Easy Lasagna Recipe with Gnocchi + Dinner Menu

Easy Lasagna Recipe with Gnocchi

Lasagna is a wonderful food for its versatility, made with pasta, cheese, and sauce (sometimes meat or vegetables). Today I’m serving a different spin on the standard recipes: Easy Lasagna Recipe with Gnocchi. But the question is, is gnocchi a pasta or a dumpling? I’ve asked around and everyone has a different answer. So I went to the experts: DeLallo Foods, who I think has the best pasta around! (Plus, my entire menu is at the very bottom of this post.)

What is gnocchi?

Though descendants of Northern Italy, where heartier pastas reign, gnocchi have become a part of Italian cuisine—from north to south and everywhere in between. The word “gnocchi” (pronounced N’YAW-kee) has an unknown origin, but it’s speculated to come from the Italian word nocca, meaning knuckle. Essentially, gnocchi are a form of dumplings, and, of course, not exclusive to Italy. But their light, airy texture and full potato flavor makes them a unique pasta with a long history in classic European cuisine. Even different regions of Italy have their respective versions, and before it was made with potatoes, gnocchi existed, but with different ingredients—breadcrumbs, squash, chestnut flour, egg and cheese, just to name a few. Gnocchi, being filling and inexpensive, were the perfect peasant food. For this reason, many parts of the world have made and appreciated dumplings for centuries. –DeLallo

I’m raising my hand here! Both sides of my family have special “family peasant food recipes” using dumplings!

Easy Lasagna Recipe with Gnocchi

A few weeks ago I made a very simple recipe with 5 ingredients, and it was a BIG hit! I served it with a crock pot pork roast and this yummy corn slaw. It was so good!

Easy Lasagna Recipe with Gnocchi


Gnocchi are an Italian pasta, pillowy little potato dumplings make for a hearty meal, I don’t think you need that, cuz you just spent quite a bit of time defining gnocchi up above, and today I included a red sauce, fresh Mozzarella cheese, garden tomatoes and basil.

Easy Lasagna Recipe with Gnocchi

Our family sat around enjoying an early autumn meal in the backyard, with our pets, of course, with summer in every bite! We ended with Tillamook ice cream, 3 delicious flavors, happy and grateful to all be together for only a couple more weeks.

Hail to dumplings, pasta, family traditions, ice cream, and this easy gnocchi recipe today!

Do you consider gnocchi a pasta or a potato? Do you have a favorite recipe to make with it?

Easy Lasagna Recipe with Gnocchi

Easy Lasagna Recipe with Gnocchi
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Easy Lasagna Recipe with Gnocchi

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 6


  • 16 oz. package of gnocchi
  • 25 oz. pasta sauce
  • 16 oz. fresh mozzarella
  • 1 handful basil leaves torn
  • 3-4 heirloom tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper


  • Cook the gnocchi according to package directions; drain.
  • Prepare an 8×8 baking pan with cooking spray. In a medium pan, heat the gnocchi and pasta sauce; salt and peppering to taste.
  • Layer the mixture with torn pieces of mozzarella, ending with whole pieces of cheese.
  • Broil for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted, bubbly and golden.
  • Top the gnocchi lasagna with fresh basil and heirloom tomatoes.

Easy Lasagna Recipe with Gnocchi

Easy Menu:

THIS recipe today: Easy Lasagna Recipe with Gnocchi

Sweet Asian Slaw with Apple and Corn

Crock Pot Pork Roast

Need dessert?

White and Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

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7 comments on “Easy Lasagna Recipe with Gnocchi + Dinner Menu”

  1. I want to thank you for this delicious menu you provided. I hosted a luncheon for eight of my girl friends and they were so impressed with lasagna, pulled pork and slaw. What a wonderful combination of flavors. KNOW that you have boosted my confidence I can’t wait for my next entertainment event .

  2. Love gnocchi! During the summer I make ricotta gnocchi with sauteed summer squash & fresh corn tossed in a sauce of room temp brie w/ grape tomatoes, garlic, olive oil & basil. Fall it’s potato gnocchi in a gorgonzola cream sauce – great with red meat. Lastly, sweet potato or butternut squash gnocchi in a sage butter sauce sprinkled with parmesan or smoked gouda – great with pork. I see it as a dumpling with the versatility of a pasta.

  3. I LOVE gnocchi, one of my favorites growing up. We always had it with tomato sauce and broccoli. I showed your dish to Sammy and he thinks we should make it. :)

  4. I LOVE gnocchi! I see it more as a dumpling. It was something that was made frequently in my family (moms side is Italian)..I have made a few recipes with it…I was just looking for my fave, but can’t find it…I must have never blogged it…guess I better dig it up, make it and post it sometime.

  5. Just beautiful! And so interesting to know the history behind that cute little dumpling. And how to pronounce it correctly too :0)

  6. What a fun twist to use gnocchi! This looks so good!

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