Try this tender baked gnocchi pasta with crispy fried bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, and melted mozzarella cheese.
This baked gnocchi is one of those really comforting dishes that you want to cozy up to after a cold rainy day. In addition to gnocchi, this dish includes minced garlic, chopped sun-dried tomatoes that imparts a nicely tart flavor, and a crushed tomato sauce thickened with a bit of cream. Lastly, it’s topped with thinly sliced mozzarella cheese and scallions. Since the gnocchi is very soft and tender, the crispy crumbled bacon adds a welcome crunch to every bite.
I love cooking with gnocchi. It’s very simple — just toss gnocchi in boiling water and it’ll float up when it’s done in about a few minutes. I’ve used it in a number of my recipes and I’ve also made homemade sweet potato gnocchi with just two ingredients. Earlier this year I made a gnocchi arrabbiata with bacon and sun-dried tomatoes, all cooked stovetop, and it inspired me to develop this baked gnocchi recipe. They have many similar ingredients: bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, scallions, and heavy cream. Key differences are that this baked gnocchi is much more tender and soft, and not at all spicy.
Overall, the flavor of this baked gnocchi is mild enough that you can add your favorite spices and herbs to make it your own. This can include oregano, paprika, red pepper powder, or more bacon and garlic (can’t ever go wrong with that). You can also substitute with your favorite type of cheese. I chose mozzarella for its stretchiness, but parmesan or cheddar would work excellently as well.
Watch this video on how to make this recipe:
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