24 Simple & Flavorful Gnocchi Recipes For Quick Dinners

Gnocchi, a beloved Italian pasta, has gained popularity worldwide. Small, pillowy, chewy, tender nuggets of pasta – what’s not to love! And if you take advantage of commercially prepared, it is as easy to make as any past: just boil water!. We’ve gathered a variety of mouthwatering gnocchi recipes, including homemade and those using prepared gnocchi, gluten-free options, and vegan alternatives. If you have never had gnocchi, you are in for a treat!

What Are Gnocchi, and How Do You Say It?

Homemade gnocchi.
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Gnocchi, pronounced as “nyow-kee,” is a soft, pillowy pasta. It’s derived from the Italian word “nocchio,” meaning a knot in wood, or “nocca,” signifying knuckle. This rustic dish has been enjoyed since ancient Roman times, offering versatility and inspiration for home cooks. The little ridges catch the sauce and toppings and can be made with the back of fork tines, or there are little wooden boards called Rigagnocchi (seen below) that can be used. Little bits of pasta dough are rolled down the fork or board and the ridges imprint.

Crafting Perfect Gnocchi

Potato gnocchi.
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The key to exceptional gnocchi lies in the preparation. Whether you prefer classic potato gnocchi or want to try something different, our recipes provide step-by-step instructions for both homemade and store-bought options. And, while these recipes might sound fancy, and some of them are, most of them are very quick and easy – fast enough for a weeknight meal, when using the prepared gnocchi.

Roasted Gnocchi with Tomatoes

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Experience the rich flavors of oven-roasted gnocchi, combined with juicy tomatoes and aromatic herbs. This simple one-pan dish promises a delightful culinary experience. Once we experienced roasted gnocchi, it became our favorite way to prepare it. Get the recipe.

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Ricotta Gnocchi with Browned Butter & Sage

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Indulge in the creamy texture of ricotta gnocchi, enhanced with the nutty flavor of browned butter and fragrant sage. This elegant dish is special enough for guests – and we have a lactose-free version! Get the recipe.

Gnocchi with Bacon & Mushrooms

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Enjoy the savory combination of bacon, mushrooms, and creamy gnocchi in this easy-to-make dish. Perfect for busy nights, it’s a comforting and convenient meal option. Get the recipe.

Homemade Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Roasted Garlic Sauce

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Try your hand at homemade sweet potato gnocchi, served with a flavorful roasted garlic sauce. This wholesome dish satisfies. Get the recipe.

Gnocchi with White Wine Sauce

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Immerse yourself in the decadent flavors of gnocchi coated in a rich white wine sauce, complemented by savory sausage and aromatic sage. A culinary masterpiece awaits with every bite.  Get the recipe.

Gnocchi Mac & Cheese

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Savor the comforting goodness of gnocchi mac & cheese, featuring velvety cheese sauce and tender gnocchi. Each bite offers a delicious blend of flavors and textures. If you are a mac n cheese fan, check this recipe out (we also have an entire article for you about mac and cheese). Get the recipe.

Vegan Gnocchi with Roasted Cauliflower and Lemon

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Indulge in the vibrant flavors of roasted cauliflower, zesty lemon, and tender gnocchi in this irresistible vegan dish. A harmonious blend of textures and aromas awaits in every bite. Get the recipe.

Gnocchi with Pancetta

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Delight in the rustic flavors of gnocchi paired with crispy pancetta and vibrant vegetables. This hearty dish is a true testament to the timeless appeal of Italian cuisine. Get the recipe.

Gnocchi Bolognese with Fresh Basil

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Indulge in the ultimate comfort dish with this easy gnocchi bolognese recipe. Soft, pillowy gnocchi perfectly complement a rich, meaty sauce, creating a harmony of flavors that’s sure to delight. Whether it’s for date night, Sunday supper, or a simple weeknight meal, this dish comes together in just 30 minutes, promising satisfaction with every bite. Get the recipe.

How to Make Ricotta Gnocchi

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Unlock the secrets to crafting homemade ricotta gnocchi with ease and finesse. With expert tips and guidance, you’ll become a master of gnocchi-making in no time. Get the recipe.

Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi

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Discover the simplicity of vegan sweet potato gnocchi, bursting with flavor and crafted with minimal ingredients. Embrace plant-based goodness without sacrificing taste or texture. Get the recipe.

Gnocchi alla Sorrentina

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Transport yourself to Italy with Gnocchi alla Sorrentina, a wonderfully easy and delicious classic Italian comfort food dish. With just five ingredients, this dish is perfect for busy weeknights, especially when using store-bought gnocchi. Experience the flavors of Italy without the hassle. Get the recipe.

Chicken Piccata with Gnocchi

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Treat yourself to the ultimate comfort food dinner with Chicken Piccata paired with tender gnocchi. Thinly sliced chicken dredged in seasoned flour is sautéed to perfection in a dreamy lemon butter pan sauce infused with wine and capers. Ready in just 25 minutes, it’s the ideal dish for busy weeknights or special occasions. Get the recipe.

Air Fryer Cauliflower Gnocchi

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Enjoy the perfect crispy texture of cauliflower gnocchi with this easy air fryer recipe. Whether using Trader Joe’s or any other brand, this recipe ensures a delicious appetizer or main dish that’s ready in no time. It’s a hassle-free way to enjoy a favorite comfort food. Get the recipe.

Gnocchi Marinara with Sausage & Peppers

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Experience the perfect marriage of flavors with this gluten-free gnocchi dish. Sautéed Italian chicken sausage, onions, peppers, and garlic marinara come together to create a slightly spicy and satisfying meal in just 20 minutes. It’s comfort food at its finest. Get the recipe.

Spring Vegetable Gnocchi

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Celebrate the flavors of spring with this vibrant vegetarian gnocchi recipe. Featuring a medley of seasonal vegetables, it’s a delicious and easy way to enjoy this classic Italian dish. Whether for lunch or dinner, it’s a recipe that’s sure to please.  Get the recipe.

Homemade Gnocchi with Wild Mushroom Ragu

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Experience the rich and satisfying flavors of homemade gnocchi with wild mushroom ragu. This vegan-friendly dish is surprisingly hearty and delicious, perfect for those craving a comforting meal without the meat. It’s a show-stopping dish that’s sure to impress. Get the recipe.

Italian Sheet Pan Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi

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Enjoy the convenience of Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi with this easy sheet pan recipe. With just five ingredients and five minutes of prep time, it’s a balanced and satisfying meal that’s perfect for busy weeknights. It’s comfort food made simple.  Get the recipe.

Baked Cauliflower Gnocchi

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Savor the comforting flavors of cauliflower gnocchi in this one-skillet meal. Ground pork, crushed tomatoes, spinach, and melted mozzarella cheese combine to create a hearty and satisfying dish. Baked on the stove top and finished under the broiler in under 30 minutes, it’s perfect for busy weeknights. Get the recipe.

Gnocchi Pesto Soup

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Bright and comforting, this gnocchi pesto soup is a delightful twist on traditional Italian flavors. With pillows of gnocchi, zucchini, and lots of basil, it’s the perfect recipe for when you’re craving something healthy yet satisfying. It’s comfort in a bowl, without the guilt. Get the recipe.

Sweet Pea Gnocchi with Tarragon Pea Cream

sweet pea gnocchi tarragon cream.
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Elegant and delicious, this recipe for Sweet Pea Gnocchi with Tarragon Pea Cream is perfect for spring. Featuring the fresh flavors of sweet peas and tarragon, it’s a dish that’s as beautiful as it is tasty. Whether for a special occasion or a casual dinner, it’s sure to impress. Get the recipe.

Vegan Stuffed Gnocchi with Truffled Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions

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Indulge in the heavenly flavors of vegan stuffed gnocchi with truffled mushrooms and caramelized onions. The sweetness of the caramelized onion contrasts perfectly with the earthiness of the mushrooms, all encased in a light-as-air layer of gnocchi. It’s a dish that’s sure to satisfy even the most discerning palate. Get the recipe.

Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup

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Warm up with a piping hot bowl of Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup, the ultimate winter comfort dish. Loaded with chicken, veggies, and a creamy broth, it’s a dish that’s sure to satisfy. Plus, with the convenience of the Instant Pot, it’s ready in no time. Get the recipe.

Gorgonzola Gnocchi

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Enjoy the creamy goodness of gorgonzola gnocchi with this quick and easy recipe. Loaded with amazing flavor and lots of veggies, it’s a perfect weeknight dinner option that’s ready in under 20 minutes. Plus, you don’t even have to boil the gnocchi! This dish is pan sautéed! Get the recipe.

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  • Dede Wilson

    Dédé Wilson is a journalist with over 17 cookbooks to her name and is the co-founder and managing partner of the digital media partnership Shift Works Partners LLC, currently publishing through two online media brands, FODMAP Everyday® and The Queen Zone.

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