Creamy Spicy Gnocchi

creamy gnocchi in skillet with wooden spoon

5 from 1 reviews

Creamy Spicy Gnocchi is easy enough for a weeknight but decadent enough for date night! It comes together in less than 30 minutes and is a great meatless dinner recipe.


  • 16oz package uncooked potato gnocchi
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, adjust to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese, more for serving
  • Kosher Salt and Pepper


  1. Cook Gnocchi - Start by boiling a pot of salted water and cooking the gnocchi according to the package directions. Make sure to reserve about 1/2 cup of the starchy water. Don't overcook the gnocchi as it can cook more when added to the sauce.
  2. Start the Sauce - While the gnocchi is cooking, start the sauce by heating the oil in a large skillet and cook the tomato paste, red pepper flakes, roasted peppers, and garlic for 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Finish Creamy Sauce - Add the heavy cream and 1/2 cup of the starchy gnocchi water, stirring to combine and bring to a gentle to simmer until the sauce starts to thicken. Stir in the Parmesan Cheese, taste, and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add Cooked Gnocchi - Add the cooked gnocchi to the creamy sauce in the skillet. Toss to combine.
  5. Serve - Serve with extra grated parmesan and red pepper flakes.


Leftovers and Storage: Leftovers will keep fresh in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. 

Reheating: For best results, I recommend reheating the leftovers in a pan on the stove over medium heat. However, you can also microwave for a quick meal. You can add a splash of cream or even water to help loosen the sauce up.


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