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Gnocchi Bolognese Bake Recipe

Gnocchi Bolognese Bake

The addition of milk takes this Gnocchi Bolognese Bake to another level. It is rich and full of flavour with a molten cheesy topping and made with the simplest of ingredients. The result is a hearty and comforting meal perfect for feeding a crowd or enjoying as leftovers throughout the week. And the best part? This recipe requires only a handful of simple ingredients, making it a budget-friendly option that’s still full of flavour. 

  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 1x




  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (200°C fan).
  2. Heat the olive oil on medium heat in a large, oven-proof pan. Add the onions, carrots, celery and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes or until softened.
  3. Turn the heat to high, add the beef and cook for 2-3 minutes until browned. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the white wine, and cook for 2 minutes until it has mostly evaporated.
  5. Add the full cream milk, chopped tomatoes and beef stock. Bring the sauce to the boil before reducing the heat to low, so the sauce is simmering gently. Cook uncovered for 30 minutes, adding 1/4 cup of water if the sauce begins to stick to the base of the pan (see note 2 for a slow simmer option).
  6. Stir through the gnocchi, top with mozzarella slices, and oven-bake for 15 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
  7. Top with fresh basil and freshly grated parmesan before serving.


Note 1 – Milk adds richness and depth to Bolognese sauce, helps tenderise the meat, and helps remove the acidity from the tomatoes. If you prefer not to use it, omit it from the recipe (no substitute is required).

Note 2 – The longer the cooking time, the more intense and flavourful. You could leave this on the stovetop for up to 3-4 hours. Just make sure you stir it every half an hour and add 1/4 cup of water if the sauce sticks to the base of the pan.

MAKE AHEAD AND LEFTOVERS – Refrigerate for up to 3 days. Freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw completely in the fridge overnight before reheating. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove.

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: oven bake
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: Italian

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