Gnocchi Alla Vodka with Ground Beef


This gnocchi has a vodka cream sauce and just the right amount of ground sirloin to give substance without being too heavy.

Gnocchi Alla Vodka with Ground Beef
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 (16 ounce) package gnocchi

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 1 medium shallot, minced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 8 ounces ground sirloin

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

  • 2 ounces tomato paste

  • ¼ cup vodka

  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream

  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • fresh basil leaves, chiffonade


  1. Bring a pot of water to boil. Add gnocchi and cook until floating, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water.

  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large pan over medium-low heat; add shallot and garlic. Gently cook until shallot has softened and garlic is fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Turn heat up to medium and add the ground sirloin, salt, and red pepper flakes. Add in tomato paste. Allow tomato paste to caramelize. Pour in vodka and deglaze the pan by bringing sauce to a boil while scraping the browned bits with a wooden spoon. Let simmer for 5 minutes.

  4. Pour cream into the pan and stir until the paste has completely incorporated. Allow to gently simmer until the sauce begins to thicken, 5 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle in 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese and stir until it melts.

  5. Add drained gnocchi to the pan along with reserved 1/2 cup water. Serve topped with basil leaves.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

703 Calories
45g Fat
37g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 3
Calories 703
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 45g 57%
Saturated Fat 25g 126%
Cholesterol 171mg 57%
Sodium 916mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Protein 29g
Potassium 525mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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