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It’s easy to turn store-bought gnocchi into a restaurant-worthy meal! All of these gnocchi recipes are ready in less than 30 minutes, and the gnocchi is cooked right in the sauce so you don’t have to pre-cook it. 

collage for 10 easy gnocchi recipes

There’s something for everyone in these 10 gnocchi with sauce recipes. 

What kind of gnocchi do I use in these recipes?

I buy the shelf-stable potato gnocchi that’s found in the dry pasta aisle in most major grocery stores. I don’t have any particular brand loyalty. The refrigerated gnocchi will work too. I don’t recommend using homemade gnocchi because it can be a bit delicate for the one pan cooking method.

What to serve with gnocchi?

Some of these recipes work best as main courses, and others are more side dishes. I recommend serving the main course ones with a salad or garlic bread. The side dishes go with any entree you can think of. 

Without further ado, here’s the recipes: 

1. Chicken Bacon Gnocchi

We’ve got bacon, tender chicken breast, and a creamy garlic sauce… what more could you ask for? This makes one awesome dinner. One reader said: “Made it exactly as the recipe called for…was delicious! Even my picky eater boyfriend absolutely loved it!”

This easy chicken bacon gnocchi recipe is decadent and comforting. It's ready in only half an hour, so it's perfect for a weeknight dinner or easy entertaining. A one pan meal!

2. One Pan Creamy Gnocchi with Sausage

Italian sausage pieces (you can use mild or hot) nestled with pillowy gnocchi in a creamy tomato sauce is the ultimate comfort food. Possibly my favorite out of the 10!

skillet with Italian sausage gnocchi and a serving spoon

3. 15 Minute One Pan Creamy Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Gnocchi

The sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil scream summer (even if it’s the middle of winter). A delicious vegetarian main course or side dish. 

stoneware bowl with creamy sun-dried tomato gnocchi

4. Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce

This gnocchi recipe doesn’t have any cream, but it does have a garlicky tomato sauce with plenty of delicious, melty parmesan and mozzarella. So good.

one pan gnocchi with tomato sauce in a white bowl

5. Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Gnocchi

The recipe that started it all, and it remains one of my most popular recipes. Vegetarian and meat-eaters alike just love it. Great as a main course or side. One lovely reader said: “Awesome recipe! Even my fussiest family members loved it. My husband said it was a 10 out of 10. Thanks!!!”

This creamy mushroom and spinach gnocchi is a restaurant-worthy dinner made in one pan and ready in less than 30 minutes!

6. 15 Minute Creamy Alfredo Gnocchi

The perfect quick & rich side dish if you want to try a twist on Fettuccine Alfredo!

close-up of bowl of gnocchi with parmesan garlic sauce

7. Spinach and Artichoke Gnocchi

This side dish is a fun twist on the popular hot dip.

Creamy spinach and artichoke gnocchi is made in one pan, can be made vegetarian, and makes the most delicious comfort food side dish!

8. Creamy Tomato Gnocchi

The tomato cream sauce envelopes the gnocchi and you’ll definitely want seconds. 😉 This one works as a vegetarian main course or a side dish.  

close-up of bowl with gnocchi with tomato cream sauce

9. One Pan Gnocchi alla Vodka

If you like the classic penne alla vodka, try this. It has a lighter tomato cream sauce and makes an excellent side dish. 

close-up of gnocchi with vodka tomato sauce in bowl

10. Tuscan Sausage Gnocchi 

Spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, Italian sausages, parmesan cheese, cream, and fresh basil make the most incredible sauce. A reader said: “Made this for my boyfriend and I this past Saturday, OMG it was AMAZING!! We are big on flavor and this did not disappoint, there were no leftovers and we loved it so much we made another batch for dinner on Sunday!”

close-up in a white bowl of sausage gnocchi with Tuscan cream sauce

Which one will you try? If you make any of my recipes, tag me on Instagram! 🙂

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  1. Anne says:

    I prefer the mini size gnocchi, do these recipes need liquid adjustments?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi! I’ve actually never cooked with the mini ones before. I imagine it would be the same or similar, but you may need to add a little more liquid if needed.

  2. Lynette Cartlidge says:

    Hey Guys,
    Just made your spinach and mushroom gnocchi, it is absolutely yum.
    Going to try some of your other recipes for gnocchi, cos I love it Thank you from down under.

    1. Natasha says:

      Awesome!! 😀 You’re very welcome, Lynette!

  3. Julie Breedlove says:

    Omg, made the creamy tomato & it was amazing. No tweaks except to sub a little half & half for the cream. I like what you said about eating full fat, treat-y food in moderation & healthy most of the time. It’s the only way to go. Can’t wait to try the other gnocchi recipes here.

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Julie!! 🙂 Totally… I think that’s a good principle to live by.

  4. Karen Marinovich says:

    Of course, who doesn’t love whipping cream in a sauce, but honestly the waistline suffers. Any other options?

    1. Natasha says:

      Haha I know, right? Most of these are meant to be treat meals. Or eat a small but satisfying portion. You can sub half-and-half if you wish – some readers have had success with that (check the comments for any individual recipes that you may be interested in making). This one doesn’t have cream, but it does have mozzarella and parm:

    2. Rachael says:

      Agreed. When I was dieting, I added more veggies and ate smaller carb portions. So this dish could stretch to feed several times.

      You could always try to sub out the whipping cream with skim milk. The consistency definitely isn’t the same, nor is the flavor. Just a suggestion

  5. Nikki says:

    I love gnocchi but have not eaten it much, due to lack of really good recipes! I will try all of these! Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Natasha says:

      You’re welcome! Let me know if you try any 🙂

  6. Susan says:

    Quick and delicious! prepared as written except red wine instead of white, used grated pecorino cheese, a little broth when it got thick and handfuls of spinach to wilt under cover and stir in. I had homemade potato-ricotta gnocchi in my freezer, so I did lightly fry it b/f adding to sauce so Ricotta would hold up. It did! Passed the recipe on to my friends and family. Thanks!

    1. Natasha says:

      Awesome! Thank you!

  7. Leslie Vincent says:

    I’m not on Instagram but I’ll email you pics! Yes we are trying one of your sauces!! Brilliant!! Bravo 🍷

    1. Natasha says:

      Great! Thank you!