12 Gnocchi Recipes That Are Deliciously Creative, Because You Can Do So Much Better Than Red Sauce

Gnocchi is one of our favorite comfort food meals, but after a while we like to switch things up. In Italian restaurants it's easy to find delicious homemade gnocchi dishes, but it's usually doused in butter or tomato sauce. And while we're not opposed to either of those pairings, there is a world of other options for how to eat these potato-based dumplings.

To take a break from your easy spaghetti dinners, try serving up some gnocchi for your next dinner. Whether you pair it with pesto, sausage, or vegetables, it's guaranteed to be a delicious dish. Flip through these 12 recipes for some serious foodspiration.

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Garlic & Kale Baked Gnocchi

Mix mac and cheese with gnocchi, a touch of garlic, and some greens for good measure, and you’ll be left with A Beautiful Mess’ absolutely delectable baked gnocchi. Who can resist some cheesy goodness?

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Crispy Gnocchi With Pistachio Pesto

Pine nuts aren’t the only nut that can make a delicious pesto. Half-Baked Harvest mixes pistachios with basil for a unique flavor.

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Hearty Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Gnocchi doesn’t just belong with pasta sauce — Mel’s Kitchen Cafe uses the potato-based dumplings to make a comforting chicken soup.

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Loaded Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi Bake

Forget the fettuccine. Inside BruCrew Life creates a creamy dish of chicken and alfredo sauce with the help of pillowy gnocchi. Add crumbled bacon for a savory touch.

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Gnocchi With Preserved Lemons, Truffle Oil, & Pecorino

Take dinnertime to the next level by making your own gnocchi. Leaf Parade adds a handful of fresh arugula to add in some green.

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Crockpot Tuscan Sausage & White Bean Ragu With Buttered Gnocchi

Sausage and white bean ragu make a saucy main dish that pairs perfectly with decadently buttered gnocchi. Half-Baked Harvest knows how to make one fine meal.

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Honey Roasted Veggies & Gnocchi

A touch of honey adds the perfect amount of sweetness to roasted veggies and Brussels sprouts. A Beautiful Mess combines the vegetable dish with gnocchi for a balanced meal.

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Gnocchi With Squash & Sweet Corn

It may not be spring yet, but that doesn’t mean your plate can’t taste like it is. The Kitchn uses vibrant squash and corn to add a refreshing touch to gnocchi.

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Seared Gnocchi With Pea Pesto

Pea pesto makes a light compliment to A Cozy Kitchen’s crispy pan-seared gnocchi.

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Gnocchi With Grilled Asparagus & Grapefruit

A Spicy Perspective’s grilled grapefruit adds an unexpected twist to gnocchi and asparagus. The citrusy dish makes for a unique dinner.

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Gnocchi Skillet With Sausage & Tomatoes

Filled with vegetables, sausage, and a handful of basil, The Kitchn’s skillet gnocchi is an easy weeknight meal.

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Pan-Toasted Gnocchi With Bacon, Leeks, & Fresh Tomato

Bacon brings a smoky touch to Simply Scratch’s pan-toasted gnocchi and tomato dish. Top with a hearty dose of Parmesan cheese for a comforting meal.

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