One Pan Meatballs Gnocchi Bake



Looking for a no-fuss and delicious meal that requires minimal cleanup? Look no further than the One Pan Meatballs Gnocchi Bake. This recipe is perfect for those busy workweek nights when you want something satisfying and flavorful without spending hours in the kitchen. Each bite of this dish is a delightful surprise, thanks to the tender gnocchi, seasoned turkey meatballs, and burst cherry tomatoes. With the addition of cream cheese, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar, this bake is elevated to new levels of flavor that are hard to resist. Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner or a relaxed weekend feast, this One Pan Meatballs Gnocchi Bake brings the taste and charm of Italy to your table with ease and simplicity.



One Pan Meatballs Gnocchi Bake

The One Pan Meatballs Gnocchi Bake is a simple and delicious dish that brings together soft gnocchi, seasoned turkey meatballs, sweet cherry tomatoes, and a creamy sauce made with cream cheese. Baked to perfection in just 25 minutes, this flavorful meal is a winner for busy weeknights or leisurely weekends.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean


  • – 500 grams potato gnocchi
  • – 300 grams cherry tomatoes
  • – 3 garlic cloves
  • – Handful of fresh basil chopped
  • – 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • – 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • – 3 tablespoons cream cheese
  • – 1 teaspoon sugar
  • – 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • – 1 teaspoon salt
  • For the Meatballs:
  • – 450 grams lean ground turkey
  • – 1 medium egg
  • – 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • – 80 grams panko breadcrumbs
  • – 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • – 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • – 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • – 1 teaspoon salt
  • – 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Preheat the Oven:
  • – Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  • Prepare the Meatballs:
  • – In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, egg, dried oregano, panko breadcrumbs, chopped fresh basil, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, salt, and ground black pepper.
  • – Mix thoroughly until all the ingredients are well combined.
  • – Shape the mixture into meatballs of about one-inch diameter and set aside.
  • Assemble the Bake:
  • – In a large baking dish, combine the potato gnocchi, cherry tomatoes, garlic cloves, and chopped fresh basil.
  • – Season with salt, ground black pepper, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.
  • – Nestle the meatballs into the gnocchi and tomato mixture in the baking dish.
  • – Add dollops of cream cheese evenly across the dish.
  • Bake and Serve:
  • – Transfer the baking dish to the preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes, or until the meatballs are fully cooked and the tomatoes are bursting.
  • – Remove the dish from the oven and gently stir the contents to distribute the melted cream cheese evenly, forming a light and creamy sauce.
  • – Serve hot, garnished with extra fresh basil if desired.


– Keeping the meatballs uniform in size ensures even cooking.
– Use a meat thermometer to ensure that the meatballs are fully cooked, with an internal temperature of at least 74°C.
– If using fresh gnocchi, no need to boil them first. If using frozen gnocchi, make sure to thaw them before adding to the pan.
– For a vegan version, substitute the turkey with a plant-based ground meat substitute and use vegan cream cheese.
– Feel free to add additional vegetables such as bell peppers, zucchinis, or olives for extra flavor.
– Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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