Best Gnocchi Bake

Every family has that one recipe which binds them together, carrying stories and memories across generations. For us, it’s the Gnocchi Bake. This dish reminds me of the Sundays I spent with my grandmother. As a child, I would watch in awe as she effortlessly combined the ingredients, creating a symphony of flavors.

Recently, during a neighborhood potluck, I decided to share this cherished family recipe. The delightful mix of gnocchi, cheese, sausage, and sauce was an instant hit! The Johnsons from next door still can’t stop raving about it. Today, I’m excited to share this recipe with you all.

How to Prepare Gnocchi Bake

Ingredients for Gnocchi Bake

  • One pack (18 ounces) of either fresh or frozen gnocchi
  • 1 pound of premium Italian sausage
  • One jar (14 ounces) of your chosen marinara sauce
  • About 1 1/2 cups of finely shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions for Gnocchi Bake

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Fill a large pot with water, add a pinch of salt, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, immerse the gnocchi into it. Let them cook until they’re soft, which usually takes between 5 to 8 minutes.
  3. While waiting for the gnocchi, break the sausage into chunks and place them in a pan set over medium-high flame. Stir continuously until the sausage is browned evenly. Once done, discard any excess grease. Blend in the marinara sauce with the sausage.
  4. Now, gently fold in the boiled gnocchi and half of the mozzarella cheese into the sausage and sauce mixture. Once mixed, move this concoction into a baking dish. Gracefully scatter the remaining mozzarella over the top.
  5. Let it bake in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when the cheese turns golden and the mixture begins to bubble.

Can I use homemade gnocchi for this recipe?

Absolutely! Homemade gnocchi can elevate the dish with its fresh flavors. Just ensure they are well-prepared and not too soft.

Which other cheeses can be used as a substitute for mozzarella?

Provolone, cheddar, or even Parmesan cheese can be used as alternatives. Each will offer a distinct flavor, so choose based on your preference.

How can I make this dish vegetarian?

You can skip the sausage or replace it with a vegetarian alternative like tofu or plant-based crumbles. Ensure you season it well to match the overall taste of the dish.

Can this dish be frozen and reheated?

Yes, the Gnocchi Bake freezes well. Store in an airtight container and when ready to eat, thaw and bake until it’s heated throughout.

How can I enhance the flavor of the store-bought marinara sauce?

Add fresh herbs like basil or oregano, or throw in some minced garlic and sautéed onions to enrich the sauce’s flavor.

How long does the Gnocchi Bake last in the fridge?

When stored in a sealed container, it should last for 3-4 days. Always ensure you reheat it thoroughly before consuming.

Gnocchi Bake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 18 ounce package frozen or fresh gnocchi
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 14 ounce jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F .
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. A
  • dd gnocchi, and cook until tender, 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, crumble the sausage into a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Cook and stir until evenly browned. Drain grease, and stir in the spaghetti sauce.
  • Remove from heat, and carefully mix in the cooked gnocchi and half of the mozzarella cheese.
  • Transfer to a casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbly.
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