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Gnocchi bake served in a bowl.

Gnocchi Bolognese Bake

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  • Author: Caitlin Rule
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian


One-pan gnocchi bolognese bake, packed with hidden vegetables and meat, topped with melted mozzarella cheese, creating the ultimate family-friendly weeknight meal.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, chopped
  • 500g/ 1 lb extra lean beef mince
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 2 zucchinis, grated
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Italian mixed herbs
  • 150g bag baby spinach
  • 500g fresh potato gnocchi
  • 2 x 400g (14oz) Finely Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 cup (100g) coarsely-grated mozzarella


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 400°F and position the rack in the top third of the oven.
  2. In a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and sauté the chopped onions for one minute.
  3. Add the beef mince and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spatula as needed.
  4. Stir in the tomato paste for a beautiful rich flavor along with the zucchini, carrot, garlic, Italian mixed herbs, salt, and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes until the vegetables are slightly softened.
  5. Add the baby spinach, potato gnocchi, and tomatoes. Give it a good stir, and once it starts to bubble, turn off the heat.
  6. Top the mixture evenly with the grated mozzarella and cover the skillet with a lid or aluminum foil.
  7. Bake the dish, covered, for 20 minutes or until the gnocchi is tender and the cheese is lightly golden.
  8. Once finished, sprinkle with fresh basil and serve it warm.


  • Fridge: Store leftover baked gnocchi Bolognese in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Freeze: Transfer leftovers to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 2-3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating in the oven or microwave.