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Ridiculous Baked Gnocchi with Vodka Sauce

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This recipe is sponsored by DeLallo

The gnocchi alone – those pillowy tender dumpling-like bites of potato and cheese – is enough to make you go back for seconds. But toss those little gnocch-lettes (just let me) with a life-changingly easy, 5-ingredient vodka sauce, and broil it up with some fresh Mozzarella cheese, all under a little magic dusting of Parmesan, and you are now in Ridiculous territory.

Ridiculous in a good way. Like, ridiculous in the “Wow, this is so intensely cozy, savory, and creamy and yet I cannot stop eating it” kind of way.

This recipe is like guests on a Tuesday night, meets sweatpants casual, meets Christmas dinner. It’s mega winter-weather cozy with equal sides of fancy and down-to-earth.

AND IT IS SO GOOD.

DeLallo gnocchi kit.

Here’s the thing: you could 100% make your gnocchi from scratch.

Another idea, though? You could get 75% of the way to “homemade” while also not requiring a lot of hours of advance gnocchi rep.

I’ll be choosing option B for the foreseeable future, thanks to the new DeLallo Gnocchi Kits. They are high-quality, Italian-made, and easy, and they are LIFE.

DeLallo gnocchi in a bowl before cooking.

We always do our dinner club on a busy weeknight (like, no time to prep), and since our dinner club has a large appetite for gnocchi, I am stocking up.

This is the one-way ticket for very low stress gnocchi that is both fast and homemade-ish.

Baked gnocchi in a dutch oven.

Final word of wisdom here: as wonderful as it is to dive headfirst into a pillowy soft bowl of this vodka-sauced goodness (and trust me, it is wonderful), the richness of the gnocchi and sauce will all be balanced beautifully with some kind of crisp veggie as a side. Personally recommend roasted broccoli, sautéed kale, or a crisp and tangy green salad.

Baked gnocchi in a bowl.

Wow-ee. This is a ridiculously yummy wintertime baked gnocchi treasure.

Check Out Our Video For How To Make Baked Gnocchi:

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Ridiculous Baked Gnocchi with Vodka Sauce


  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

Baked Gnocchi with Vodka Sauce! Seriously cozy, seriously addicting. Pillowy-tender gnocchi tossed with an easy five-ingredient vodka sauce, baked under a layer of mozzarella, parmesan, and basil.


Ingredients

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Vodka Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated, minced, or very thinly sliced
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup chicken broth or water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (more to taste)

Gnocchi:

  • 2 DeLallo Gnocchi Kits
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese balls
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • fresh parsley or basil

Instructions

  1. Vodka Sauce: Heat butter in a large oven-safe pan over medium low heat. Add garlic; sauté for 5 minutes until soft (don’t brown it). Add tomato paste; sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add vodka; sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add cream, broth, and salt. Bring to a low simmer until the sauce coats the back of a spoon and tastes delicious. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Gnocchi: Prep the gnocchi according to package directions. Add to the sauce in the pan, and stir gently to combine.
  3. Bake: Preheat the oven to the broil setting (500 degrees). Arrange mozzarella balls over the top. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan. Bake for 5-8 minutes until very browned and slightly crisped on top. Sprinkle with parsley or basil leaves and serve with a crisp green salad because DANG this is creamy, cozy, and ridiculous.

Notes

For proper golden-browning, be sure to use GRATED Parmesan cheese, not shredded. Grated looks like a thick powder, like the stuff many of us know in the green can (but I would advise buying better than that if you can). If all you have is shredded Parmesan cheese, a quick run through the food processor will help get the texture where you want it to be.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: baked gnocchi, vodka sauce, gnocchi with vodka sauce

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    Christina

    This looks amazing and we’ve been on a gnocchi kick lately, so I definitely want to try it soon. Question though….I’ve unfortunately not seen the gnocchi kits at my local grocery store, all they have is dried. If I used a package of dry gnocchi, do you think I’d have to pre-cook them in the sauce a bit first to get them tender?

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      Aimee Domnizky

      Am I supposed to cook the fresh pasta before putting it in the sauce or does it cook in the sauce???

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    Katie

    Looks amazing! Do you have any substitute suggestions for an alcohol-free version?

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        Carolyn

        I just made it following the recipe to a T and all I could taste was vodka :(. I think if it was cooked longer in the pan prior to the tomato paste it would have mellowed the flavour a bit. Either that or omitting altogether.

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    DNN

    that baked gnocchi looks awesomely delicious. I don’t know about the vodka sauce in the food, but I definitely would love to reach my spoon or fork from the computer screen and have a taste if the vodka sauce wasn’t in it 🙂

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    Stephanie Mannon

    Hi!! Do you have tips on how to prep this ahead of time for a dinner party?

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      We ❤️ dinner parties! To cut down on your prep/cook time the day of your party, we’d suggest preparing the vodka sauce the day before. Enjoy, Stephanie! 🙂

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    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post, appreciate your efforts behind this awesome post. You explained everything about recipe very nicely.






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    Coach Laura

    Since I have to eat gluten-free due to celiac, I’ve relied on DeLallo’s GF gnocchi, which I usually have to order online. Luckily, I have two packages on hand in my pantry, along with all the other ingredients to make this for tonight’s dinner. As I have Italian ancestry, I have made my own gnocchi (and GF homemade gnocchi) but for those times where I don’t want to, DeLallo’s is the best. Thanks for the recipe Lindsay!

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    Rachel

    I’m making this sauce to go with your homemade gnocchi recipe. Do I still boil the gnocchi and then combine with the sauce to bake?

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    Lindsay

    I made this last night for some company and the flavors were spot on! I didn’t use the gnocchi kits (maybe next time!) so I just used premade gnocchi. I probably could have used three 16oz packs because there was some extra sauce when I used only two packs.






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    Sarah | Well and Full

    This gnocchi looks BEYOND delicious! I love that you baked it, that sounds like the perfect way to prepare it 🙂

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    Juli

    Where in Saint Paul, MN can I buy these amazing DeLallo products I’ve been seeing on the internets lately?
    I just spent too much money shipping a giant box of pasta…. but I didn’t know I needed this too!

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    Allison

    Unbelievably delicious! Warm, rich and tasty on a cold fall night! Thanks for sharing!

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    What would be the best vegan sub for heavy cream? I’ve used coconut milk before but don’t know if that would work with this recipe’s flavor.






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    luu

    GREAT kid-friendly, and super quick weeknight recipe. The whole family loved it and will go into our regular repertoire!






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    Debbie

    The sauce was perfect and such a hit my kids loved it. Did you ever have your family discussing how excited they are to eat the leftovers during the dinner? The gnocchi kit was a bit difficult for me because I am a nightmare with dough, so some of the pieces were different sizes. But overall an excellent recipe