Baked Gnocchi With Pomodoro Sauce

Feb 27, 2023 | Food, Main Course

Happy Wednesday everyone!  This Baked Gnocchi With Pomodoro Sauce is incredibly easy to make with loads of flavor!  This simple tomato sauce gets tons of flavor from herbs sautéed in olive oil with pillows of potato gnocchi and topped with mozzarella cheese!  Mix in a homemade Alfredo sauce and you’ve got yourself an oh so delicious Pomodoro sauce.
This recipe is definitely Mr. TAL approved.  I gave some to my sister and brother-in-law and they loved it.  This recipe is great for leftovers.  Did you know that Italian food is my FAVORITE!  I could literally have pasta, pizza, and bread every day of the week!
baked Gnocchi
The first step is to sauté fresh parsley, oregano, and basil in olive oil until crispy.  While the herbs are cooking down into crisps, chop your onions and peel fresh whole cloves of garlic to sauté in butter.  Then I just added everything to the red sauce.  The key to making this red sauce was using crushed DeLallo San Marzano tomatoes.  You can use the whole tomatoes and crush them up with your hands as well.  I personally like smaller chunks or puree.  
sautéed herbs
sautéed onions and garlic
Note:  When the herbs were done crisping up in the olive oil, I drained them into a bowl with paper towel.  Once they were drained, I pulled the leaves from the stems and added them to the sauce.  If you want them more minced, just break them up in your hand.
red sauce
While the red sauce was cooking down, I made the homemade Alfredo sauce by combining heavy cream, butter, parmesan cheese, and garlic powder together.  Once the butter was melted down and blended with the cream mixture, it went directly into the red sauce to create an herby, cheesy, sauce with a kick by simply adding a pinch of hot pepper flakes for heat.  I also added sugar to the sauce because I felt it was too tart for my taste.  You can always omit the sugar if you want.
red white sauce
sauce with cheese
As the sauce was simmering, I boiled the gnocchi for a few minutes and then used a strainer to dump the gnocchi’s directly into the cast iron skillet with the sauce.  I topped with parmesan cheese and fresh mozzarella.  Typically I would use balls of mozzarella but Kroger did not have any so I bought a block and broke it into pieces.  I topped with more parmesan cheese.
gnocchi with mozzarella cheese

Move the skillet directly from the stove to the oven and broil for approximately 5-7 minutes.  Top with more cheese and you are ready to serve.

Note:  I used all fresh ingredients and all DeLallo Products. If you want to add another fresh ingredient, place baby spinach on top of the gnocchi and cheese and bake on the oven.  Serve with garlic bread.

gnocchi on a plate
baked gnocchi in a skillet


baked Gnocchi

Baked Gnocchi With Pomodoro Sauce

This Baked Gnocchi With Pomodoro Sauce is incredibly easy to make with loads of flavor! This simple tomato sauce gets tons of flavor from herbs sautéed in olive oil with pillows of potato gnocchi and toped with mozzarella cheese! Mix in a homemade fettuccini sauce and you’ve got yourself an oh so delicious Pomodoro sauce.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: baked gnocchi, fresh herbs, San Marzano tomoatoes, fettuchini alfredo sauce, onions, garlic, hot pepper flakes
Author: Two Adorable Labs


Red Sauce

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5 stems flat leaf parsley, fresh
  • 5 stems oregano, fresh
  • 5 stems basil, fresh
  • 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 28 oz can DeLallo San Marzano tomoatoes
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp sugar (optional)
  • 4 tbsp butter, salted I used Land O Lakes
  • 4 tbsp butter, salted

Homemade Fettuccini Sauce

  • 2 sticks butter, salted
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups parmesan cheese
  • pinch pepper


  • 1 16 oz package of DeLallo potato gnocchi
  • 1 block Mozzarella cheese, broken into pieces
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese


Red Sauce

  • Add olive oil to a cast iron skillet. Over medium heat sauté herbs until crispy
  • Melt butter, chop onions, peel garlic and sauté until onions are opaque. Throw whole clove in and cook with onions
  • Drain herbs, peel stems from leaves, add to can of tomato sauce. Add onions and garlic
  • Add pepper, salt, and hot pepper flakes. Let simmer

Fettuccini Sauce

  • Melt butter, add garlic powder, heavy whipping cream, and cheese. Blend together into red sauce


  • Boil Gnocchi, drain, and add to sauce in cast iron skillet
  • Top with mozzarella and parmesan cheese
  • Place cast iron skillet in oven and broil for approximately 5-7 minutes
  • Serve hot with garlic bread


Note:  This recipe calls for a lot of salt.  You might want to use un-salted butter instead of salted.  Or omit the pinch of salt.  

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    I can’t wait to try this baked gnocchi recipe! Sounds delicious!

    I loved my candle I received recently…the creme brulee scent makes me want to eat it!
    Next will be a Bowtie Boone Odor Remover….

    • Two Adorable Labs

      Awh thank you so much! I’m so glad you love your candle. Let me know if you have any questions about the recipe. We really enjoyed our meal. Hope you like it to.


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