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rich marinara, fresh mozzarella, and gnocchi are the ultimate comfort food combo in this one-pot dish! and it's complete with wine pairings! cheesy baked gnocchi with wine pairings | a flavor journal food blog
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5 from 15 votes

Sausage & Bacon Cheesy Baked Gnocchi

rich marinara, fresh mozzarella, and gnocchi are the ultimate comfort food combo in this one-pot dish! and it's complete with wine pairings!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: bacon and sausage gnocchi, bacon, sausage, marinara baked gnocchi, cheesy baked gnocchi, cheesy gnocchi, gnocchi bake
Servings: 6 servings
Author: A Flavor Journal

Ingredients

  • 3 slices thick cut bacon cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 8 ounces Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 24 ounce jar marinara sauce
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • salt + pepper
  • 16 ounces miniature gnocchi
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cut into small pieces
  • 8 ounces shredded Italian cheese blend
  • fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Set a large cast iron pan over medium heat.  Add chopped bacon, and cook until almost dark brown and crispy, about 7-8 minutes.
  • Add quartered cherry tomatoes, season with a pinch of salt and pepper, and cook until softened, about 3 minutes.
  • Add sausage, cook until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  • Add minced garlic, mix into the other ingredients until fragrant, cooking a total of 1-2 minutes.
  • Pour in marinara sauce and add granulated sugar, and mix into other ingredients until thoroughly combined.  Turn the oven to 350 F. Add uncooked gnocchi, and thoroughly mix into the sauce.  Allow the gnocchi to simmer in the sauce as the oven comes up to temperature.
  • Place the pieces of fresh mozzarella across the top of the gnocchi and sauce, evenly distributing them.  Bake the gnocchi and sauce for 10 minutes.  
  • Carefully remove the pan from the oven, and sprinkle the shredded Italian cheese across the surface of the gnocchi and sauce. Turn the oven to high broil, and broil for 2-3 minutes, until cheese is melted and browned.
  • Remove from the oven, and garnish with finely chopped parsley.  Carefully serve hot!