What’s better than a quick and easy pasta dish? I would say not much. So here you have my friends, Baked Gnocchi Double Cheese Tomato Sauce. Cheesy and delicious, pasta night is any night.
A couple of weeks ago I made a White Sauce Baked Gnocchi that has become one of our favourites. Not only is it delicious but really quick and easy to make. And believe me if you have never eaten a Pasta dish with White Sauce now is the time to start. Trust me they are really really good.
So needless to say when you make a white sauce pasta dish you automatically have to have a red sauce dish that is just as good if not better. And this baked gnocchi is just that!
As per usual we are divided on what is our personal favourite. My husband’s favourite hands down is the white sauce gnocchi, of course he prefers White Sauce Lasagna also. My favourite is this Baked Gnocchi Double Cheese Tomato Sauce, I tend to prefer Tomato Sauce baked pastas.
My youngest daughter for this first time in forever actually ate gnocchi and decided “eh this is pretty good”. And if I had to guess I would say my eldest daughter’s favourite would be the white sauce. Am I right? And what is your favourite?
Baked Gnocchi Double Cheese Tomato Sauce
While the water is boiling, I made a simple tomato sauce with my favourite spices. Cooked it until it thickened, not too much because it then becomes sticky as the Italian says.
Boiled the gnocchi just until they float to the top approximately 30-45 seconds, drained them and then tossed with the thickened tomato sauce.
Top with shredded mozzarella and freshly grated Parmesan cheese baked for 10 minutes and there you have the perfect-cheesy-any-night-of-the-week-dinner-dish, Baked Gnocchi Double Cheese Tomato Sauce, Buon Appetito!
The perfect Comfort Food Pasta Dish.
- 1 pound Gnocchi (homemade or store-bought my store-bought Gnocchi said cooked in 2 minutes)
- TOMATO SAUCE
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup tomato purée
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon basil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 clove small garlic chopped
- 3/4 - 1 cup shredded firm Mozzarella Fontina or Gruyere cheese
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Pre-heat oven to 425°, lightly oil an 8 x 6 inch baking dish.
In a medium pot, over medium heat add olive oil, garlic, purée, water, oregano,basil, and salt. Stir to combine cook until thickened (not too thick), approximately 15-20 minutes.
While sauce is cooking, boil water and cook gnocchi just until the float to the surface, approximately 30 seconds, drain immediately.
When sauce has thickened add gnocchi and toss gently, place in prepared baking pan, top with first shredded Mozzarella and then grated Parmesan cheese. Bake in oven for approximately 5 minutes then broil for another 5 minutes or until cheese has browned, (watch it doesn't burn). Serve immediately. Enjoy!