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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.


Heavenly Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce

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Servings: 4
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cook the gnocchi according to package directions.
  • Drain the gnocchi, add to the sauce and simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Top the gnocchi with basil, parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese balls.


Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 1440mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g
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About the Author

Catherine is a 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.


  1. […] and clever ways.  When I found this recipe for gnocchi with a carrot-laden tomato sauce on Weelicious, I was intrigued.  After all, the munchkin loves pasta and can house a huge bowl in minutes.  Why […]

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

  3. 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

  4. 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!

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

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

  7. 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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