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This Cheesy Baked Gnocchi recipe is about to be high up on that list of loved vegetarian family meals. Affordable, ready in 30 minutes, very little effort, super tasty = winner!

Easy Baked Gnocchi recipe with Parmesan and Broccoli

This Cheesy Baked Gnocchi recipe is a complete meal, all cooked in one pan. Just what we love. (In fact, I’ve written a whole book of One Pot Recipes – I love them that much!)

Here’s how this one works:

➡️ Roast the veggies

➡️ Add gnocchi and roast a bit more

➡️ Pour over instant sauce and bake

Boom! That’s it. This is so adaptable. Swap out the broccoli for something else, add in some meat or other protein if you fancy. But either way, don’t forget the cheese.

Why You’ll Love this Gnocchi Pasta Bake

⭐️ A veggie, creamy treat

⭐️ Hands-off and quick

⭐️ Vegetables yes, but also… cheeeeesy!

Cheesy Baked Gnocchi recipe with broccoli

How we came up with this recipe

If you’re new to gnocchi (and if you are – please also try my Chorizo Gnocchi Pan-Fry because it’s divine), these little blobs of happiness are pronounced noh-kee.

They’re a Italian soft, dumpling-style pasta that’s made with a dough that usually includes potato, semolina or plain wheat flour, and egg.

They work really well with plenty of sauce, and you can cook it separately or, like this recipe, you can throw it in with the sauce to cook.

In testing this recipe, we started off with a cream based sauce but felt that it was a little heavy and rich for a mid week dinner.

So in our later tests, and this version, we used an instant white sauce cheat type method which I’ve used in a few recipes elsewhere and absolutely love.

The mustard, garlic powder and plenty of Parmesan add flavour and the gnocchi roasts just enough to have a little bite and texture.

Cheesy Baked Gnocchi and Broccoli Ingredients notes

Ingredients to make baked gnocchi, broccoli, parmesan, milk, cornflour, creme fraiche
  • Broccoli – This needs to be cut very small so it cooks quickly enough
  • Onion – You can use fresh or pre-chopped frozen for this, again chop small
  • Gnocchi – I used dried gnocchi but you can use fresh if you prefer
  • Cornflour – NOT regular flour
  • Milk – Semi skimmed or whole is fine
  • Crème fraîche – Regular or half fat is fine
  • Grated Parmesan cheese – Or a vegetarian alternative if you prefer

How To Make this Baked Gnocchi Recipe

How to make baked gnocchi with cheese and broccoli step 1
  1. Roast the broccoli and onion as per the recipe below.
How to make baked gnocchi with cheese and broccoli step 2

2. Add the gnocchi and more oil and return to the oven.

How to make baked gnocchi with cheese and broccoli step 3

3. Mix up the sauce as per the recipe below.

How to make baked gnocchi with cheese and broccoli step 4

4. Pour over, sprinkle on the remaining cheese and bake one last time!


  • Meat – You can add in meat if you’d like to. Bacon lardons would work well. 
  • Veggies – Similarly, add any veggies you think would work here. Perhaps peas or sweetcorn?


In the fridge You can keep this recipe in the fridge for 3 days. Reheat fully by before serving.

You may need a splash of water or an ice cube to loosen up the sauce a bit when reheating.

In the freezer Gnocchi is always at its best when cooked and eaten immediately and can be a bit stodgy and mushy once defrosted. That said, I’d rather eat it like this than waste it, perhaps for a lunch, but ideally, eat leftovers from the fridge.

Top Tip

Broccoli chunks

Chop the broccoli up into similar size pieces as the gnocchi so it cooks quickly and before it burns on the outside.


Do I really not need to boil the gnocchi beforehand?

No! It cooks absolutely fine in the sauce and you don’t want to overcook it as they will become mushy. We want it cooked through but still solid.

Can I make this a vegan gnocchi recipe?

Sure, just use vegan substitutes for the milk, cheese and crème fraîche.

Can I add meat to this Baked Gnocchi Recipe?

Sure. Add cooked meat when you add the sauce.

Is this recipe vegetarian?

The recipe doesn’t contain any meat, but if you don’t eat cheese that contains rennet (ie is not free from meat products) replace it with an alternative that is suitable.

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Cheesy Baked Gnocchi {with Broccoli}

This deliciously creamy Cheesy Gnocchi Bake with Broccoli is indulgent but super simple. Ready in 30 minutes and heavenly.
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 300 g Broccoli , Cut into very small pieces
  • 1 Onion, Peeled and chopped
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 500 g Gnocchi, I used dried
  • 25 g Cornflour
  • 300 ml Milk
  • 300 ml Crème fraîche
  • 75 g Parmesan cheese, Grated
  • 1 tsp Wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tsp Garlic granules
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 200C.
  • Put the broccoli, onion and 1 tbsp of the olive oil, with plenty of salt and pepper, into a shallow roasting tin. Stir to coat with the oil. Roast for 10 minutes.
  • Add the gnocchi, the remaining oil and stir well. Return to the oven for 10 minutes.
  • While it’s in the oven, mix the cornflour with just enough of the milk to make a smooth paste in a small bowl. Then stir in the crème fraîche and whisk until smooth. Add the rest of the milk and whisk again until smooth.
  • Add two thirds of the parmesan, the mustard, garlic granules and more salt and pepper.
  • Add the creme fraiche mixture to the roasted gnocchi, stir through and sprinkle the remaining Parmesan on top. Bake for a further 10 minutes.


Broccoli chunks: Chop the broccoli up into similar size pieces as the gnocchi so it cooks quickly and before it burns on the outside.


Calories: 550kcalCarbohydrates: 66gProtein: 19gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 872mgPotassium: 435mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 774IUVitamin C: 69mgCalcium: 393mgIron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
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  1. This was very tasty. However, the onion definitely needed precooking because it was still crunchy by the time the rest of the dish was cooked

  2. 5 stars
    Amazing. I add cooked smoked pancetta when I add the sauce and serve it with balsamic oven roasted fine beans and asparagus. Thursday nights are my night to cook for our family and I choose a different recipe from Taming Twins every time. Thank you for making me the culinary goddess I knew I was 😂

  3. 5 stars
    Brilliant after work , quick meal
    Gorgeous tastes
    I did dry pan fry the gnocchi before adding
    Highly recommended

  4. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight. Delicious and very easy. I’ll add peas next time or cook some garlic bread to mop up excess sauce 😍

  5. Cannot wait to try this, but have a question, could I use garlic powder in place of the granules. Many thanks for all your great recipes. You do all the hard work for us.