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Cheesy Baked Gnocchi with Bacon

December 14, 2017 (Last Updated: September 26, 2022) by Chris Collins

Cheesy Baked Gnocchi with Bacon is the ultimate Saturday night dinner for two. This delicious gnocchi is served in a tomato cream sauce and couldn’t be easier to make!

Oh gnocchi, how I love thee. Soft pillows of comfort, how could you not fall in love? There are a million and one things to do with gnocchi, but today we’re going to stir it through a creamy tomato sauce, plonk in some crispy bacon and bake it in the oven. Sound good? Follow me…

baked gnocchi served up with wine glass and candle blurred in background

Gnocchi in Tomato Cream Sauce

The cream in the tomato sauce isn’t just to load in more calories, I promise 🤣. It works perfectly in this sauce as it cuts through the acidity of the tomatoes. The result is a rich, luxurious sauce that is seriously to die for.

Smoky Tomato Sauce

One of the key components of this sauce is the gorgeous smoky tones it offers. This comes from two ingredients: smoked bacon and smoked paprika. If you’ve only got regular bacon that’s fine, but definitely remember the smoked paprika. It’s subtle, but it really enhances the flavours of the bacon.

Simmering the sauce

Important to simmer the sauce for 12-15mins. This will not only thicken the sauce, but it’ll also marry all the flavours together before it goes into the oven.

Process shots: fry bacon (photo 1), fry onion and garlic (photo 2), stir in passata and cream (photo 3), add parsley, basil, smoked paprika, sugar, salt & pepper then simmer (photo 4), add cooked gnocchi (photo 5), stir to combine (photo 6).

6 step by step photos showing how to make creamy tomato gnocchi

Cheesy Baked Gnocchi

Boiling the Gnocchi

Before you stir the gnocchi through the sauce, you’ll want to give it a quick boil. The aim of the game is to JUST about cook the gnocchi. Literally, just 1 minute will do the trick. This will remove some starch, but it won’t boil the gnocchi right through. The gnocchi will continue cooking in the oven.

Right, creamy tomato gnocchi done. And realistically you could leave it there. BUT, well, isn’t everything better baked in cheese?

What kind of Cheese to use?

I like to add mozzarella in the middle, and cheddar on top. Adding a layer of mozzarella in the centre of the gnocchi will give you that epic cheese pull and help turn the sauce nice and gooey, whilst the cheddar crisps up beautifully on top and adds a punch of flavour.

Process shots: add half of the gnocchi to a baking dish (photo 1), top with mozzarella (photo 2), add the rest (photo 3), top with cheddar and bake (photo 4).

4 step by step photos showing how to make baked gnocchi

Serving Baked Gnocchi

This baked gnocchi has to be one of the ultimate easy Dinner Date Recipes for two. Ridiculously quick and easy to cook, but most importantly it’s so comforting and hearty in whichever way you choose to serve it. In excess, it certainly fills the criteria of ‘food coma of self-loathing and regret’ which is fab. Always perfect for date night 🤣

What to serve with baked gnocchi?

When it comes to what to have it with (oh yes, there’s more) apart from an entire bottle of red wine, because every date night dinner needs excessive amounts of wine, we’ll always go for a side salad and Garlic Bread.

If you are going for a side salad I do recommend checking out my Homemade Balsamic Glaze. Not only do I drizzle this stuff on literally everything, but in this case, it actually pairs really well with the gnocchi. Baked Gnocchi with Bacon as you’ve probably worked out is quite rich. Adding a side salad with a drizzle of balsamic glaze will balance that out neatly with a hint of acidity and sweetness. In this instance we just went for some rocket (arugula), sliced olives and extra virgin olive oil.

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this cheesy bacon gnocchi bake shall we?!

date night gnocchi with serving spoon digging in fresh out the oven

How to make Baked Gnocchi with Bacon (Full Recipe & Video)

Date Night Baked Gnocchi with Bacon

Cheesy Baked Gnocchi with Bacon

Date Night Baked Gnocchi with Bacon is the ultimate Saturday night dinner for two. This delicious cheesy gnocchi bake couldn't be easier to make!
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Servings (click & slide): 2 very hungry people
Course: Dinner / Main Course
Cuisine: date night dinner / Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Calories per serving: 971kcal
Cost per serving: £5 / $6.50


  • 12" Skillet & Wooden Spoon
  • Large Pot & Colander
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Small Baking Dish
  • Serving Spoon
  • Cheese Grater

Ingredients (check list):

  • 1lb / 500g Fresh Gnocchi
  • 2 cups / 500ml Tomato Passata (pureed/strained Tomatoes)
  • 1/4 cup / 60ml Double/Heavy Cream, at room temp
  • 2.5oz / 75g Mozzarella
  • 2.5oz / 75g Cheddar Cheese, or as needed to cover the top
  • 4-5 rashers Smoked Streaky Bacon, chopped
  • 1 small/medium White Onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp finely diced Fresh Parsley (can save a pinch extra to garnish)
  • 1 tbsp finely diced Fresh Basil (can save a pinch extra to garnish)
  • 1/2 tsp EACH: Smoked Paprika, Sugar
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste


  • In a pan over low-medium heat fry bacon until crispy with the fat rendered. Increase heat slightly to medium and add onion. Fry until soft and golden, then add garlic and fry for another 1-2mins.
  • Pour in the tomato passata and swill out the carton/jar with a splash of water. Stir through the cream until fully blended. Add basil, parsley, smoked paprika, sugar and salt & pepper to taste. Turn heat to low and simmer for 12-15mins until the sauce thickens. Pre heat oven to 200C/400F
  • Just before the sauce has finished simmering, add gnocchi to salted boiling water and boil for 1 minute. Immediately drain, then stir into the sauce.
  • Add half the gnocchi to a small baking dish, cover with mozzarella then add the rest of the gnocchi. Top with cheddar, then bake in the oven for around 15-20mins, or until golden and crispy on top and bubbling in the centre. 
  • Serve with an extra sprinkle of leftover herbs then tuck in and enjoy!

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Gnocchi - The aim of the game is to JUST about cook the gnocchi. Whatever it says on your packet instruction take 1 minute off. You want to release some starch so it doesn't go too gloopy in the oven, but you don't want to completely cook the gnocchi and cook it further in the oven as it will be too soft.
b) Pasta - You can sub pasta instead of gnocchi, just use 7oz/200g instead (penne works great).
c) Dried Herbs - Definitely opt for fresh, dried herbs won't have enough time to infuse into the sauce. If you've only got dried just 1 tsp of each and don't use any to garnish.
d) Updated Recipe 2022 - I have revamped the recipe from 2017 for extra deliciousness. It's basically the same with a few adjustments. Mainly the removal of cherry tomatoes, although you could still add them if you'd like. Minor adjustments are: double the garlic, half the smoked paprika, a little less mozzarella and placed in the centre instead of stirred through and a dash of sugar to balance out the tomatoes. Also allowing time to simmer the sauce to marry the flavours and thicken it.
e) Serving - Will feed 2 very hungry people by itself, or 3-4 with a side (i.e Garlic Bread)
f) Calories - Whole recipe divided by 2 with no sides.

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Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Baked Gnocchi with Bacon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 971 Calories from Fat 618
% Daily Value*
Fat 68.69g106%
Saturated Fat 27.249g136%
Trans Fat 0.418g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.149g
Monounsaturated Fat 12.194g
Cholesterol 141mg47%
Sodium 1409mg59%
Potassium 1389mg40%
Carbohydrates 58.64g20%
Fiber 6.6g26%
Sugar 14.02g16%
Protein 32.85g66%
Vitamin A 4162IU83%
Vitamin C 46.5mg56%
Calcium 537mg54%
Iron 3.18mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    June 8, 2019 at 12:54 am

    I tried making this. Turned out incredible! Thank you 🙂

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 8, 2019 at 12:43 pm

      That’s awesome to hear! Thanks for coming back and letting me know 🙂

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    Agness of Run Agness Run
    December 19, 2017 at 10:34 am

    This seems like a truly appetizing dish, Chris. A prefect combination of some of my favourite ingredients. What kind of onion do you use?

    • Reply
      December 19, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Definitely one of my favs! Here I use white onion. Thanks for reminding me to put that in the recipe!! 🙂

  • Reply
    December 15, 2017 at 5:04 am

    5 stars
    I love Gnocchi and adding bacon is like the cherry……no wait, the bacon on top!

    • Reply
      December 15, 2017 at 11:59 am

      Haha love it!!

  • Reply
    colleen kennedy
    December 15, 2017 at 3:49 am

    Yesssss! This is perfect for date night or any night in my book! Yummo!

    • Reply
      December 15, 2017 at 11:58 am

      You’re so right, any night as an excuse!!

  • Reply
    December 15, 2017 at 2:55 am

    5 stars
    This dish is so calling my name. Looks de-li-ci-OUS..

    • Reply
      December 15, 2017 at 11:58 am

      Thanks, Chichi! 🙂

    • Reply
      September 27, 2020 at 1:48 am

      5 stars
      Made this for dinner tonight. Wow, talk about delicious!!! Thank you for this recipe.

      • Reply
        Chris Collins
        September 27, 2020 at 11:38 am

        That’s awesome to hear! Thanks so much for popping back for a review 🙂

  • Reply
    Haley D. Williams
    December 15, 2017 at 2:13 am

    I seriously have to make this. The gooey cheese looks delish!

    • Reply
      December 15, 2017 at 11:57 am

      Allllllll about the gooey cheese!

  • Reply
    Lisa Bryan
    December 14, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    5 stars
    All that bacon cheesiness looks divine – yum!

    • Reply
      December 15, 2017 at 11:57 am

      Divine is the certainly how it tasted! 🙂