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One Pan Gnocchi Bolognese

One Pan Gnocchi Bolognese

A good bolognese sauce that simmers away for hours on the stove is one of my family’s favourite things to eat. It is the ultimate, satisfying comfort food with so much to love. It’s freezer-friendly, feeds a crowd, can be loaded with nourishing vegetables and is outrageously delicious. This One Pan Gnocchi Bolognese is a faster variation of the classic which is all made in one pan (no need to pre-cook the gnocchi!), perfect for weeknight dinners with minimal clean-up! The sauce is rich and hearty, full of big savoury flavours, yet made with simple ingredients, many of which you probably already have in the pantry! Finished with stretchy, melty mozzarella cheese, this is sure to become a regular on your meal plan rotation. 

Can you make One Pan Gnocchi Bolognese ahead of time?

Yes, One Pan Gnocchi Bolognese can be frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw completely in the fridge overnight before reheating in the microwave.

Is One Pan Gnocchi Bolognese suitable for leftovers?

One Pan Gnocchi Bolognese can be refrigerated for up to 3 days; reheat in the microwave.

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One Pan Gnocchi Bolognese

One Pan Gnocchi Bolognese

  • Total Time: 44 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red or brown onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, freshly minced
  • 1 carrot, finely diced
  • 1 celery stalk, finely diced
  • 500 g beef mince/ground beef
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 800 g canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp beef stock powder
  • 1 tsp caster sugar/superfine sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 sprigs fresh oregano or thyme (can be substituted with 1 tsp of dried oregano or thyme)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 500 g fresh gnocchi (see note 1)
  • 50 g mozzarella cheese, sliced into bite-sized pieces or freshly shredded

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-based skillet on medium-low heat.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, carrots and celery. Cook for 3-5 minutes until softened and fragrant.
  3. Increase the heat to high. Add the beef mince, salt and pepper. Cook the beef for 3-5 minutes until it changes colour from pink to brown, breaking it up with your spoon as you go.
  4. Stir through the tomato paste and then add the crushed tomatoes, beef stock powder, caster sugar, water, oregano or thyme and bay leaf to the pan. Simmer for 20 minutes with the lid on. Remove the herb sprigs and bay leaf.
  5. Stir through the gnocchi and cook with the lid on for 2 minutes or until the gnocchi has softened (note 2).
  6. Top with the mozzarella cheese, place the lid on and cook for a further 2 minutes until the cheese is soft and gooey. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Note 1 – Fresh gnocchi in the refrigerated section of the supermarket is required for this recipe, or any gnocchi that takes less than 5 minutes to cook on the packet instructions.

 

Note 2 – The gnocchi will release its starch as it cooks which will thicken the sauce. It will also thicken as it sits. If the sauce is too thick, simply add 1/4 cup of water, or enough to reach your desired consistency. If it is too thin, cook on high heat with the lid off for an additional 2 minutes.

MAKE AHEAD

Refrigerate for up to 3 days. Freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw completely in the fridge overnight before reheating in the microwave.

LEFTOVERS

Refrigerate for up to 3 days. Freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw completely in the fridge overnight before reheating in the microwave.

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 34 mins
  • Category: bolognese
  • Method: pan
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: one pan bolognese and gnocchi, gnocchi bolognese, gnocchi bolognese recipe

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  1. This is the third recipe of Nicole’s I tried and I must say – yet another amazing recipe!! My husband and little toddler absolutely loved it. My boy nodded and said MORE!! Thank you and I cannot wait to try another recipe of yours xx

  2. Hi Nicole, I do not know or understand what Evie might done wrong while making this dish, my family when nuts about it, another AMAZING recipe from you, and we loved the idea of using something else than spaghetti’s for a change 😀

  3. The ultimate pasta for a winters night. My family can be a little fussy when it comes to dinner times (definitely meat and three veg kid of family) but this recipe was a huge winner! I turned it into a pasta bake in the oven. Kids gobbled it up with no arguments, thats a big win! Thanks for continuing to impress my family with your amazing recipes!

  4. Totally delicious, I’m making this for the third time (I think- lost count!) and felt obliged to give a 5 star review having seen the 2 star one above. It is absolutely delicious, can’t fault it! Give it a go!!

  5. My whole family devoured this! The gnocchi was the tiniest bit floury but I suspect it was the brand of gnocchi we used. Still absolutely delicious. Would be incredible with home-made gnocchi if we ever find the time 🙂

  6. I have made this amazing recipe a handful of times now and it is the ultimate comfort food for a cold night. This recipe is an easy way to make a hearty & delicious gnocchi meal using just the one pot! Thank you for this fab recipe.

  7. Loved this meal! Made it tonight, kids gobbled it up and were asking for seconds. Easy, yum, and something a bit different from the standard spaghetti bolognaise (and not as messy to eat too!)

  8. Not sure what the person above is talking about. This is AMAZING. Just recently came across your website from TikTok and this is the first recipes I’ve tried out, we loved it! Will definitely be checking out your other recipes

    • Thank you so much Faith! I am so glad you found me and that you loved the recipe as much as we do. 🥰

  9. I really didn’t want to write this comment but I just want to save anyone the time of making this. Nicole, I love your recipes so much, you’re an amazing cook, but this gnocchi bolognese just was not it. I actually found it difficult to eat. If you are thinking of writing a cookbook, please do not add this in. This recipe really does not showcase the good cooking skills that you have. Sorry for writing this but guys please don’t bother trying this 😭

    • Hello Lovely, I am so sorry the recipe didn’t turn out as expected! I am really confused to be honest, this sauce is one of my favourites and I’ve been making it for years. It’s an adaptation to my very popular traditional bolognese so I’m confused with what may have went wrong. If you could provide any additional info around what happened – ie. did the gnocchi fall apart, was the sauce texture an issue etc and I can add notes to the recipe. It is one of my favourites! ❤️

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