Customizable Baked Gnocchi
What do you make when you want something quick and easy, yet hearty and delicious? Try some baked gnocchi.
This recipe is awesome because you don’t have to pre-cook the gnocchi. You can just layer everything up like a lasagna and stick it in the oven. Plus, it’s so very flexible. This dish can be made with whatever you have in the fridge and pantry. White sauce or red – either would work. Don’t have any jarred sauce? Try some canned diced tomatoes with some Italian seasoning (or Mexican!). Throw in whatever meat (pre-cooked), veggies and/or cheeses you need to use up. About the only required components are the gnocchi and, I’d say, the ricotta. The gnocchi is the hearty base, and the ricotta is what binds it all together.
Here’s the version I made the other day. My boyfriend scarfed it down and was happy there were leftovers for lunch the next day. Hearty, filling, delicious and easy! My favorite kind of recipe.
Next I want to try it with a white sauce and maybe some spinach. Or maybe some asparagus…
- 1 pound Gnocchi packaged, uncooked
- 3 cups Marinara sauce
- 3/4 cup Ricotta cheese
- 1 ounce Parmesan grated
- 1 large Egg lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup Fresh basil chopped
- 1/4 cup Fresh parsley chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 pound Sausage cooked, smoked or Italian, chopped into bite sized peices
- 8 ounces Mushrooms sliced
- Mozzarella cheese shredded or thinly sliced
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a small bowl, whisk together ricotta, parmesan, egg, basil, parsley and crushed red pepper flakes. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Spread a thin layer of marinara sauce in the bottom. Scatter one half of the uncooked gnocchi in a single layer. Scatter one half of the cooked sausage, and one half of the mushrooms.
Using a spoon, distribute half of the ricotta mixture in small dollops. Spoon a layer of marinara over the ricotta, leaving enough sauce for the last layer.
Repeat layeering, using all of the remaining gnocchi, sausage, mushrooms and sauce.
Top with thin slices or shredded mozzarella cheese.
Bake until sauce is bubbling and the cheese is lightly browned, about 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to sit for about 10 minutes before serving.