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This vegetarian one pan gnocchi alla vodka recipe is really easy and ready in about 20 minutes! It’s simple, delicious, and comforting.

gnocchi alla vodka sauce in a teal bowl
Photos updated 7/18

I keep thinking up new one pan gnocchi recipes because I keep getting so much good feedback on the ones I have so far. My creamy mushroom and spinach gnocchi has been one of my most popular recipes for a while.

Gnocchi with vodka sauce seemed like a good idea. It’s like penne alla vodka… but with gnocchi. Can’t go wrong with that!

close-up of gnocchi with vodka tomato sauce in bowl

I used half-and-half to make this vegetarian gnocchi recipe a bit lighter. You still get the feel of a cream sauce, but it definitely isn’t quite as heavy on the calories (or tummy) as if you used heavy cream. You could, of course, use heavy cream in here if you prefer, however. I won’t stop ya.

I used the shelf stable gnocchi that you can find in the pasta aisle at grocery stores. You don’t need to pre-cook it – it cooks right in the sauce. This is definitely designed to be a super quick recipe that you can just throw together on a busy weeknight between activities!

As with my other gnocchi recipes, this makes great leftovers. Perfect for work lunches. And it’s the only way you’ll get away with consuming vodka at work. 😉

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bowl of gnocchi alla vodka in bowl beside basil leaves

Have you tried any of my one pan gnocchi recipes? Will you try this one? Questions? Let me know in the comments below!

Gnocchi in a vodka cream sauce with tomatoes and basil. This gnocchi alla vodka recipe is ready in about 20 minutes! A delicious weeknight dinner.
5 from 10 votes

One Pan Gnocchi alla Vodka

This vegetarian one pan gnocchi alla vodka recipe is really easy and ready in about 20 minutes! It's simple, delicious, and comforting.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion chopped finely
  • 3-4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 (14 fluid ounce) can diced tomatoes with juices
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 2 dashes Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 pound uncooked potato gnocchi 
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Handful fresh basil sliced thinly
  • Salt & pepper to taste 


  • Add the olive oil and onion into a deep skillet over medium-high heat and sauté for 5-7 minutes (ok if the onion lightly browns).
  • Add the garlic to the pan and cook for about 30 seconds. 
  • Add the tomatoes and vodka and let it simmer for about a minute. 
  • Stir in the Italian seasoning, half-and-half, and gnocchi. Give it a good stir, then reduce the heat to medium. Cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the parmesan and basil. Season with salt & pepper as needed (I was fairly generous with the salt in this recipe) and cook for a couple more minutes to ensure the gnocchi is fully cooked through. Serve immediately.


  • The gnocchi will cook right in the sauce - no need to pre-cook it.
  • This dish makes great leftovers.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 409kcal, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 33mg, Sodium: 744mg, Potassium: 319mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 500IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 273mg, Iron: 6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Karhy says:

    Can Italian sausage be added?

    1. Natasha says:

      Absolutely! I think some readers have done that successfully. Enjoy!

  2. Cynthia Green says:

    5 stars
    Made it last night as written with the exception of adding more seasoning and a dash of red pepper flakes. Delicious!

    1. Natasha says:

      So glad you enjoyed it, Cynthia!! Thanks for letting me know.

  3. Aria says:

    Can I use canned tomato sauce instead of diced tomatoes/would that work with the vodka? Thanks so much 🙂

    1. Natasha says:

      That will be fine 🙂

  4. Natasha says:

    Ignore my comment I apparently can’t read lol

    1. Natasha says:

      Lol it’s ok!

  5. Heather says:

    Hi, I am hoping to use this with a homemade GF gnocchi.. do you think I should precook the homemade gnocchi?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi! I would. I’ve heard from readers that homemade gnocchi can be quite delicate, so I wouldn’t do the one pan method. You could also just try making my vodka sauce separately… it’s a bit different than this recipe, but you can see which you like the look of best. 🙂 Here it is:

      1. Natasha says:

        I don’t see cream or half and half in listing of steps? Thanks. How much do I use ?