Pizza baked gnocchi

Pizza baked gnocchi - easy to customise with your favourite pizza toppings! /

After making gnocchi for the first time a few weeks ago, I’m kind of hooked. This time I didn’t go the whole hog by making my own gnocchi, I just used a packet of the pre-made stuff. Honestly, home-made gnocchi is way better, but it takes quite a while to make – so it’s totally up to you which you go for. I’d like to make my own again in the future, but I’d be lying if I said it will become a regular event in my kitchen.

If you want a quick dinner recipe, shop-bought is the way to go. Then you just need to add simple, classic Italian flavours to transform your gnocchi into something that’s part pizza, part pasta bake – pizza baked gnocchi! Start with a simple tomato sauce, add your gnocchi, and then top it with some (…lots of…) mozzarella and whatever pizza toppings you fancy, and you end up with a rich gnocchi bake with all the flavours of your favourite pizza. I went for tomatoes and mushrooms, but you can mix it up with whatever you like. My other favourite pizza toppings are red pepper, black olives and sweetcorn, so I might try those next.

This baked gnocchi just looks so perfect when it comes out of the oven, just like the top of a pizza…

Pizza baked gnocchi - easy to customise with your favourite pizza toppings! /

You really can’t beat gooey, melty mozzarella! And then you dig in…

Pizza baked gnocchi - easy to customise with your favourite pizza toppings! /

I literally have no words.

Serve this alongside a salad or some garlic bread and you’ve got yourself a really easy dinner that will please everyone.

(seriously, if you know someone who wouldn’t like this… just give up. They’re past helping)

Pizza baked gnocchi - easy to customise with your favourite pizza toppings! /

Pizza baked gnocchi
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Recipe type: Main meal
Yield: 2-3
  • 1tbsp oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ onion, sliced or diced
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 250g passata
  • 2tbsp tomato purée
  • 150ml vegetable stock
  • Black pepper
  • 500g gnocchi
  • 150g mozzarella, grated
  • A selection of your favourite pizza toppings - I used some sliced mushrooms and some halved cherry tomatoes
  • Fresh herbs, for serving (I used chives, but basil or parsley would work well too)
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (Gas Mark 6 / 400°F).
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, and cook the garlic and onion over a medium-low heat for a few minutes, until soft. Add the dried herbs, passata, tomato purée, stock and plenty of black pepper, and bring to a simmer. Add the gnocchi, and cook for a few minutes.
  3. Transfer the gnocchi and sauce to a baking dish measuring around 8 x 6 inches. Top with plenty of grated mozzarella, and then add your pizza toppings. Add a bit more black pepper if desired. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the cheese is melty and slightly browned.
  4. Serve topped with plenty of fresh chives.

Pizza baked gnocchi - easy to customise with your favourite pizza toppings! /

Are you a fan of easy recipes to throw in the oven? Try my enchilada pasta bake:

Enchilada pasta bake /


  1. says

    Oh my God, this looks AMAZING! I’m definitely going to have to make this. I picked up some individual-sized baking dishes yesterday, and I might have to break them in with this!

  2. Suz says

    I’ve finally made this after wanting for ages! I did a couple of extra things though. I added baby spinach leaves to the tomato passata, and put blobs of pesto on top.

    This is a really nice change from the way I usually bake Gnocchi.

  3. Jenny Weeks says

    Me & my partner are making the transition to vegetarianism, so are looking for easy, fun & tasty meals to help get us started – this is perfect! Gnocchi bought, it’s already on this week’s menu. Thanks Becca!

  4. Lindsay says

    I made for this dinner tonight and I just wanted to say thank you – it is so easy and unbelievably delicious! I haven’t met a recipe of yours I did not like! :D

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