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5 from 10 votes

Creamy Buttery Tuscan Gnocchi Recipe

Soft, tender pillows of gnocchi enveloped in a full-flavoured cream sauce with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, garlic and fresh basil. Creamy Tuscan Gnocchi is the ultimate comfort food all cooked in one pan!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gnocchi recipe
Servings: 4 serves
Calories: 450kcal
Author: Karina


  • 2 tablespoons butter, (or olive oil)
  • 1 brown shallot, chopped (or 1 small onion)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound (500 g) uncooked potato gnocchi, (the dry packaged gnocchi -- not fresh)
  • 1/2 cup jarred sun dried tomato strips in oil, (reserve 2 teaspoons of the jarred oil for cooking)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream, (thickened cream or half andf half)
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil, (or parsley)


  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Melt the butter and sauté shallots until transparent, about 2 minutes. Sauté garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the gnocchi and let sear in the butter for a minute. Add the sun dried tomatoes and reserved oil. Cook for a further minute to release flavours into the gnocchi.
  • Pour in the chicken broth, cream and Italian herbs. Scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix everything together and reduce heat to medium. Cover pan with lid and let cook for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the spinach leaves and cook until wilted, about 1 minute.
  • Stir through parmesan cheese and chopped basil. Let simmer for a further minute or until gnocchi is soft, cooked through and the sauce has thickened to your liking.
  • Season with a little extra salt & pepper, if needed, to suit your taste.
  • Serve immediately.*


Add uncooked dry gnocchi as it cooks right in the sauce! The starch released from the gnocchi thickens the sauce perfectly while cooking.
*The sauce thickenes as it cools. If not serving immediately, add extra cream or chicken broth just before serving to thin it out a little.


Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 21g