Delicious and tender gnocchi served sorrentina style: baked in a deep dish with homemade tomato sauce and flavored with lots of mozzarella and basil.

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Gnocchi all Sorrentina! Delicious and tender gnocchi served sorrentina style: baked in a deep dish with homemade tomato sauce and flavored with lots of mozzarella and basil. |

About Gnocchi alla Sorrentina

I have a confession to make:

I’ve made this recipe four times before sharing it with you.

And I feel pretty bad about it.

You see, whenever I post a recipe, you can almost guarantee it’s the first time I’ve ever successfully cooked it (or, sometimes, finally perfected the taste) – and I do this because my goal with this website was to not only learn how to cook but to make it so you can learn to cook right along with me. I write instructions that make sense to me, as a noobie chef, in the hopes that that perspective will make it all the more easier for you to follow along.

And let’s be honest here: we’ve all seen enough “Pinterest fail” pictures to know that not everything we see on the internet is as easy as some would try to make you believe.

For me, I like to think that if I’m able to do all of this, so can you. I showcase what I was able to make on my first try, so you can see that it can be done and done well, even if you’re still learning. It’s just like the tagline for my site reads: “All the hype, made easy.”

And I’m pretty good at sticking to this rule.

Very good at it, actually.

That is, until a fateful night a few weeks ago where my willpower completely failed me and I found myself hunkered over my little food photography studio, my camera discarded off to the side, delicate food props pushed out of the way, and eating gnocchi alla sorrentina straight out of the serving bowl.

Not my proudest moment.

But so worth it.

I only discovered gnocchi about five years ago, but since then it has become my all time favorite indulgence. Even more than pasta, which is the highest compliment I can give just about anything. And when I discovered I can buy packaged gnocchi? And that gnocchi only takes 2-4 minutes to cook in boiling water? It makes me wonder why I’ve been wasting all this time with pasta.

Pasta, I love you, I really do, but I don’t have to try when it comes to gnocchi.

It just comes naturally.

How to make gnocchi sorrentina at home.

So as I already confessed, I’ve made this dish four times since I discovered it. And since that first failed photo shoot, I’ve whipped it together as both dinner and a mid-day comfort food, knowing full well I really should take a moment to snap a few photos but then ultimately deciding not to because my hunger simply could not wait.

And the only reason I managed to get away with it this time?

I happen to be suffering from a small cold, making me a little more sluggish and not so ravenous as usual. That is the only reason this dish survived more than 5 minutes in front of me. But when it was finally time to eat, I still loved every bite of it, even with the muted taste buds. If it’s not a positive endorsement, I don’t know what is!

Notes & tips for Gnocchi alla Sorrentina

  • Whenever I make this dish, I like to bake it in large ramekin or soufflé dishes. If you’d like to do the same, just make sure your chosen baking dish can hold about six cups (1 1/2 quarts or 48 oz).

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This post was originally published on February 15, 2015. It was updated with new pictures and revised recipe instructions on March 16th, 2017.Easy baked gnocchi alla sorrentina recipe.

Recipe Details

Gnocchi all Sorrentina! Delicious and tender gnocchi served sorrentina style: baked in a deep dish with homemade tomato sauce and flavored with lots of mozzarella and basil. |
4.42 from 12 votes

Gnocchi alla Sorrentina

15 minutes prep + 30 minutes cook
484 kcal
Yields: 4 servings
Delicious and tender gnocchi served sorrentina style: baked in a deep dish with homemade tomato sauce and flavored with lots of mozzarella and basil.



  • In a large saucepan, warm extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until garlic is golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour crushed (or pureed) italian tomatoes into saucepan, season with salt and pepper, then stir with oil and garlic. Bring sauce to a simmer, then reduce heat. Cover and let cook for 15 minutes.
  • While sauce simmers, Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare gnocchi per package instructions; drain, transfer to a bowl, then cover with foil to keep warm.
  • When tomato sauce is ready, pour the sauce into the bowl with the gnocchi. Add 1/4 cup Parmesan and gently toss gnocchi with a spoon.
  • Pour coated gnocchi into an oven safe bowl. Sprinkle the top with cut mozzarella and the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until the mozzarella has melted and the tomato sauce is bubbling around the sides.
  • Serve immediately with fresh chopped basil as garnish.


Recipe adapted from Easy as Apple Pie.


Calories: 484kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 955mg | Potassium: 298mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1335IU | Vitamin C: 14.3mg | Calcium: 467mg | Iron: 4.7mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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    • Sara

    Instead of using olive oil. Can I use canoila oil because I’m allergic to olive oil

    • San
    • 4 stars

    This sounds AMAZING!!! I would add some crumbled Sweet Italian sausage before baking.

    • Samantha

    I’ve actually never tried gnocchi, but from the photos it looks delish! I’ll have to try out your recipe sometime. 🙂

    • Ashley

    This looks delicious! I absolutely love gnocchi!!

    • Kristina

    Love the name of your blog! Thank you for sharing your homemade recipes

    • Amber | Caleigh’s Kitchen

    OMG, this looks sooo good! I love gnocchi! And all that cheese, yes please!

    • Abigail
    • 5 stars

    Cheesy-licious indeed! Your photography makes the dish so tempting. Pinned. 🙂

    • Marye
    • 5 stars

    Pasta is definitely hard to resist in any form… I love the cheesy-ness of this dish!

    • Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom
    • 4 stars

    Oh that cheese–I am in love, how can you not be with all that comfort!!

    • Florian@ContentednessCooking
    • 5 stars

    I love this, thanks for sharing!

    • Laura

    I have never been a huge gnocchi fan, but I have also never seen it served like this! Yum! This could make me a believer!

    • Rachael {La Fuji Mama}
    • 5 stars

    Amen to the gnocchi love! I feel the same way about them…I’d take gnocchi over pasta any day!

    • Elena@as easy as Apple Pie
    • 4 stars

    They look delicious! I am glad you liked the recipe 🙂

      • Chrisy

      Thank you Elena! One of the best recipes I’ve come across in a while!

    • Caroline @ Shrinking Single
    • 5 stars

    Looks like super cheesy goodness. But I definitely recommend making your own gnocchi if you have time – so much lighter and fluffier than the shop stuff.

      • Chrisy

      I’d definitely want to try that! Is it hard to do? I know I’ve seen it somewhere before but not sure if I was smart enough to bookmark it for later.