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All your favorite Italian-inspired flavors shine in this Tuscan baked gnocchi recipe! It’s an easy, comforting, and cheesy dish that’s hassle-free to make at home.

I think you may also enjoy my Spicy Vodka Pasta Bake next.

a skillet with tuscan baked gnocchi and a serving spoon

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Why you’ll love it

People can’t get enough of the signature Tuscan-inspired flavor combo of sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and fresh basil, and I’m here for it. It’s just undeniably good. Pair it with light and pillowy gnocchi and a rich cream sauce, and this baked gnocchi is comfort food dreams realized on Meatless Monday.

I decided to make it next-level delicious with a layer of melty cheese on top of this easy gnocchi bake! You’re welcome. The beauty of this one pan meal is that simple, exceptionally good quality ingredients all are showcased here, which is why I keep on coming back to DeLallo’s Italian pantry essentials. You can really taste the difference it makes.

What you’ll need

  • Butter – for sautéing
  • Onion and garlic – our base aromatics. I like sweet (Vidalia) best for this one.
  • Sun-dried tomatoes – DeLallo’s are sweet, sun-kissed tomatoes packed in a blend of fresh Italian herbs
  • Chicken broth – it adds another savory quality and makes up the base of the sauce
  • Heavy cream – for that luscious creamy element
  • Italian seasoning – this versatile blend of dried herbs is always in my pantry
  • Gnocchi – DeLallo’s are a classic Italian staple made with 85% potato
  • Spinach and basil – a burst of freshness to round out the “Tuscan” combo
  • Parmesan – to infuse cheesy flavor right inside the bake
  • Mozzarella – for that irresistible cheese pull situation
ingredients for tuscan baked gnocchi in prep bowls

Pro tip

  • DeLallo is a family-owned company with a passion for food that started as a small market outside of Pittsburgh over 60 years ago. Lucky for us, they ship nationwide if you can’t find their products in your local grocery store!
  • It’s simple to bring the best of Italy right into your own kitchen. Along with the sun-dried tomatoes and gnocchi you’ll need for this pasta bake recipe, you’re going to want to fill your online cart with so many affordable gourmet Italian goodies like charcuterie, pasta, and antipasti from DeLallo for the foodie in your life. And yourself, obviously. 😉

How to make Tuscan baked gnocchi

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

sauteing onions and making cream sauce for tuscan gnocchi in a skillet

Preheat your oven. In an oven-safe skillet, melt the butter and sauté the onion until softened. Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes and garlic, cooking for another minute. Add in the broth, Italian seasoning, cream, and gnocchi. Heat for a few minutes.

adding spinach and mozzarella to a skillet with baked gnocchi

Add in the spinach, basil, and parm, tossing until the spinach begins to wilt. Remove from the heat, and top evenly with the mozzarella. Bake for 15 minutes uncovered. Broil gently if desired. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, and season with salt & pepper.

Helpful tips

  • There’s no need to pre-cook the gnocchi! It’ll release starch as it cooks to help thicken the luxurious cream sauce.
  • Use a deep oven-proof skillet for this recipe. I used a 10.25″ Le Creuset. It seamlessly goes from stove to oven.
  • It’s best to grate your own cheese so it melts and tastes better. I use a Microplane for the parmesan.

Substitutions and variations

  • Feel free to add in the whole jar of sun-dried tomatoes if you love them! The more the merrier.
  • Try swapping the spinach for kale if that’s more your thing.
  • The chicken (or veggie) broth can be swapped with a dry white wine such as pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc for an elegant touch.
a closeup of a serving spoon over a skillet with tuscan baked gnocchi

What to serve with Tuscan baked gnocchi

  • It’s a hearty meatless main that doesn’t need much other than a big slice of Garlic Bread to round it out, or grab some crusty bread with some DeLallo EVOO and balsamic vinegar for dipping.
  • Of course, a salad is always a good idea for balance. I like to whip up my Super Simple Parmesan Arugula Salad as an effortless option.
  • This gnocchi will easily make 6 smaller portions if you’re serving it as a side dish. Pair it with my Easy Pan Seared Pork Chops or your favorite protein.

Leftovers and storage

  • Leftovers of this cheesy gnocchi bake will last a few days in the fridge in an airtight container.
  • I don’t recommend freezing leftovers due to dairy. The texture is likely to change.
  • Reheat in a saucepan over a low heat until heated through.
closeup of a spoonful of tuscan baked gnocchi over a skillet

I hope you enjoy this baked gnocchi recipe! If the post didn’t answer your questions or you want to leave a review, talk to me in the comments below. You can also find me on Instagram.

a skillet with tuscan baked gnocchi and a serving spoon
5 from 4 votes

Tuscan Baked Gnocchi

All your favorite Italian-inspired flavors shine in this Tuscan baked gnocchi recipe! It's an easy, comforting, and cheesy dish that's hassle-free to make at home.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup DeLallo Sun-Dried Tomatoes drained & chopped
  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth or dry white wine
  • 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 pound DeLallo Potato Gnocchi
  • 2 cups (packed) fresh baby spinach
  • 1 handful fresh basil torn
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Preheat your oven to 375F and move the rack to the top third of the oven.
  • Melt the butter in a deep oven-safe skillet over medium heat and sauté the onion for 4-5 minutes or until it starts to lightly brown.
  • Stir in the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes and cook for about a minute.
  • Add the broth, cream, Italian seasoning, and gnocchi to the skillet and let it heat through for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the spinach, basil, and parmesan cheese and toss until the spinach just starts to wilt.
  • Take the skillet off the heat and top with the mozzarella. Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Optional: broil for a few minutes to brown the cheese more (watch it carefully).
  • Let it sit for 5 minutes prior to serving, season with salt & pepper if needed, and enjoy!

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  1. Lisa Yerion says:

    5 stars
    I made this for Easter this year and it did not disappoint!! The recipe was so simple to follow. My family absolutely loved it and I will definitely make this again. I was so happy with how it turned out.

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so happy to hear that!! 😀 Thanks so much for letting me know, Lisa!

  2. Julie Pomaville says:

    Hi Natasha, I’m using homemade frozen gnocchi in this recipe. Would I cook the frozen in boiling water before using in this recipe? If I use them frozen I’m thinking I would have too much water in the sauce when done.
    Thank you in advance. I can’t wait to try this in Christmas with my family

    1. Natasha says:

      Yes – that is what I would do. Let me know how it goes!! 😀

  3. Sherry Rogers says:

    5 stars
    Yummy! To make this a main dish for my family I added cooked chicken. Super yummy!

    1. Natasha says:

      Fantastic!! 🙂 Thank you!

  4. Clarissa says:

    This looks fantastic! Could it be made a day prior and then baked on day of dinner party? Could a bit of pancetta be added as well?

    1. Natasha says:

      Hi! Hmm… I am a bit concerned that the spinach might get extremely wilted and the sauce could reduce too much as the gnocchi will release some starch as it sits in the fridge. I’d probably do a test run to ensure that you have the timing nailed down too, but I don’t think it’s a bad idea to try what you’re suggesting. I think adding pancetta would be delicious! 🙂

  5. K’Lann says:

    5 stars
    Amazingly cheesy goodness!! I added precooked shredded chicken breasts I had on hand before putting it in the oven. This is decadent and oh so good! Thank you for another great recipe!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you so much! Glad you liked it! 🙂

  6. Kim says:

    5 stars
    The BOMB! So flavorful and delicious. I used white wine instead of broth. I’ve tried at least four of recipes over the last week and all have been amazing. Keep those recipes coming.

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so happy you liked it, Kim!! 😀 Thanks for the review, and I will for sure!