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Crispy Oven-Fried Gnocchi and Veggies

This is the best 25-minute weeknight dinner around! Crispy Oven-Fried Gnocchi and Veggies is a one-pan meal that has it all. Using storebought gnocchi, convenient frozen veggies, and a 30-second homemade marinade, these fried gnocchi will be your new go to dinner.

fried gnocchi and roasted veggies in two white dishes with a gray cloth and blue glass of water on a wooden background

You could have knocked me over with a feather when I realized you could oven-fry gnocchi on a sheet pan. All my cooking life I had been led to believe you had to boil gnocchi prior to serving. Total freaking game changer for my weeknight dinner game.

What is gnocchi you may be asking yourself? Gnocchi are tiny little dumplings made from potatoes, eggs, and flour. They have been pressed with the tines of a fork to hold sauces and your heart. They’re amazing and are available at almost any grocery store.

They also look like fat little white bugs. In fact, my mother-in-law calls them grubs. Once you see that resemblance, it can’t be unseen. 100% worth it.

Hold the Phone. You Can Pan Fry Gnocchi?

You bet your butt you can! You simply stick them in a pan with olive oil and fry them for about 10 minutes, turning once.

But why just make fried gnocchi when you can roast them on a sheet pan with a butt-ton of veggies and maybe some chicken sausage (or giant white beans if you’re vegetarian)? Throwing all those things together with a delicious marinade means you have an amazing one-pan meal in under 30 minutes.

Tell Me More About Fried Gnocchi

I would love to! Boiled gnocchi with sauce is super delicious and an awesome meal on its own or even in Dairy-Free Chicken and Gnocchi Soup. But when you fry gnocchi, something amazing and magical happens. The insides become soft but still have some tender bite to them.

The outsides though? Oh man, the outsides turn crispy almost like a french fry or home fries. Essentially, it becomes little bits of potato crack on a fork.

What Goes Best With Fried Gnocchi?

The idea for this meal started with the fact that I’m trying to be a big grown up 36 year old and am trying to like cauliflower. It’s a struggle but I’m working on it! I had it in my mind that I would like cauliflower if it was served with pasta. Truth be told, most things would be better with pasta!

When I saw the price for a fresh head of cauliflower, I thought “can you roast frozen veggies”? Turns out you totally can and they’re delicious.

Hold the phone. You can roast frozen veggies?

Yes!! We roast so many dang vegetables in the Cook household that I even created The Ultimate Guide to Roasting Frozen Vegetables. We love the convenience and how affordable cooking with frozen vegetables is!

A bowl of frozen vegetables and chicken sausage and a bowl of uncooked gnocchi along with a mason jar of homemade italian dressing and garlic cloves

Did you know that frozen organic vegetables are often cheaper than their counterparts and just as healthy? Frozen vegetables are frozen at the peak of freshness which means those nutrients and goodness are locked down tight.

Add that to your freaking list of wins.

Can I Make This Whole30 Compliant?

Sure can! Leave out the gnocchi and replace with baby potatoes or just more veggies. Omit the parm from the marinade. Double-check that your sausage is Whole30 compliant.

How to Make Crispy Oven-Fried Gnocchi and Veggies – Step by Step

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees with a rack on the lowest setting.
  2. Combine all the ingredients for the marinade in a container with a lid (I used a jam-sized mason jar). And shake, shake, shake!
  3. Combine all the veggies and garlic in a large bowl. If you are using chicken sausage AND like the sausage to be crispy, add it with the veggies. Toss together with all but 2 tbsp of the marinade. Place the veggie mix on a rimmed baking sheet and spread around to give everything some space. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. In the bowl that is empty from the veggies, toss the gnocchi and 1 tbsp of the marinade. If you are using chicken sausage and DON’T like the sausage to be crispy, toss it with the gnocchi.
  5. After the veggies have cooked for 15 minutes, stir the veggies and add the gnocchi (and chicken sausage if adding now) to the pan. Bake for another 12 minutes or until everything is just as crispy as you like.
  6. Drizzle with reserved 1 tbsp of reserved marinade and 1 tbsp of pesto (try Homemade Pesto). Toss to coat everything and serve!

Process shots for making fried gnocchi

Recipe Notes For Crispy Oven-Fried Gnocchi and Veggies

  • Do not thaw the frozen veggies before adding the marinade or baking.
  • Feel free to use fresh veggies! If everything is fresh, reduce the first wave of cooking time by 3 minutes.
  • Pay attention to the recipe directions on when to add the chicken sausage. Adding it with the veggies will result in a crispier sausage (yum!). Adding it with the gnocchi will result in warmed sausage with no sear (meh). But you do you.
  • Make the marinade ahead of time to save even more time when you’re making these delicious fried gnocchi. Because you need to store the marinade at room temperature to keep the olive oil liquid, don’t add the parmesan until right before using.
    • To make the process even faster, keep a container of the dried marinade ingredients premixed in your pantry.
    • You could also use your favorite premade Italian dressing.
  • This is a great use for leftover 10 Minute Instant Pot Roasted Garlic!
  • Leftovers! The gnocchi will dry out during reheating, so I add a splash of olive oil or a spritz of water before reheating.
  • If you have leftover frozen broccoli, you’ll love making some Roasted Frozen Broccoli later in the week for a fast and delicious side dish.

fried gnocchi and roasted veggies in a small square white dish on a grey cloth
I have no idea how I have managed to cook for so long without knowing about roasting frozen veggies. I adore fresh veg but I do believe that using frozen for busy nights and dishes like this will be a game changer for years to come.

What is your favorite weeknight dinner hack? Did YOU know you could use frozen veg for roasting? You probably did. You’re so clever.

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5 from 9 votes
Crispy Oven-Fried Gnocchi and Veggies
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

This is the best 25-minute weeknight dinner around! Crispy Oven-Fried Gnocchi and Veggies is a one pan meal that has it all. Using storebought gnocchi, convenient frozen veggies, and a 30-second homemade marinade, these fried gnocchi will be your new go to dinner.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gnocchi, one pan dinner
Servings: 8
Calories: 194 kcal
Ingredients
Marinade
All the Fixin's
  • 1 package gnocchi (16 oz)
  • 2 cups frozen broccoli
  • 2 cups frozen cauliflower
  • 2 cups frozen Brussels sprouts
  • 4 cloves garlic sliced in quarters
  • 4 chicken sausage sliced into rounds
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees with a rack on the lowest setting.

  2. Combine all the ingredients listed for the marinade in a container with a lid (I used a jam-sized mason jar). And shake, shake, shake!

  3. Combine all the veggies and garlic in a large bowl. If you are using chicken sausage AND like the sausage to be crispy, add it with the veggies. Toss together with all but 2 tbsp of the marinade. Place the veggie mix on a rimmed baking sheet and spread around to give everything some space. Bake for 15 minutes.

  4. In the empty bowl from the veggies toss the gnocchi and 1 tbsp of the marinade. If you are using chicken sausage and DON'T like the sausage to be crispy, toss it with the gnocchi.

  5. After the veggies have cooked for 15 minutes, stir the veggies and add the gnocchi (and chicken sausage if adding now) to the pan. Bake for another 12 minutes or until everything is just as crispy as you like.

  6. Drizzle with reserved 1 tbsp of reserved marinade and 1 tbsp of pesto (try Homemade Pesto). Toss to coat everything and serve!

Recipe Notes

Do not thaw the frozen veggies before adding the marinade or baking.

 

Feel free to use fresh veggies! If everything is fresh, reduce the first wave of cooking time by 3 minutes.

 

Pay attention to the recipe directions on when to add the chicken sausage. Adding it with the veggies will result in a crispier sausage (yum!). Adding it with the gnocchi will result in warmed sausage with no sear (meh). But you do you.

 

To make this Whole30 compliant, leave out the gnocchi and replace with baby potatoes or just more veggies. Omit the parm from the marinade. Double-check that your sausage is Whole30 compliant.

 

Leftovers! The gnocchi will dry out during reheating, so I add a splash of olive oil or a spritz of water before reheating.

 

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Oven-Fried Gnocchi and Veggies
Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)
Calories 194 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 466mg20%
Potassium 243mg7%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 460IU9%
Vitamin C 53mg64%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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32 comments on “Crispy Oven-Fried Gnocchi and Veggies”

  1. I followed the important parts of this recipe.  I used deli sausages and butternut squash because that was what I had.  I followed the marinade proportions except for the parmesan.  I may have eyeballed that and then added more.  I also didn’t measure the amount of gnocchi or squash, I just added the amount we would eat.  We are not ‘leftover’ people.  
    I followed the crispy sausage directions and it was SCRUMPTIOUS.
    My 21-year-old daughter, after about three bites requested that this recipe go into regular rotation!
    Definitely a keeper.  Next time I will try it with bangers.

  2. Has anyone tried this with TJ’s frozen cauliflower gnocchi? Would love to know!

    • I haven’t had anyone report back on it, but I do plan to try it myself soon.

      If you like their gnocchi, make sure you check the blog tomorrow. I think you’ll be super excited by the recipe that will be live at 4 am!

  3. It was so good! I forgot about the pesto (oops) and used Italian dressing with fresh grated Parmesan.
    I made one tray with sausage and another without for a vegetarian who plays joins our game night. ‘‘Twas a big hit with brown bread and butter. Carbs on carbs on veggies. 
     Delicious is an understatement and I am jealously guarding the leftovers for lunch at work. Will definitely repeat!!

  4. I made this tonight and it was amazing!  The pan fried gnocchi will become a staple in our house.  Even the picky eater teenage boy loved it!