27 Crave-Worthy Gnocchi Dinners to Make Tonight

updated Jan 12, 2021
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One of the very best things you can do for yourself is keep a bag or two of store-bought gnocchi in your freezer. Why? Because it has endless potential for family-friendly dinners. I don’t always practice what I preach, though, and in those instances, when I crave the pillowy dumpling, I use it as an excuse to make them myself. It’s easier than it sounds because the world of gnocchi is vast and there are a handful of dead-simple ways to make them without having to channel your inner Italian nonna.

No matter what, though, gnocchi is comfort food at it’s very best, which means it’s always welcomed at the dinner table. Here are 27 gnocchi recipes to try right now.

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Garlicky Shrimp Sheet Pan Gnocchi
This quick sheet pan dinner relies on store-bought gnocchi, shrimp, and lots of fresh lemon juice.
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Gnocchi Lasagna with Spinach, White Beans, and Sausage
This crowd-pleasing casserole is surprisingly light and fresh, thanks to the addition of spinach and white beans. Use plant-based sausage instead of pork sausage to make it vegetarian.
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Parisian Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Thyme
If your ideal gnocchi are crispy on the outside but pillowy and light-as-air on the inside, this Parisian gnocchi is just for you.
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Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup
This take on the popular restaurant soup has everything from the creamy broth to the pillowy gnocchi, chicken, and vegetables.
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Skillet Gnocchi Mac and Cheese
This creamy, decadent twist on classic mac and cheese that swaps the noodles in for potato gnocchi.
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Mixed Mushroom Sheet Pan Gnocchi
A package of mixed mushrooms, shallots, and gnocchi is all you need for a fast and fancy weeknight dinner.
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Gnocchi with Creamy Sauerkraut Sauce
In some ways this creamy pasta dish is reminiscent of a familiar Reuben sandwich or German-style mashed potatoes, but it’s also so much more.
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Tuscan Sheet Pan Gnocchi
This easy 3-ingredient sheet pan dinner features crispy potato gnocchi, sweet sun-dried tomatoes, and wilted baby spinach.
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Creamy Gorgonzola Gnocchi
Bright and crunchy asparagus, with a sweet pop from the peas create a pleasant clash of textures and flavors in your mouth, especially when bathed in a gorgonzola cream.
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Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Sausage, and Butternut Squash
This fall-inspired recipe for crispy sheet pan gnocchi that comes together in 30 minutes.
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Sheet Pan Kale Gnocchi with Pesto and Veggies
A bag of Trader Joe's kale gnocchi becomes the base for this vibrantly green sheet pan dinner.
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Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi and Veggies
This one-pan dinner of roasted gnocchi and vegetables doesn't even require you to boil the dumplings.
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Gnocchi Skillet with Chicken Sausage & Tomatoes
Gnocchi, blistered cherry tomatoes, chicken sausage, and a handful of basil — look, we’ve told you the whole ingredient list already.
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Ricotta Gnocchi with Peas and Herbed-Lemon Butter
This ricotta gnocchi dish is one of those meals you keep tucked away for when you want a bit of an extra-fancy feel to an average weeknight meal.
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Gnocchi with Squash & Sweet Corn
Combine packaged gnocchi and summer produce and you have a lighting-fast, healthy, and—most importantly—delicious dinner on the table.
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Tomato Soup with Gnocchi and Spinach
A bag of frozen filled gnocchi and fresh baby spinach from Trader Joe's is all you need to turn a box of creamy tomato soup into classy comfort food.
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Weeknight Rotisserie Chicken and Gnocchi Soup
If you’ve ever visited a place that begins with Olive and ends with Garden, you may have come across this soup.This take on the soup, however, is a little different.
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Gnocchi with Spinach, Bacon, and Blue Cheese
If the thought of crispy bacon and the pungent bite of blue cheese makes you smile with delight, then this recipe belongs in your meal plan.
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Sheet Pan Gnocchi, Meatballs, and Giardiniera
Gnocchi, pickled vegetables, and frozen meatballs are perhaps an unlikely combo, but trust us, it's one you want to know.
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Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Sausage and Peppers
Crispy, plump potato gnocchi meets juicy peppers and spicy sausage in a fast and easy meal that’s a total weeknight win.
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Gnocchi with Asparagus, Edamame, and Parmesan
This gnocchi is crisped in a skillet, then tossed with asparagus, edamame, Parm, and lemon, and best of all it's ready in 10 minutes.
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Grilled Gnocchi with Summer Squash and Burst Tomatoes
Grilling gnocchi gives it a crispy exterior and delicious charred flavor. And yes, it's just as irresistible as it sounds.
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Creamy Green Garlic & Avocado Pesto Over Gnocchi
When your bowl of gnocchi involves green garlic and avocado pesto, you know it's a dinner to keep on repeat.
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Pork Ragu with Semolina Gnocchi
I'll let you decide if the very best part of this ultra-comforting dinner is the homemade gnocchi or the rich pork ragu.
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Trader Joe's Sweet Potato Gnocchi
This dead-simple dinner is exactly what to make on harried weeknights.
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Gnocchi Skillet with Sweet Potatoes, Greens & Goat Cheese
Put your cast iron skillet to work tonight — make this quick dinner, with its hearty mix of soft gnocchi, roasted sweet potatoes, earthy kale, and goat cheese.
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Herbed Gnocchi and Mushrooms
Bright and fresh is the name of the game in the fast and fancy dinner for two.
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