Gnocchi alla sorrentina is a traditional Italian comfort dish that’s easy to make and incredibly delicious! It has all of the elements that create a perfect Italian entree – a good amount of garlic, robust tomato sauce, Italian seasonings and melted cheese. Try it for dinner tonight!

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Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina

I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who doesn’t love gnocchi. I mean, they’re soft pasta pillows made of potatoes… it’s pretty impossible not to love that! Whenever I make dishes like baked gnocchi with sausage and spinach or baked gnocchi bolognese skillet, my whole family gets excited for dinner.

That’s why I knew I needed to whip up another mouthwatering gnocchi dish. When you find something that everyone in the house goes crazy for, AND it’s incredibly easy to make, you know you’ve struck gold! Out of all my gnocchi recipes, this is definitely one of my family’s favorites.

I always feel like a classic home chef when I make this recipe, too. Gnocchi alla sorrentina has been around since the 15th century, making it a truly timeless and traditional Italian entree. Made with fresh ingredients and easy to follow steps, I can see how this deeply satisfying meal has only gotten more popular over time!

A square baking pan contains red sauce, gnocchi, white cheese and fresh basil.

How To Make It

The beauty of this Italian dinner is just how simple it is to make! This is a truly easy dinner that won’t take over 30 minutes to whip up. Next time you need a quick dinner that everyone will love, this is the recipe you need to turn to.

Cook the gnocchi. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, then add the gnocchi and cook as directed. Drain and set aside.

Heat up the onions and garlic. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion first and let it cook until it’s softened, then add the garlic. Cook for about a minute more, or until the garlic’s fragrant.

Season. Stir in the Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for about 5 more minutes.

A large metal spoon is lifting a serving of gnocchi out of a pan.

Prepare the dish. Pour half of the sauce in a baking dish and top with the gnocchi. Then, pour the remaining sauce over the gnocchi and arrange the burrata on top of the sauce.

Bake. Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling around the edges.

Serve. Serve immediately with freshly chopped basil, if desired. Enjoy!

A serving of gnocchi alla sorrentina is on a white plate, next to the pan full of gnocchi.
A fork is placed on a plate that's topped with fresh gnocchi and tomato sauce.

What should I serve with gnocchi alla sorrentina?

There are SO many side dishes that would pair deliciously with this flavorful entree! If you want to stay on the fresher side, there are dishes like garlic parmesan baked asparagus, easy oven roasted tomatoes or tomato mozzarella caprese salad that are wonderful to pair with gnocchi alla sorrentina.

Homemade garlic knots are also the perfect crowd pleaser!

How long will it stay fresh?

In an airtight container in the fridge, gnocchi alla sorrentina will stay fresh for up to 4 days. It reheats well in the microwave, but if you have the time to place it in the oven for a few minutes, that’s even better.

You can extend that time by freezing it! This gnocchi dish will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat it, just let it thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating in the oven.

Can I use fresh tomatoes?

That’s totally up to you! Personally, I’ve tried this recipe using both fresh and canned tomatoes, and guess what? I really couldn’t tell a big difference. Canned tomatoes are typically picked fresh from the vine before being canned, and they’re still delicious.

Using the canned option saves a lot of time! Peeling and crushing fresh tomatoes can get a bit messy, too.

Fresh basil garnishes a serving of gnocchi alla sorrentina.

If you’re craving more delicious Italian recipes, then you’ve definitely come to the right place! Here are some of my favorite entrees to pair with a glass of vino.

Italian Sausage Soup with White Beans and Spinach

Chicken Scarpariello

Spicy Chicken Rigatoni

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

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Get the Recipe: Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina

Easy to make Gnocchi alla Sorrentina is a classic baked gnocchi recipe that’s blanketed in a layer of mozzarella. The perfect cozy, comfort food.
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Ingredients

  • 16 oz package gnocchi
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 14.5 ounce can peeled crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 ball Burratta cheese, sliced into 1/2 inch rounds.

Equipment

  • bakiong dish

Instructions 

  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the gnocchi and cook as directed. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute longer.
  • Stir in the Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Pour half the sauce in a baking dish and top with the gnocchi. Pour the remaining sauce over the gnocchi and arrange the burrata on top of the sauce.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling around the edges.
  • Serve immediately with chopped basil, if desired.
Calories: 159kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 543mg, Potassium: 252mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 156IU, Vitamin C: 9mg, Calcium: 54mg, Iron: 4mg