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30 Gnocchi Recipes for Tasty Italian Meals

Pasta la vista, baby. It’s out with the noodles and in with the gnocchi for thirty incredible gnocchi recipes

Gnocchi is commonly made similarly to pasta with all purpose flour and eggs, but includes boiled pureed potato as well. 

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Potato Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce

You’ll find this list has recipes that call for various types of gnocchi – cauliflower, gluten-free, or low carb – though any are suitable alternatives for these recipes.

No matter how you mix it, all of these gnocchi recipes are incredible additions to any dinner table, year-round. 

From creamy chicken and gnocchi to savory salmon gnocchi bake, there are recipes on this list for everyone. 

Favorite Gnocchi Dinner Ideas

1. Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

This list would sure be incomplete without a copycat of Olive Garden’s creamy, spinach and chicken gnocchi soup. 

In just 30 minutes, you can enjoy a big bowl of gnocchi dumplings, juicy chicken, and creamy broth.

Breadsticks are not required, but definitely recommended!

2. Spinach White Bean Gnocchi Skillet

Meatless Mondays are all the rage, and they’re worth the sacrifice when recipes like this exist! 

Creamy cannellini beans and potato gnocchi are lifted with the robust flavors of sundried tomatoes and pesto, pulled all together with a healthy handful of mozzarella! 

3. Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi

I need to be real with you right now, this is the kind of recipe your grandkids will pass down to their kids.

When I say the flavors in this recipe are out of this world, I mean it. The cream sauce is the perfect bath for fluffy gnocchi and pan-seared chicken thighs. 

This recipe serves beautifully in a Dutch oven, and can easily be made to serve a crowd. 

4. Cacio e Pepe Gnocchi

At least once in your life, you’ll have to try your hand at preparing your own gnocchi. 

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Fair warning, you will never want to turn back to store-bought gnocchi after this. The delicious simplicity of these homemade dumplings is unparalleled. 

This recipe walks you through preparing homemade parmesan and pepper gnocchi. 

5. Creamy Buttery Tuscan Gnocchi

I wholeheartedly believe that cream sauce is the perfect partner for pillowy gnocchi. 

This recipe has a cheesy, creamy base that is full of classic Tuscan flavor like sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and shallots. 

While this is a vegetarian recipe, feel free to add chicken or sausage to add extra protein. 

6. Crispy Gnocchi with Zucchini, Sweet Corn, and Basil

If your garden looks anything like mine, it is always overflowing with massive zucchinis that you are looking for new ways to make.

This is one of my go-to recipes for a filling and fresh vegetarian dish that comes together in no time. 

For an ultimate low-carb dish, use cauliflower gnocchi rather than potato gnocchi. 

7. Four Cheese Gnocchi al Forno

Casserole dishes are the coziest of dinners I can never get enough of, and this is far from a bland potluck dish you scoot around your plate.

After cooking up a quick meat sauce, all that is left is to pile in the sauce, gnocchi, and cheeses into your baking dish. 

This is one of those dinners where you take the whole dish to the table because seconds are a must!

8. Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Broccoli Rabe and Garlic Sage Butter Sauce

When this savory, buttery gnocchi hits your mouth, you’ll see why I’m drooling over this dinner.

The gnocchi is gently seared in butter that makes a perfect crust on the sweet potato pillows, which is only complimented by the broccoli rabe and creamy sauce. 

I think the textures of this dish are best when first served, though the flavors are next level the day after. 

9. Homemade Cauliflower Gnocchi

Cauliflower is one of the best low-carb alternatives for a variety of recipes, and gnocchi is no exception.

Cauliflower alternatives are not only a trend but a lifestyle for the versatility and health benefits.

If you’re looking to lower your carb intake but still want to enjoy the pleasure of gnocchi, give this recipe a try. 

10. Easy One-Pan Baked Gnocchi  with Prosciutto and Leeks

Fall is full of one-pan-wonder recipes, but don’t sell yourself short on flavor when you’re looking for dinners to fill a mid-week void. 

Leeks and prosciutto are a match made in heaven, particularly when baked in a bed of cheesy gnocchi. Bonus points for making this dinner in a cast iron for easy cleanup and gorgeous presentation!

11. One-Skillet Ham and Cheese Gnocchi

Winner winner, gnocchi dinner.

Ham and cheese are one of those pairings that nobody dares question, for its sturdy, hearty flavors.

When you add ham and cheese with bursts of sweet peas and a healthy bed of gnocchi, you know it’ll be good. 

12. Easy Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage Butter Sauce

I feel like the title “superfood” doesn’t come lightly, and it’s no joke how versatile and delicious pumpkin is with that title. 

Pumpkin puree is the ultimate potato replacement, and these are so simple and scrumptious! 

The herb butter sauce really elevates the flavor of these pasta dumplings and is enough to be a meal on its own.

If you must, roasted chicken and vegetables are an excellent pairing for this pumpkin gnocchi.

13. Chicken Parmesan Gnocchi Bake

Chicken parmesan is one of those Italian staples everyone is familiar with.

But this recipe is prepared in a casserole dish on a bed of gnocchi is a twist you have to try!

This is a simple spin on chicken parmesan, so you won’t be surprised by how easy it is to put together.

What I love most about this recipe is that it’s gluten-free and so good!

14. One-Pot Creamy Cheeseburger Gnocchi

Family-friendly dinners are no exception to gnocchi recipes.

This cheeseburger gnocchi is a Hamburger Helper style dinner, made with gnocchi for the carb base. 

I would beg to say this is more of a taco gnocchi dish, with spicy tomatoes, seasoned beef, and loads of cheese. 

15. Creamy Mushroom Gnocchi

This gnocchi is blanketed in a creamy wine reduction mushroom sauce that adds an incredible richness and earthy tones to your gnocchi. 

The sauce in this recipe is a heavenly pair with slightly sweeter carrot gnocchi, but is well balanced enough to go with a sturdier potato gnocchi as well. 

16. Beet Gnocchi

This recipe wins the award for the most beautiful gnocchi on this list. 

Beets have a gorgeous burgundy color that shines through in this gnocchi dough recipe.

Much like traditional gnocchi, you’ll boil and puree the beets before adding to the flour. 

At the conclusion of this recipe, you will toss your beet gnocchi with butter and pistachios, and plate with parmesan and pesto. 

Feel free to omit those final steps if you’re using these colorful dumplings in another recipe.  

17. Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce

As easy as store-bought tomato sauce can be, homemade tomato sauce is the next-level flavor that you need in your life.

Of course, gnocchi is all the better when doused in fragrant tomato sauce and rich mozzarella cheeses. 

This is probably one of the most traditional ways to serve gnocchi, as acidic tomato sauce is an incredible pairing for these pillowy dumplings.

18. Three Cheese Baked Gnocchi with Spinach

Cheesy baked gnocchi makes for perfectly tender dumplings that simply can’t be beat. 

No matter the season, I’m always in the mood for a casserole dish loaded with saucy carbs and cheese, so you know I can’t get enough of this gnocchi bake.

Don’t worry, the added spinach, tomato sauce, and basil make this healthy…right?

19. Keto Gnocchi with Pesto Sauce

In my humble opinion, pesto is the jazz of pasta sauce.

Pesto is beautifully balanced, vibrantly colored, and packed with flavor, which makes it a cornerstone of internationally inspired dinners.

Store-bought pesto can be good, but homemade basil pesto feels so much more gourmet and flavorful. 

This recipe has both homemade mozzarella gnocchi and homemade pesto sauce, making this a well-crafted and flavorful dinner. 

Enjoy alone, or share with others. I’m not here to judge!

20. Pepperoni Pizza Gnocchi Bake

Gnocchi can be an intimidating ingredient to picky eaters, so this pepperoni pizza bake is an incredible way to introduce new foods to little fingers!

Picture this: the texture of creamy macaroni and cheese, and the flavor of pepperoni pizza. If that doesn’t sell you, I’m not sure anything will.

This recipe is loaded with Italian flavor with crushed tomatoes, garlic, Italian seasoning, mozzarella, and of course pepperoni. 

21. Cinnamon Sugar Dessert Gnocchi 

You know I love a creative and unique dessert to bring to the table, so I share this recipe with the ultimate delight!

Rather than a savory dish, these potato pillows are caramelized in a buttery cinnamon sugar sauce and served with creamy coconut whip. 

I will never feel guilty for enjoying a creative sweet treat, and you shouldn’t either!

22. Salmon Gnocchi Bake with Spinach

I am always looking for new ways to serve salmon, and this creamy bake is one I will make time and time again. 

You will only need seven ingredients to whip up this salmon sensation that will have your guests swooning for a second serving.

Be warned, it’s more filling than it looks! 

23. Vegan Gluten-Free Carrot Gnocchi

Replacing potatoes with carrots results in beautiful, golden gnocchi that lights up any dish. 

For this recipe, you will steam and puree carrots and fold them into almond flour, arrowroot starch, and nutritional yeast to make your gnocchi dough. 

You will love the light texture and gorgeous coloration these bring to any pasta plate.

These gluten-free carrot gnocchi dumplings are gorgeous in a cream sauce with your favorite greens. 

24. Gnocchi with Mushroom Ragu

Mushrooms are the ultimate meatless Monday ingredient, and this gnocchi ragu is a perfect example of well balanced earthy elements. 

There is a distinct depth of flavor from sauteed mushrooms in a wine reduction cream sauce. 

This is one of those recipes that feels like a full body hug, and truly requires nothing more than a big bowl and fork. 

25. Ricotta Gnocchi with Quick Cherry Tomato Confit

Ricotta gnocchi is a foolproof preparation that gets you the fresh pasta taste with no worry.

It’s dressed with a simple cherry tomato sauce that doesn’t overpower the pasta.

You can, of course, complicate this recipe however you’d like, but the simplicity is worth trying at least once!

26. Brown Butter Gnocchi With Asparagus & Peas

One-dish dinners are totally my jam, and I love them all the more when I don’t feel guilty about how many times I refill my bowl.

In this recipe, you will first crisp up the prosciutto, then brown butter to fry the gnocchi.

You’ll also cook the sweet peas and asparagus in the same brown butter.

The nutty flavor of brown butter has a fresh and friendly companion of lemon juice and grated parmesan cheese to make this a well-balanced dinner!

27. Shrimp Scampi Gnocchi

I’m not sure why it’s called “shrimp” when it has such BIG flavor! 

All questions aside, shrimp scampi is a classic partner with buttery gnocchi.

This recipe is fragrant with loads of garlic, and it’s fabulous served with crunchy, toasted bread. 

28. Spring Vegetable Gnocchi

This is the perfect springtime dinner!

Fragrant asparagus and sugary peas are the stars of this show, laid on a soft bed of gnocchi, and blanketed with a creamy parmesan sauce.  

29. Sausage and Gnocchi Power Greens Skillet

Sometimes, you search the internet for delicious healthy dinners to feed a crowd, and sometimes those recipes find you when you least expect it!

This recipe is a healthy preparation of gnocchi made from cauliflower, which makes the macro balance in this dish next level and paleo friendly!

30. Pulled Pork Gnocchi

This recipe features potato gnocchi, pine nuts, and savory, crusted pulled pork.

Both the simple flavors and the divine textures in this recipe are absolutely incredible. 

The result is a divine dish that is totally worth pigging out on. 

30 Best Ways to Cook with Gnocchi

Try these gnocchi recipes for a true Italian feast! From soup to tasty gnocchi variations like sweet potato, cheese, and mushroom, this pasta is always a crowd-pleaser.


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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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