook!)
Add EVOO to large pan over medium heat. Add parsley, oregano, rosemary and basil. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the herbs become crisp. Remove herbs and discard.
Add shallots and stir frequently, for about 3 minutes.
Add garlic and cook for an additional 1 minutes, being careful not to burn.
Stir in tomato paste, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes, cooking about 30 seconds more. Slowly pour in crushed tomatoes into the pan along with the juice. Crush with a potato masher or flat spatula.
Reduce heat and simmer sauce for 10 to 15 minutes until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and stir in cream and gnocchi.
Pour mixture into baking dish. Cover with cheese.
Place in oven and cook for 10 minutes, or until bubbly and brown. .
Allow baked gnocchi to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Then top with fresh torn basil.
Original Recipe: http://redgoldtomatoes.com/recipes/detail/baked-gnocchi-with-cream-pomodoro-sauce
For a larger family, feel free to double the amount of gnocchi. The sauce makes PLENTY, no need to double.
If you have a larger family like ours, I highly recommend using two packages of Gnocchi and baking in a 9×13 or casserole dish. There is plenty of sauce, so no need to double the whole recipe.
What quick comfort foods are your favorite? Have you tried Red Gold® Tomato Paste? It’s fab!