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Pepperoni Pizza Baked Gnocchi Is Comfort in One Dish

Pepperoni Pizza Baked Gnocchi is a recipe that looks like pizza, and tastes like comfort. With little gnocchi potato dumplings throughout and covered in cheese and pepperoni galore, you just can't beat this dish.

Prepared in a baking dish and layered with toppings, this one really is a winner. If you're not the biggest gnocchi fan (how?), try subbing in any short pasta of choice - penne or rotini could work well.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • (1) 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • pinch of crushed red pepper
  • (2) 16-ounce containers of gnocchi, uncooked (or if using pasta, you'll need just 16 ounces)
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced and then cubed, divided
  • 2 cups grated swiss cheese, divided
  • 4 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 16 pieces of mini pepperoni

Directions:

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Add olive oil and garlic to a medium sized pot and turn heat to medium high. Once olive oil is heated, cook garlic for 1 to 2 minutes (be careful not to burn the garlic). Add crushed tomatoes, dried oregano, dried thyme, salt and pepper to taste and crushed red pepper. Cook sauce for 8 minutes.

While cooking the sauce, heat oven to 375 degrees. Cook gnocchi according to package instructions.

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In an 8-inch square baking dish, add 1/2 cup of sauce at the bottom of the dish. Add 1 cup swiss cheese and 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese. Add 1/2 of the gnocchi.

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Spread 1/2 of the remaining sauce on top the gnocchi and top with 1/2 cup of swiss cheese, another 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese and half of the fresh mozzarella.

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Repeat the last step and then top with the pepperonis.

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Bake for 15 to 20 minutes and then turn on the broiler and broil the top for 4 minutes. Let the dish sit for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

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