Gnocchi Bake and Homemade Tomato Sauce

Aug 26, 2017 | Cooking

Dig into this delicious gnocchi bake with a quick homemade tomato sauce! Tasty Italian gnocchi meet a tasty, herb-seasoned tomato sauce meets a thick layer of melted mozzarella and cheddar. The sauce is made with pre-made tomato sauce and fresh tomatoes and when it comes to seasoning, use any selection of herbs you have available, both fresh and dried. You can easily scale the quantities of the gnocchi bake up or down, whether it’s dinner for two or to feast a crowd. This recipe is also a great way to use leftover pasta, rice, or potatoes.

Dig into this delicious gnocchi bake with a quick homemade tomato sauce! Tasty Italian gnocchi meet a tasty, herb-seasoned tomato sauce meets a thick layer of melted mozzarella and cheddar. #tomatoes #gnocchi #midweekdinner | countryhillcottage.com

More Recipe from our Meal of the Month Series

Click on the links below to get more recipes from this tomato inspired month’s meal series:

 

Dig into this delicious gnocchi bake with a quick homemade tomato sauce! Tasty Italian gnocchi meet a tasty, herb-seasoned tomato sauce meets a thick layer of melted mozzarella and cheddar. #tomatoes #gnocchi #midweekdinner | countryhillcottage.com
Our homemade tomato sauce is made with pre-made pasta sauce and fresh tomatoes and when it comes to seasoning, use any selection of herbs you have available, both fresh and dried. #tomatoes #tomatosauce #recipe | countryhillcottage.com

Gnocchi Bake and Homemade Tomato Sauce

Add 1/2 to 1 tsp dried chilli flakes, or 1 tsp smoked paprika to spice the tomato sauce up.

Prep Time: 40 min

Cooking Time: 30 – 40 min

Oven Temperature: 180°C / 350 °F / Gas mark 4

Baking Time: 20 min

Servings: 4

Materials

For the tomato sauce

  • 500 g (2 cups) unflavoured tomato sauce, smooth or chunky according to your preference
  • 6 fresh tomatoes, washed, hulled and cut into chunks
  • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 laurel leaf
  • 1 tbsp of each fresh thyme, oregano, sage, rosemary parsley and basil, chopped (If using dried herbs only use 1 tsp of each herb.)
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • a pinch of allspice
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • salt
  • black pepper

 

For the gnocchi bake

  • 400 – 500 g (14 – 18 oz) gnocchi
  • 125 g (4.4 oz) mozzarella, grated
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) cheddar, grated
  • butter or oil to grease the baking dish

Instructions

1) Cook the tomato sauce

Heat the olive oil in a heavy bottom sauce pan over medium high heat for a minute. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes. Then add the sugar, laurel leaf and herbs, except the basil and parsley, and sauté for another minute. Pour in the tomato sauce and tomato chunks. Season with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, allspice, nut meg and balsamic vinegar. Reduce the heat to low flame and continue to cook the sauce for 30 to minutes while stirring the sauce occasionally. Add the parsley and basil.

 

2) Bake the gnocchi

Grease the bottom and the sides of a baking dish with oil or butter. Pour in the tomato sauce and add the gnocchi. Give a quick stir, so the gnocchi are completely covered in sauce. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove the dish from the oven and sprinkle with the grated mozzarella and cheddar and bake for another 10 minutes or until the cheese has completely melted and looks golden brown. Serve the gnocchi bake warm with salad.

Difficulty: easy

Materials: tomatoes, gnocchi, mozzarella, cheddar


Dig into this delicious gnocchi bake with a quick homemade tomato sauce! Tasty Italian gnocchi meet a tasty, herb-seasoned tomato sauce meets a thick layer of melted mozzarella and cheddar. #tomatoes #gnocchi #midweekdinner | countryhillcottage.com
Dig into this delicious gnocchi bake with a quick homemade tomato sauce! Tasty Italian gnocchi meet a tasty, herb-seasoned tomato sauce meets a thick layer of melted mozzarella and cheddar. #tomatoes #gnocchi #midweekdinner | countryhillcottage.com
Dig into this delicious gnocchi bake with a quick homemade tomato sauce! Tasty Italian gnocchi meet a tasty, herb-seasoned tomato sauce meets a thick layer of melted mozzarella and cheddar. #tomatoes #gnocchi #midweekdinner | countryhillcottage.com
Dig into this delicious gnocchi bake with a quick homemade tomato sauce! Tasty Italian gnocchi meet a tasty, herb-seasoned tomato sauce meets a thick layer of melted mozzarella and cheddar. #tomatoes #gnocchi #midweekdinner | countryhillcottage.com
Our homemade tomato sauce is made with pre-made pasta sauce and fresh tomatoes and when it comes to seasoning, use any selection of herbs you have available, both fresh and dried. #tomatoes #tomatosauce #recipe | countryhillcottage.com

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