Baked Gnocchi with Tomato and Mozzarella Freezer Meal Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Aside from making you feel like royalty with its exquisite flavor, our Baked Gnocchi with Tomato and Mozzarella makes you feel like a queen (or king!) because it delivers convenience and ease to you on a silver platter. Fluffy, rich gnocchi, is bathed in rich marinara, an Italian cheese blend, and the perfect combination of aromatics and textures
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You know what I’m a sucker for? A good baked pasta dish. There is just something about ordering pasta “al forno” that touches my soul, and our Baked Gnocchi with Tomato and Mozzarella fits the bill. Fluffy, rich gnocchi, is bathed in rich marinara, an Italian cheese blend, and the perfect combination of aromatics and textures. Can you say “comfort food”?

Aside from making you feel like royalty with its exquisite flavor, our Baked Gnocchi with Tomato and Mozzarella makes you feel like a queen (or king!) because it delivers convenience and ease to you on a silver platter. It requires next to no effort – just add the ingredients to an oven-safe casserole dish, cover, and freeze until you need it. It goes from freezer to oven, which means you get to enjoy whatever you’d like to, like the royalty you are. 

Once you try a baked gnocchi dish like this one, you’ll never go back. It’s the epitome of all the things we look for in our evening meal: flavor, nutrition, convenience, and ease. And, it’ll leave everyone who gathers around your table in awe at your culinary skills. What more could you ask for?

Why You’ll Love this Baked Gnocchi Freezer Meal

  • Comfort Food: Pasta is always a comforting meal, and this recipe is no different.
  • Simple Ingredients: This recipe uses basic ingredients that are easily accessible. 
  • Customizable: Add vegetables, meat, or other ingredients or toppings to tailor it to everyone’s tastes.
  • Low Effort: Minimal cooking skills required for this recipe, making it foolproof for tired or busy parents.
A Year of Meal Plans on a Budget
Baked Gnocchi with Tomato and Mozzarella Freezer Meal Recipe
Aside from making you feel like royalty with its exquisite flavor, our Baked Gnocchi with Tomato and Mozzarella makes you feel like a queen (or king!) because it delivers convenience and ease to you on a silver platter. Fluffy, rich gnocchi, is bathed in rich marinara, an Italian cheese blend, and the perfect combination of aromatics and textures
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4
Equipment
  • 1 9×13 oven and freezer-safe casserole pan/dish
  • Lid for pan/dish (aluminum foil works great)
Ingredients
  
  • 1 lb Gnocchi Gluten-Free
  • 12 oz Diced green peppers and onions. bag
  • 24 oz Marinara sauce
  • Water Fill sauce jar half full
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp Capers
For Serving:
  • 1-2 tbsp Capers Optional garnish
Instructions
 
Prep/Freezer Directions:
  • Label a 9×13 Pan/Dish with recipe name, cooking directions according to your preferred method. 
  • Add all ingredients to 9X13 pan and stir to combine.
  • Cover and freeze for up to three months.
Oven Cooking Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • Remove baked gnocchi from the freezer and place in preheated oven covered with aluminum foil. Cook for 40 minutes.
  • Uncover and cook an additional 35-40 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, allow to rest 10-15 minutes before serving.
Dietary Adjustments
Make it Gluten Free: 
  • Ensure Gnocchi is Gluten Free (Best one I have found is at Whole Foods)
Make it Dairy Free:
  • Omit Mozzarella for dairy free or replace with mozzarella substitute. 
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Equipment needed to Make Easy Freezer Gnocchi Meal

  • 1 9×13 oven and freezer-safe casserole pan/dish
  • Lid for pan/dish (aluminum foil works great)

Ingredients for your Baked Gnocchi with Tomato and Mozzarella

  • 1 lb Gnocchi, Gluten-Free
  • 12 oz Diced green peppers and onions, bag
  • 24 oz Marinara sauce
  • Water, fill sauce jar half full
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp Capers
  • For Serving:
  • 1-2 tbsp Capers, Optional garnish

How to Make a Baked Gnocchi with Tomato and Mozzarella

Prep/Freezer Directions:

  1. Label a 9×13 Pan/Dish with recipe name, cooking directions according to your preferred method. 
  2. Add all ingredients to 9X13 pan and stir to combine.
  3. Cover and freeze for up to three months.

Oven Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. Remove baked gnocchi from the freezer and place in preheated oven covered with aluminum foil. Cook for 40 minutes.
  3. Uncover and cook an additional 35-40 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven, allow to rest 10-15 minutes before serving.

What to Pair with your Healthy Gnocchi Freezer Recipe

Sides:

Desserts:

Mocktails:

Popular Substitutions and Additions

Substitutions:

  • Alfredo Sauce: For a creamier version of this recipe, swap the marinara sauce with alfredo. The richer, smoother texture pairs well with the sharpness of the Parmesan cheese.
  • Mixed Cheese: Using a combination of cheeses like mozzarella with gouda will add a depth to the cheese flavor and an interesting melt in the overall dish.

Additions:

  • Spinach: Stir in spinach for a nutritional boost and pop of color that is the perfect complement to the flavors and ingredients in this dish.
  • Italian Sausage: To make it heartier, add Italian Sausage to the mix. Its seasoning and texture pair beautifully with our original recipe.

How to Reheat and Store Baked Gnocchi with Tomato and Mozzarella

Best way to store Leftover Tomato Mozzarella Gnocchi Bake Meal Prep

Though having leftovers of this dish is rare because it is that good, if you end up with leftovers you can store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Make sure to allow your leftovers to cool as to avoid having too much condensation in your storage device.

How long will Baked Gnocchi with Tomato and Mozzarella last in the fridge?

When stored properly in an airtight container in the fridge, this Gnocchi will stay fresh for three to five days.

Can I freeze Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce Freezer Meal?

Our method is freezing raw and cooking from frozen (or slightly thawed) because reheating frozen leftovers does not always fare well. The second go of a previously-cooked and then frozen meal tends to have diminished texture and mediocre flavor. That said, it is perfectly okay and safe for you to freeze leftovers, just beware they won’t be as delish as the first round was.

To prep this meal as a raw freezer meal, add all ingredients into a 9×13 pan, stir to combine, then cover and store in the freezer for up to three months.

How to Reheat Cheesy Gnocchi Freezer Recipe?

We recommend reheating this in the oven or microwave. The stovetop is a possibility, too, but you’d need to add a little bit of water so it doesn’t burn/stick to pan.

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