Gnocchi with spinach and red pepper sauce with a piece of cheesy garlic bread on a round plate with a bamboo tray of garlic bread behind next to a white and brown towel all on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Gnocchi with Spinach and Red Pepper Sauce

Cook up some gnocchi with spinach to enjoy with an easy homemade red pepper sauce. It has many health benefits and is a delicious meal.

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Gnocchi are little pillows of potato deliciousness! I just love gnocchi and I’ll eat them in almost any way. We have tried a few different types of recipes with them including chicken and gnocchi soup and sauteed in a pan for crispy gnocchi.

This time, I boiled them and made a sauce to put over the gnocchi. It’s similar to making a regular pasta meal, only using gnocchi instead of noodles. Then I prepared a sauce from red peppers to put over the gnocchi.

The red pepper sauce has a bit of tang to it and pairs well with the cooked spinach that gets mixed in with the gnocchi.

Since you are already using cheese, and there’s a sauce to dip it in, I served our gnocchi with spinach and red pepper sauce with a side of homemade cheesy garlic bread.

Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 16 oz gnocchi
  • 5 oz spinach leaves
  • 6 tbsp Manchego cheese, shredded
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 oz roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 5 grape tomatoes
  • 2 slices French bread, torn
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

Preparation

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a large stockpot. Boil the gnocchi for about 2-3 minutes, until they float.

Gnocchi in a pot of boiling water

Drain the gnocchi and return them to the pan. Reduce to medium heat and add the spinach, 4 tbsp of cheese, and 1 tbsp of olive oil.

Spinach and shredded cheese in a lark stockpot on a wooden surface

Cover and let stand until the spinach wilts slightly, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and gently stir to combine.

Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, pulse the red peppers, grape tomatoes, french bread, white wine vinegar, garlic, paprika, crushed red pepper, and the remaining 2 tbsp of oil until smooth.

Red pepper sauce in a stainless steel bowl on a wooden surface

Divide the gnocchi among 4 serving bowls and top evenly with the sauce and remaining cheese.

Gnocchi with spinach and red pepper sauce with a piece of cheesy garlic bread on a round plate with a bamboo tray of garlic bread behind next to a white and brown towel all on a wooden surface (vertical)

Leftovers

In my opinion, gnocchi doesn’t keep well for very long. The longest I will keep it is up to about 24 hours later. Store the gnocchi separate from the red pepper sauce in the refrigerator. Reheat the gnocchi with spinach and red pepper sauce in a skillet until warmed through.

Recipe

Originally Published On: June 2, 2021

Gnocchi with spinach and red pepper sauce with a piece of cheesy garlic bread on a round plate with a bamboo tray of garlic bread behind next to a white and brown towel all on a wooden surface

Gnocchi with Spinach and Red Pepper Sauce

Cook up some gnocchi with spinach to enjoy with an easy homemade red pepper sauce. It has many health benefits and is a delicious meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course:
Main Dish
Cuisine:
American
Keyword:
gnocchi
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red peppers
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sauce
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spinach
Dietary Needs:
Egg-Free
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Nut-Free
Cooking Method:
One-Pan Meals
Servings: 4
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 16 oz gnocchi
  • 5 oz spinach leaves
  • 6 tbsp Manchego cheese (shredded)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 oz roasted red peppers (chopped)
  • 5 grape tomatoes
  • 2 slices French bread (torn)
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

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Instructions

  • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a large stockpot
  • Boil the gnocchi for about 2-3 minutes, until they float
  • Drain the gnocchi and return them to the pan
  • Reduce to medium heat and add the spinach, 4 tbsp of cheese, and 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • Cover and let stand until the spinach wilts slightly, about 2-3 minutes
  • Remove from the heat and gently stir to combine
  • Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, pulse the red peppers, grape tomatoes, french bread, white wine vinegar, garlic, paprika, crushed red pepper, and remaining 2 tbsp of oil until smooth
  • Divide the gnocchi among 4 serving bowls and top evenly with the sauce and remaining cheese
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Nutrition Facts
Gnocchi with Spinach and Red Pepper Sauce
Amount Per Serving (0.75 cups)
Calories 485 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 1115mg46%
Potassium 345mg10%
Carbohydrates 62g21%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 3930IU79%
Vitamin C 26mg32%
Calcium 333mg33%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Gnocchi with Spinach and Red Pepper Sauce FAQs

What are gnocchi?

Gnocchi are a type of dumpling originating from Italy. They are made from potatoes and a few other ingredients.
Src: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnocchi

Where do I purchase gnocchi?

You can find gnocchi near the pasta in your local grocery store. I often find it up on the top shelf or on the bottom shelf.

Are red peppers healthy?

There are a lot of health benefits to red peppers. They are packed with vitamins that will help your immune system, vision, and skin among other benefits.
Src: https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-red-pepper#1

10 thoughts on “Gnocchi with Spinach and Red Pepper Sauce”

  1. We love gnocchi. We buy this cheese/tomato-flavoured one that we just need to fry. Would love to try their plain ones; perfect for this recipe!

  2. Wow… I’ve gnocchi at home and was looking for some inspiration to serve it. I love the idea of homemade sauce and didn’t realize that I could make chicken soup as well with it.

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