21 Easy Dinners That Start with Packaged Gnocchi

Peanut Chicken with Gnocchi
Peanut Chicken with Gnocchi . Photo: marbarusa

Turn packaged gnocchi into super-simple weeknight dinners. For these top-rated recipes, you can use store-frozen gnocchi or shelf-stable, vacuum-sealed pouches of gnocchi. These light, delicious dumplings are so convenient for making a wide variety of quick and easy dinners. They take well to all types of sauces and preparations. Here are some of our very favorite gnocchi recipes. And if you're feeling ambitious, try knocking out your own homemade gnocchi — potato gnocchi, sweet potato gnocchi, ricotta gnocchi, and Roman-style semolina gnocchi.

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Skillet Gnocchi with Chard & White Beans

"In this one-skillet supper, we toss dark leafy greens, diced tomatoes and white beans with gnocchi and top it all with gooey mozzarella," says recipe submitter Breana Lai.

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Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

A great way to use up leftover chicken, this recipe features a package of mini potato gnocchi, cubed chicken, a bag of baby spinach leaves, veggies, chicken broth, and cream. "I thought the soup was excellent. For all the people who cant find Gnocchi, most grocery stores will sell it in a vacuum sealed pouch in the pasta section," says FoodLover11.

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Chicken Sausage Gnocchi Skillet

Chicken sausage, ricotta cheese gnocchi, and broccoli combine in this Italian-inspired skillet dinner that's quick and easy to prepare.

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Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella

This classic Italian dish starts with a package of potato gnocchi and canned crushed tomatoes. "Known as 'gnocchi alla sorrentina,' this classic Italian pasta dish uses simple ingredients and tastes delicious," says saretta. "Use homemade or store-bought gnocchi."

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Creamy Sausage and Mushroom Gnocchi Skillet

This comforting one-skillet dish combines store-bought potato gnocchi with white wine, cream, shallots, and turkey sausage. "Absolutely wonderful," raves Cathy. "Great flavor. Easy. Everyone cleaned their plates. I used sweet Italian sausage with fennel. Yumm, yumm."

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20-Minute Sausage-Broccoli Gnocchi Alfredo

Packaged potato gnocchi make a knock out dinner with bulk Italian sausage, frozen broccoli, and a jar of Alfredo sauce. "A hearty, delicious, and simple meal of gnocchi with sausage cooked on the stove in 20 minutes," says Caramia.

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Gnocchi alla Sorrentina

"A classic Italian primo, or starter pasta, from the Campania region of Italy," says Buckwheat Queen. "Fresh tomatoes are sauteed with onion, garlic, and basil, then tossed with fresh mozzarella, basil, and your favorite gnocchi or short pasta. In the summer, we skip the oven part of this recipe and just eat it after being tossed in the saute pan."

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Cabbage and Noodles with Ham

A great way to use up leftover ham. Potato gnocchi and cubed ham are tossed with cooked cabbage and onions in this super-simple skillet meal. Stephanie gives it 5 stars: "Easy and very tasty! I used prepackaged shredded coleslaw."

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Gnocchi with Sausage and Mushrooms

Packaged gnocchi are served in a rich vodka marinara sauce with sauteed baby portobello mushrooms and hot Italian sausage. Another quick and easy weeknight meal.

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Gnocchi Cacciatore Soup

This vegetarian cacciatore soup features packaged potato gnocchi, Cubanelle peppers, vegetable broth, and tomatoes. "I'll make a big pot and eat it all week long!" says Jill. "It can be as spicy as you like and is delish. Tastes even better the next day after the flavors have had time to hang out."

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Gnocchi with Sage-Butter Sauce

"A delicious sage, butter, garlic and cheese sauce makes a delicious side dish or complete meal!" says Gina Izzy Shores.

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Creamy Saffron Shrimp with Gnocchi and Caramelized Onion

"It sounds fancy, but this is a simple and delicious meal you can easily make for any occasion," says recipe submitter @lex. "Feel free to add any vegetables you like and make a meal out of it."

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Brussels Sprouts 'n Gnocchi

Fresh Brussels sprouts are sliced and sauteed with gnocchi, onions, and garlic in this simple weeknight dinner in a skillet. If you like, add a little cooked and crumbled bacon to the mix.

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Gnocchi with Cherry Tomato Sauce

Cherry tomatoes are quartered, combined with crushed tomatoes and simmered with sauteed onions, garlic. Top with fresh basil, sliced kalamata olives, and grated Parmesan cheese. "The flavor of potato gnocchi is lifted by this sweet, fresh, spicy sauce," says Laura N.

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Gnocchi in Fontina Sauce

Gnocchi in Fontina Sauce
Photo by Michelle S.

"Quick and easy white cheese sauce which make the gnocchi melt in your mouth!" says jensenly. "Very rich and decadent. Best served with a light salad to balance out the richness."

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Gnocchi Primavera

Little pillows of potato pasta are cooked with mushrooms, grape tomatoes, zucchini, and fresh basil, and served topped with Parmesan cheese crisps. "Potato gnocchi with wonderful crisp vegetables and basil make a delicious, rustic meal," says Dawn Camacho.

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Gnocchi in Lemon-Cream Sauce

Gnocchi in Lemon-Cream Sauce

In this quick and easy weeknight meal, gnocchi pairs with fresh broccoli and cauliflower in a rich, lemony cream sauce. "This is a hearty, tangy, and flavorful dish," says FrackFamily5 CA—>CT. "Broccoli and cauliflower stand up to the rich sauce. Mix up gnocchi flavors to suit your tastes."

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Gnocchi with Pesto and Shrimp

Shrimp and asparagus are sauteed with gnocchi in pesto. "This combination of flavors is surprisingly delicious," says Erica Monjeau.

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Loaded Gnocchi Soup

Featuring sauteed onions, celery seed, broth, half-and-half, bacon, Cheddar cheese, and gnocchi, this creamy soup is ready in less than 30 minutes. "Think loaded baked potato soup, but with gnocchi and ready in 20 minutes," says Soup Loving Nicole.

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Skillet Gnocchi Primavera with Lemon Cream Sauce

"This gnocchi recipe showcases an abundance of fresh vegetables (broccoli, peas, carrots, bell pepper, zucchini, squash, tomatoes) and is the perfect option for a spring meal, and the bonus is it's a one-skillet meal!" says thedailygourmet. "If you're craving more protein, add in some chopped grilled chicken."

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Peanut Chicken with Gnocchi

Peanut Chicken with Gnocchi
Peanut Chicken with Gnocchi. marbarusa

Flavorful curry chicken is baked atop boiled gnocchi with broccoli and onions and sprinkled with peanuts and cilantro in this easy recipe. "Quick and easy gnocchi recipe for any time of the year," says marbarusa.

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