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    The 20 BEST Sauces for Gnocchi

    Are you looking for an easy way to cook some fantastic meal for your family? Look no further than these delicious Sauces for Gnocchi!

    From classic Italian classics like pesto, Puttanesca, creamy Alfredo, and Bolognese, to very interesting ideas like Rasta sauce, Taco sauce recipes that foes so well with tender gnocchi. Try all our beautiful combinations for easy weeknight dinner ideas.

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    Sauces for Gnocchi

    1. Bolognese Sauce

    bolognese sauce

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    2. Vodka Sauce

    vodka sauce

    Vodka sauce is a tomato based sauce that gets enhanced with cream, red chili flakes, and a touch of vodka.

    It goes great with a variety of pasta shapes, and goes especially great with gnocchi.

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    3. Pesto Sauce

    pesto sauce

    Pesto! This classic sauce from Genoa is an Italian classic. It’s a blend of the freshness of basil, the pungency of garlic, the buttery nuttiness of pine nuts, and of course some nice olive oil.

    This wonderful sauce will make you fall in love with Italian food all over again!

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    4. Cheesy Ham Sauce

    ham and cheese gnocchi

    This Ham and Cheese Gnocchi Skillet is a super easy one pan meal that is absolute comfort food.

    It’s a great use for leftover ham, and it only takes a few simple ingredients to make this magic happen.

    Best of all, it can be on the table in about 20 minutes. Sounds like a winner to me!

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    5. Marinara Sauce

    homemade marinara in two mason jars with fresh basil and oregano next to them

    Spaghetti and meatballs… Lasagna… Eggplant Parmesan… Manicotti… Chicken Parm… What do these Italian delights have in common? Marinara sauce!!!

    Once you make your own. you’ll never go back to store bought!

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    6. Rasta Sauce

    rasta pasta

    Hey mon, take your pasta to the Caribbean with this tasty Rasta Sauce! It’s a popular Jamaican sauce that uses heavy cream, parmesan, mozzarella cheese, and awesome Caribbean seasonings.

    When you want to go beyond Italian, this one is a real winner!

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    7. Fra Diavolo

    fra diavolo sauce

    This one is for spice lovers! Well, it’s literally in the name. Fra Diavolo translates to “brother devil” in Italian, earning its name due to the kick it gets from red chili flakes.

    This one commonly includes shrimp or other seafood.

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    8. Alfredo Sauce

    alfredo sauce

    Alfredo is surely one of the most popular pasta sauces, and for good reason!

    The simple combination of butter, cream and cheese is as delectable as it is simple. It’s commonly eaten with fettuccine or short pasta, and forms the base for some of the later items on this list.

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    9. Creamy Sausage Sauce

    creamy sausage sauce

    Enjoy this comforting, Creamy Sausage Sauce recipe with Italian sausage and your favorite pasta smothered in a decadent garlic, spinach and parmesan sauce.

    This 20 minutes restaurant quality dinner is going to be an instant family favorite. It goes with a variety of pastas, but we love it with gnocchi.

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    10. Lamb Ragu

    lamb ragu

    Ragu is a rich, thick meat sauce enhanced by tomatoes, red wine and herbs.

    It’s a hearty sauce that goes with a variety of pasta shapes. This is one that is best when cooked a long time.

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    11. Puttanesca Sauce

    puttanesca sauce

    How about a restaurant quality Italian dinner on the table in about 25 minutes? Well that’s our Puttanesca Sauce recipe!

    It’s light, yet boldly flavored with garlic, anchovies, olives and capers. Easy enough for a busy weeknight, puttanesca is also company worthy.

    Toss it with gnocchi for a great Italian dinner!

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    12. Creamy Ground Chicken Sauce

    creamy ground chicken pasta

    This Creamy Ground Chicken Sauce is so comforting! It will be on your dinner table all week long!

    It is incredibly easy to make and has a ton of flavor, so it’s perfect for weeknight dinners.

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    13. Spicy Sausage Sauce

    spicy sausage sauce

    A bowlful of Spicy Sausage Gnocchi is what cozy nights are meant to be. Adding a crusty piece of bread with a glass of red is just an extra bonus.

    Make it when your heart craves for something easy, yet tantalizing.

    This easy dish is perfect for a quick dinner for busy weeknights, but equally wow worthy if you’re looking for a company meal…

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    14. Pastalaya Sauce

    pastalaya sauce

    Jambalaya Pasta, aka Pastalaya, is a super tasty dish featuring shrimp, chicken and sausage smothered in a creamy, cheesy sauce full of Louisiana flavors.

    It’s typically served with pasta, but we love it with gnocchi too!

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    15. Spaghetti Meat Sauce

    If you want a quicker spin on bolognese or ragu, try this basic meat sauce!

    This recipe is super meaty and saucy at the same time. It pairs great with gnocchi, or any of your favorite pasta shapes.

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    16. Creamy Taco Sauce

    creamy taco sauce

    Taco Gnocchi!! Now that’s a taco lover’s sweet dream. All your favorite taco flavors get cheesy and creamy, mixed in with hearty gnocchi. How cool!!

    Believe me, this dish is hands down irresistible. It has bold homemade taco seasoning that’s needed for the zest in the creamy, cheesy pasta sauce. Make this Tex-Mex style fusion tonight for that major comfort food fix.

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    17. Cajun Chicken Sauce

    cajun chicken sauce

    Looking for recipe that is straight out of restaurant menu, and is a breeze to make on busy weeknights? This Cajun Chicken Pasta is your answer!

    Tender chicken pieces in a creamy, cheesy sauce with the right kind of Cajun smoky heat, along with any of your favorite pasta shapes or gnocchi.

    Here, my friends, is a meal you are going to get a lot of compliments for.

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    18. Eggplant Sauce

    eggplant sauce

    Pasta alla Norma is a famous Sicilian dish with a chunky, herb infused eggplant and tomato sauce. And it’s just too good!

    It’s a light, meatless pasta meal, yet the firm, buttery eggplant gives it a heartiness that will keep your appetite satisfied.

    Swap out the pasta for gnocchi, and you’re in for a winner meal!

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    19. Al Forno Sauce

    tortellini al forno

    This Forno recipe is inspired by the popular Olive Garden dish. Plump, tender tortellini (or gnocchi) smothered in an amazing creamy sauce that’s enhanced by bacon and a variety of cheeses.

    We decided to add some veggie power to the original dish, in the form of spinach and mushrooms, plus we’ll share some other great variation ideas.

    This is a great easy dinner idea for you to cook up any night of the week!

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    20. Spicy Vodka Sauce

    spicy vodka sauce

    This creamy, cheesy and spicy twist on regular vodka sauce is a total hit!

    Serve it with gnocchi or any short pasta shapes for a company worthy dish that’s ready in no time.

    It’s one of our favorite sauces for gnocchi!

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    So there you go, twenty great sauces for gnocchi. Which one will you try first?

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    20 BEST Sauces for Gnocchi

    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 20 minutes

    This collection of Sauces for Gnocchi has something to please every palate, including classics like bolognese and pesto.


    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 2 cups diced ham, diced into 1/2 inch cubes
    • 1 cup frozen peas
    • 16 oz gnocchi
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream
    • 1.5 cups water
    • 1 tsp dried thyme
    • 1/4 cup fresh basil, cut into strips
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


    1. Preheat the broiler on your oven.
    2. Heat oil in an oven safe skillet over medium high heat. Add in diced ham and sauté, turning from time to time, until it start to caramelize, about 5 minutes.
    3. Add peas, gnocchi, water, cream and herbs. Simmer until gnocchi is tender, about 5 minutes.
    4. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste (the ham adds a lot of salt, so you might not need any additional).
    5. Sprinkle shredded cheeses atop the gnocchi mixture. Broil until cheese is melty and starting to turn golden brown. This time will vary depending on the strength of your broiler, check on it after 2 minutes.

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