Gnocchi and Meatball Bake


Homemade meatballs and gnocchi come together in this cheesy bake. Bonus points: It can be made ahead so all you have to do is bake when you're ready.

Gnocchi and Meatball Bake
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
19 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 19 mins


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 16 ounce package shelf-stable potato gnocchi

  • 1 ½ cup light or no-sugar-added tomato-base pasta sauce

  • 12 ounce extra-lean ground beef

  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion

  • 1 small egg, lightly beaten, or 2 tablespoons refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed

  • 2 tablespoon fine dry whole wheat bread crumbs

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon dried basil, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed

  • 2 teaspoon olive oil

  • 8 ounce fresh mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 medium green sweet pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into bite-size strips

  • ½ cup thinly sliced onion

  • 2 teaspoon olive oil

  • ½ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (2 ounces)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a 2-quart rectangular baking dish with cooking spray; set aside. Cook gnocchi according to package directions. Drain. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in pasta sauce; set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine ground beef, the chopped onion, egg, bread crumbs, oregano, basil, garlic powder, and fennel seeds. Shape meat mixture into 24 balls.

  3. In a large skillet heat 2 teaspoons olive oil over medium heat. Add mushrooms, sweet pepper, and the sliced onion; cook about 7 minutes or until tender. Add vegetables to bowl with gnocchi.

  4. In the same large skillet heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium heat. Cook meatballs, half at a time, about 6 minutes or until cooked through (160°F), turning occasionally. Transfer meatballs to bowl with gnocchi and vegetables. Stir gently to combine.

  5. Pour gnocchi mixture into prepared baking dish. Cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake, uncovered, about 10 minutes more or until cheese is melted and golden brown.

To Make Ahead:

Prepare as directed through Step 4. Pour gnocchi mixture into prepared baking dish. Cover with foil. Chill for 4 to 24 hours. To serve, preheat oven to 350°F. Bake, covered, for 45 minutes; stir. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes more or until cheese is melted and golden brown.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

234 Calories
6g Fat
28g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 234
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 485mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 17.1mg 86%
Calcium 83mg 6%
Iron 1.9mg 11%
Potassium 447mg 10%
Folate, total 15.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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