Recipe: Cheesy Gnocchi Bolognaise


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed (optional)
  • 750g (24 oz) lean beef mince or vege mince
  • 600ml (20 fluid ounces) bolognaise sauce
  • 625g (22 oz) packet fresh gnocchi
  • 150g (5.29 oz) cheese, gratedgnocchi


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/Gas mark 6. Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes or until soft. Increase heat to medium-high. Add mince. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up mince, for 5 minutes or until browned.
  2. Add pasta sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until sauce thickens.
  3. Meanwhile, cook gnocchi in a saucepan of boiling, salted water for 3 minutes or until partially cooked (see note). Drain. Spoon bolognaise into a lightly-greased, 6cm deep, 24cm x 30cm (base) baking dish. Top with gnocchi. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and sauce bubbling at edges.AddThis Social Bookmark Button


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7 Comments Add yours

  1. (see note).

    Methinks the note got left out.

    This sounds tasty; I’ll have to give it a go. I’m not sure whether to convert all the units to stupid American ones, or begin my conversion to more sensible units early in preparation for the move down under and just start converting everything else the other way ’round.

    I’ve been ‘sperimenting in the kitchen a bit lately and have been meaning to write some recipes. Maybe it will help to post it both with silly American units and sensible ones as well.

  2. emalyse says:

    Hello jer- I should have added the imperial units and have now updated the recipe as there are still plenty of Brits who still doggedly think in imperial despite us being in the EU. Look forward to some recipes from you soon.

  3. Yep that’s me – doggedly imperial! This recipe sounds rather good actually and could actually be a winner in my house – since the children all love gnocchi and anything cheesey appeals to me. I shall try it when I come back.

    Thanks for the birthday wishes.

  4. I am making this tonight. I’ll let you know tomorrow whether it was a success or not. I think it could be.

  5. emalyse says:

    Fingers crossed that it’ll be a success. Let me know how it…er…goes down.

  6. haha well it was a big success (despite the fact that it was ME who was cooking it). I made my own sauce and as usual put in loads of really minutely chopped veg. It was only those that the children objected to (as always) – they can detect even the smallest fragments of mushrooms and pick them out. But there were three empty plates (mine included of course) and one with just fragments of extracted veg on the side (he didn’t get a dessert!) despite proclaiming that he had eaten more “balls” than anyone else.

    So thank you! Curry tonight – can put anything in curry and they’ll eat it!

  7. joejhorn says:

    Love the blog, always enjoy reading it. I really like these gnocchi. I just made a gnocchi with choux pastry for the first time and it was incredible. Come take a look if you have a chance and let me know what you think.

    Thanks so much!


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