Baked Gnocchi with Arugula, Cherry Tomatoes and Bocconcini

Baked Gnocchi with Cherry Tomatoes and Bocconcini

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: easy recipe using gnocchi, gnocchi recipes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Energy: 281 kcal
Author: Jennifer
This dish comes together quickly, so it's perfect for a weeknight meal that everyone will love. You can use arugula or spinach, as you like. If you can't find canned cherry tomatoes, you can use diced. Be sure to taste often and add salt and pepper, as needed, to really bring out the flavours.


  • 500 g gnocchi 16 oz. frozen, fresh or shelf-stable
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 400 g canned cherry tomatoes 14oz, with juice
  • 2 handfuls fresh baby arugula or baby spinach
  • 12 bocconcini balls large cherry sized
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, in a saute pan over medium heat, melt butter. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until softened. Add can of cherry tomatoes, with juice. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and allow to simmer. Stir gently to avoid breaking up cherry tomatoes. Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed.
  2. When water is boiling, add 1 tsp. of salt. Cook gnocchi according to package instructions.
  3. Preheat oven to 350° F. and place individual baking dishes (or one large baking dish) on to a baking sheet. Set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, add arugula or spinach. When gnocchi is cooked, drain and pour over arugula in bowl. Stir to combine (heat from gnocchi will wilt arugula). Add a bit of salt and pepper and stir to combine. Pour tomato sauce with tomatoes over top and stir gently to combine. Add bocconcini and stir.
  5. Spoon mixture into prepared dish or dishes, ensuring that each one gets 3-4 bocconcini. Top with a bit of freshly grated Parmesan. Put baking sheet with baking dishes in to oven for 15-20 minutes, until bocconcini is melted and sauce is bubbling.

Recipe Notes

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