Heavenly Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce

Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce

Light, fluffy, airy pillows -- that you can eat.

That's what potato gnocchi are to me. They're so unique and yummy, and the way they almost melt in your mouth make them a perfect choice for toddlers as well as kids and adults.

I've made gnocchi on my own as well as bought it from the store and I will say there's nothing like homemade. Just ask my husband. It's the dish he orders every single time it's on the menu at our favorite Italian restaurant. And now, our kids yearn for them with the same passion, too.

Regardless of whether you buy your gnocchi in the store or start from scratch, for this recipe I spotlight the luscious sauce which I use to gently coat the gnocchi before tossing them with fresh basil from our garden, dropping in plump mozzarella balls -- which soften and melt the moment they hit the dish -- and finishing off everything with a light dusting of Parmesan.

It seems like quite a complex dish, but I guarantee it will take you less time than ordering out for Italian and will draw rave reviews.

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Heavenly Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce (serves 4 )

Prep Time: 7 mins Cook Time: 27 mins

egg free

nut free

gluten free


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound prepackaged gnocchi
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced basil
  • parmesan cheese
  • mozzarella balls


1. Heat the oil in a sauce pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and carrots and sauté until veggies are soft, about 5 minutes.

2. Add the tomatoes and salt and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and puree until smooth using an immersion blender, or carefully transfer to a regular blender and puree.

3. Cook the gnocchi according to package directions.

4. Drain the gnocchi, add to the sauce and simmer for 2 minutes.

4. Top the gnocchi with basil, parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese balls.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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  • Super Julz

    I would like to try making this recepy . Where can I purchase the gnocchi?

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    • Tracy

      You can buy it at Trader Joes and wholefoods

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    • Catherine

      I get mine from Trader Joe's, but you can find it at any grocery in the pasta section!

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    • Kayla E

      u can find it anywhere walmart in the dry pasta section I get mine at the commisary on base but I even saw it at the dollar tree the other day no joke

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  • Vera

    Is there a recipe for home-made Gnocchi? The store-bought ones definitely do not taste as delicious. Thank you! :)

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    • Laura

      Yes, a home made gnocchi recipe, please! :)

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  • Lisa

    Yes, please give us a great gnocchi recipe! My daughter loves gnocch. Thanks

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  • Puja

    waiting for my tomato harvest to try this

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  • Katie

    I'd love your homemade gnocchi recipe, pretty please!

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  • Heather Hopkins

    Ditto the comments above - would love your recipe for homemade gnocchi. Thanks for sharing this. The sauce sounds yummy.

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  • Ashley Baker By Nature

    Homemade gnocchi has been on my \"kitchen bucket list\" for way too long! I'm making it this weekend for Father's Day! Thanks for the inspiration, gorgeous!

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  • Emily

    This tomato sauce was delicious! I'm going to use it for other pasta dishes as well.

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  • Sheila

    I love gnocchi too! As do my kids. I don't know why I don't make them more often. They really are simple, and delicious, and every time I make them I say to myself \"why don't' I make these more often!?\". It was great to see you in Austin! You truly are one of the sweetest most genuine people I've met in the blogging world! Much love, Sheila

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  • Katie

    Oh this sounds awesome! I love gnocchi! It was nice meeting you last weekend and I found your story boarding session helpful!

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  • Adrimolina

    I made these today, they were super yummy! I don't think however it serves 4. I served my husband, my 2 1/2 yr old and myself small portions and we kind of wished we could've had more, maybe we just eat a lot! ;) It wad really good though!!

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  • Sarah F.

    How are these gluten free? Gnocchi is made with flour. This recipe came up in your GF section.

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    • Catherine

      The gnocchi is store-bought so you can purchase your favorite gluten-free variety! The recipe is actually for the sauce, which is gluten free!

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  • Tori

    This is delicious! Something that is almost as delicious are those bowls! Where did you get them at?

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  • Jill

    Made this over the weekend and was a HUGE hit with my kids and husband!! My daughter had 3 servings! Amazing!!

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