A twist on traditional pasta bake----this Skillet Baked Cheesy Pumpkin Gnocchi is the epitome of Fall flavors and perfect for the entire family and so easy to whip together! Packed with bold, savory flavors, this one pot recipe is the best easy meal option that is made with soft potato gnocchi, chopped kale, roasted tomatoes (optional), herbs + seasonings, grated parmesan, shredded mozzarella cheese, and topped with generous amounts of additional Mozzarella cheese and breadcrumbs. Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, + Make ahead options.
There's just something like a delicious one pot meal that brings everyone together and gets pulled together easily and quickly! This Skillet Baked Cheesy Pumpkin Gnocchi is no different! It's ooey, gooey, creamy center that is filled with a nice bite from the roasted tomatoes (if you choose to use it) and chopped kale, makes this one for the books. Plus, it's such a great family-friendly activity to do especially during the cooler months for a nice cozy vibe! Get your pumpkin spice + pie fix with this extremely delicious Easy Pumpkin Pie Iced Latte!
Honestly, you all absolutely LOVED my Garlic Chicken Broccoli Gnocchi, so I felt like I needed to make a Fall inspired version to enjoy like this one. However, as we soon head into even cooler months, you'll want to give this Creamy Garlic Chicken Gnocchi Soup, Creamy Lemon Pesto Gnocchi with Broccoli, Weeknight Broccoli Pesto Gnocchi + Chickpeas, Weeknight Jamaican Curry Chicken + Gnocchi, and of course one of the most popular gnocchi dishes on this site----Creamy Tuscan 'Marry Me' Chicken a try, especially to bring on all the comfort.
Overall, this pumpkin gnocchi dish is definitely comfort food in a bowl, includes simple steps, and can totally be personalized based on preference----i.e. sub with dairy-free products or eat with or without meat by subbing things like mushrooms, tofu, cauliflower, chicken, etc. as well as using sweet potato or butternut squash instead of pumpkin.
Basically, baked gnocchi is a dish that often contains a level of sauce and ingredients that are then baked together with gnocchi for a nice pillowy gnocchi that is surrounded by bubbling pools of sauce and topped with gooey cheese.
Gnocchi are basically Italian dumplings made with flour, eggs, and potatoes---unless they are egg-free like this one that I purchased from Delallo foods. When it comes to making your own gnocchi, the process is done is fairly a few steps. It starts with boiling and mashing the potatoes, combining the ingredients together and kneading them into a ball, shaping the dough, cutting them into pieces, and boiling and draining the gnocchi. For a great recipe, check out AllRecipes.com.
Gnocchi is the plural of gnocco, an Italian variety of dumpling that has been around since Roman times. Other common additions include semolina, formaggio (cheese), ricotta, spinach and polenta. In terms of how to say it----it's pronounced nyow·kee.
To make this creamy baked pumpkin gnocchi, you'll start by roasting your tomatoes (if you decide to use them) if you haven't already. Then to finish everything, you'll need a medium skillet on the stove to sauté the garlic followed by the pumpkin puree and seasonings. Then you slowly whisk in the wet ingredients and stir in the kale, roasted tomatoes, gnocchi, along with the parmesan + mozzarella. Let it simmer a bit more, top with the cheese + breadcrumbs, bake to perfection, and wallah! Nice, creamy results with that gooey topping we all love!
Here's what you need to make this Skillet Baked Cheesy Pumpkin Gnocchi Recipe at home:
If you're thinking about making your own pumpkin puree instead of using a store-bought canned version, then you'll be happy to know that it is rather simple:
It must be noted that this recipe (and most sweet or savory pumpkin recipes) calls for 100% pumpkin puree, NOT pumpkin pie filling! Pumpkin pie filling is quite literally the sweet pumpkin custard that you find in traditional pumpkin pie. It already contains sugar, cinnamon, clove, and other ingredients that make a pie filling.
Adding pumpkin pie filling to a dish that calls for 100% pumpkin puree will add an un-welcomed sweetness, essentially ruining the dish. Even if you are unsure of what type of pumpkin a recipe is calling for, go for the 100% pumpkin puree.
It’s all about the seasoning! Whether you choose to keep things simple or a bit more complex, adding herbs + seasoning to your sauce is KEY! Adding flavor to the base of your sauce with garlic and seasonings will add more depth to your creamy pasta and allow everything else to marry together well.
While I love this Skillet Baked Cheesy Pumpkin Gnocchi dinner as-is, straight from the pan, you can dress it up with toppings if you like.
I usually just add kale, but for extra spice, color and texture, you can try:
If you discover a new favorite topping idea, be sure to let me know in the comments section below!
While this Skillet Baked Cheesy Pumpkin Gnocchi is perfect as is---I definitely wanted to give options for those of you who don't eat meat or just might make this dish more than once and want to switch things up with a "meatier" meatless option from time to time! Here are a few great ingredients that you can substitute in this creamy gnocchi dish.
Other ingredient ideas include:
Like many pasta dishes, this recipe can be easily enjoyed with a delicious salad of some sort. Then of course, there are warm salads like Roasted Eggplants, Grilled Zucchini, other Roasted Veggies, homemade Garlic Bread, etc.
Lastly, you can serve a platter of cooked veggies such as sautéed broccolini or asparagus or switch things up with one of the following:
Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. To re-heat, simply heat in the oven for the best results or microwave for a minute or two until heated through.
Absolutely! To make this sauce dairy-free, simply use vegan butter instead of the regular butter. Then swap the cream with full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream. And use your favorite dairy-free shredded cheese or nutritional yeast instead of parmesan and mozzarella.
You can totally use your fave greens like Brussels sprouts, spinach, collard greens, asparagus, broccoli, etc. for a nice twist! When it comes to vegetables, there are so many benefits as we all know. While some veggies pack a greater punch when it comes to nutrients, we’ve curated a special list of our Our Top 12 Favorite Healthy Green Leafy Vegetables! Most of these are super popular while others are under utilized in many dishes. Lettuce Eat, Shall We?
Yes! For a gluten-free option, just be sure that the gnocchi is GF-friendly as well as the cream, breadcrumbs, and stock.
Of course! Cook the gnocchi ahead of time and let it cool completely before storing in an air-tight refrigerator for 3-5 days. Prep kale and chop, storing it in an airtight container overnight. Also, roast your tomatoes and make breadcrumbs (if using homemade) 2-3 days prior and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use. On the day of, remove everything to room temp., about 15-20 minutes and continue with making the creamy pumpkin sauce and then the assemble STEPS before baking everything together.
Of course! You can use long pastas like Pappardelle, Fettuccine, etc. however, I would recommend tossing with tongs to ensure that pasta is fully manageable and fully coated. Otherwise, other pastas such as Penne, Rigatoni, Paccheri, Orecchiette, etc. are perfect to bake as well.
While many people might argue that you need to cook the gnocchi prior to adding it to your sauce, I don't agree when it comes to this recipe. Of course, if it's a pasta dish that takes longer to cook (hence going in the oven to bake), then I recommend adding your gnocchi uncooked when tossing in the sauce prior to baking. Therefore, the gnocchi will be fully cooked through as it bakes. However, for quicker pasta dishes that only require a quick toss in the sauce, it's best to boil your gnocchi first.
Basically, gnocchi are a type of pasta consisting of soft, fat and chewy dumplings. Traditionally, it's made of semolina or plain wheat flour, egg, and mashed potato.
Now that you're on a pumpkin flavor kick with this baked gnocchi recipe, give these recipes that your entire family will love a try next:
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