Baked gnocchi in Tomato Sauce

baked-gnocchi-in-homemade-tomato-sauceIt’s getting cooler! I can put the oven on in the evenings! Although you will still mostly find me out at the grill. There has been quite a bit of rain lately, and it means the cooler evenings are even more so than usual. I feel as though I’ve been too busy to enjoy summer this year (and the baby is still too small to take out in it very often) so I’m looking forward to autumn and to trying summer again next year.

This dish is a favourite of mine, as I love gnocchi and baking it with the sauce this way is just so delicious. Served with garlic bread and a nice glass of red and I’m a happy girl! It’s exceptionally good as a weeknight dish, just throw it all in the oven and go do something else :)

You can use ready-made pasta or spaghetti sauce if you are looking for even more of a shortcut on a frazzled night, but the sauce really doesn’t take very long. I use my regular tomato sauce for it (feel free to laugh at my huge kitchen fail on that post!) and am free to add in whatever veg is in the fridge that I’d like to use – I especially like mushroom and zucchini in this, especially if it has been pre-roasted in the oven while you’re making the sauce and before the finished dish goes in. Semi-dried tomatoes and grated carrot is also great to add to the sauce as it’s simmering.

Feel free to top with whatever cheese you desire – feta is exceptionally good.

Baked gnocchi in tomato sauce


  • 1 Packet gnocchi, cooked according to packed directions
  • 1 batch Veggie Mama tomato sauce ((onion, garlic, tinned tomatoes, herbs, pinch sugar, salt and pepper and a dash of balsamic)
  • Whatever addins you like (mushrooms, zucchini, semi-dried tomatoes, grated carrot)
  • your favourite cheese (I use feta and parmesan-style)


Step 1
Add your tomato sauce to your cooked gnocchi in a baking dish. Add in your pre-roasted veg (or add semi-dried tomatoes and grated carrot to your sauce). Top with your favourite cheese and bake.
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  • sarah

    “whatever addins you like” – my favourite ingredient!

    • Veggie Mama

      Ha I agree! I stopped short of calling this refrigerator gnocchi.

  • Mother Down Under

    How exciting is it that it is getting cooler!

    My eating plan for this week is all slow cooked and roasted meals…including some pumpkin and kale quesadillas that I must remember to photograph and blog about so I can link up next Monday!

    I know I kind of cheated with the link this week but I always do Meatless Monday but I never blog about it!

    • Veggie Mama

      Hey I’ve seen some weird stuff linked… but as long as there is no dead animal in it, you should be pretty much right!

  • Nikki | Styling You

    Sweet potato mash on the menu as a side tonight … only upside of all this rain!

    • Veggie Mama

      How good is sweet potato mash! I like it made out of roasted sweet potatoes.

      • Nikki | Styling You

        Like the sound of that – we do it in the thermo – whips up like cream x

  • Jay

    ooooh, it’s still so hot here in melbourne that I’m eating salads, salads and more salads. Love a bit of gnocchi though xo

    • Veggie Mama

      I do have a summer gnocchi recipe that gets trotted out in weather such as that! It’s been horrible weather here lately so a salad feels weird. I wanted so much to enjoy the last weeks of summer!

  • Miriam@PetitArmoir

    Great inspiration yet again! I have two massive zucchinis and a couple of yellow squash to use up so there’s my veg. x

    • Veggie Mama

      PERFECT! Mine are going into a risotto tonight x

  • Lisa @ Greek Vegetarian

    I love your Meatless Mondays, it’s a great way to link in with other bloggers and discover so many other vegetarian ideas. The gnocchi looks sooo good. I’ve never baked gnocchi in the oven but this looks too good not to try – I don’t care how hot it is outside!

    • Veggie Mama

      haha thank goodness it’s raining here! Just right for baked goods.

  • Reannon Hope

    You’re making me drool !!! How good is gnocchi?! I freaking love it. My go to recipe is Gourmet Girlfriends Ricotta Gnocchi- it’s so light! I can’t wait to eat it again….& garlic bread or chilli bread…mmmmm bread

    • Veggie Mama

      I have got to try that, it’s been on my list for so long! I am so bad at gnocchi, it’s never light. But gnocchi is totally my favourite. With garlic, cream and parmesan!

  • Katie Rainbird

    I seriously haven’t ever made gnocci. It may be time!

    • Veggie Mama

      I fail every time at it. So it’s a packet for me while I keep trying!

  • Christie Connelly

    Mmmm, with garlic bread too? Carb-i-licious!

    • Veggie Mama

      I have never been afraid of carbs and I don’t plan to start now!

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  • Caitlin Jeffrey

    Yum! I’m making this right now- but with roasted pumpkin and peas (cos that’s all I have left in veges). Nice quick and easy dinner-thanks!

    • Veggie Mama

      oh roast pumpkin would have been great!

  • Emma Elliott

    Yum yum I am loving this thanks for sharing.

    • Veggie Mama

      You’re very welcome, glad you like it!

  • Diane

    Have you ever had a rutabaga? I never did until last week. I’m sharing some recipes for this interesting root vegetable.

    • Veggie Mama

      I have! We call it swede here in Australia. I like it roasted, but I haven’t had it very often. Excited to see how you’ve used it!

  • Lizzie B

    Considering the heat has finally broken in Melbourne with a torrential downpour something warm and comforting like that may be perfect for tonight! Looks delicious!
    Thanks for hosting this each week, it’s such a great way to find other people’s wonderful recipes! xx

    • Veggie Mama

      I know, I feel very spoiled that I get so much inspiration every week!

  • Lipstick & Cake

    Oh my tummy is really rumbling after looking at this! Yum, can’t wait to try.

    • Veggie Mama

      Mine is too now, I wish I had some for lunch :)

  • Sophie Isobel

    Yum! Will be sure to try this very soon! Looks amazing and perfect for this rainy weather.
    Sophie x

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