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A bowl full of Baked Gnocchi with Vodka Sauce and a wooden spoon.

Ridiculous Baked Gnocchi with Vodka Sauce

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


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.



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)


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


  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.


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.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian

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