Try one pan gnocchi with kale, sun-dried tomatoes, and mushrooms for a truly delicious vegetarian entree or filling side dish. Ready in just 30 minutes!

Recipe Overview

Why you’ll love it: You can have dinner on the table in no time, and cleanup is easy, too!

How long it takes: 30 minutes
Equipment you’ll need: large straight-sided skillet or Dutch oven
Servings: 6

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Soft and pillowy gnocchi, with meaty sautéed mushrooms and buttery kale, flecked with sun-dried tomatoes and red pepper flakes, embraced by a light Parmesan cheese sauce — this is a truly flavorful and satisfying pasta dish.  And it’s all made in one big skillet!

Filling, tasty, and quick, it doesn’t get much better than that! Plus, this recipe is packed with good-for-you veggies, too.

Looking for more dinner ideas? Take a look at my list of 30 Minute Meals.

Overhead view of gnocchi with sun-dried tomatoes, kale, and mushrooms.

About This Gnocchi with Kale Recipe

An easy one pan meal. Don’t you just love one pan pasta recipes? I sure do! This one pan gnocchi recipe is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Be sure to check out my list of one pot pasta recipes for more of my favorites.

What is gnocchi? Although I’m calling this a pasta dish, gnocchi is really not a true pasta. It’s more of a dumpling and instead of semolina flour, it’s made with potatoes. Shelf-stable gnocchi is not a dry pasta so it cooks up in just a couple of minutes, making it a very convenient choice for dinner.

Gnocchi can be boiled, pan fried, or you can bake it into an easy casserole. For homemade gnocchi, which is probably the easiest pasta to make from scratch, try this recipe from Pinch of Yum.

How To Make One Pan Gnocchi

Sauté and simmer: Begin with a quick sauté of mushrooms, garlic and chopped kale. Add broth, and the gnocchi. Let that simmer a bit, and then finish it up with sun-dried tomatoes and Parmesan cheese.

Season: Sprinkle on a few red pepper flakes, and season with salt and pepper. Ready in 30 minutes or so, all in one pan. You’ll find yourself turning to this recipe often!

Serve: While gnocchi with kale and mushrooms can be served as a meatless main dish, you could serve it as a side with grilled chicken. Try this Italian chicken marinade.  Or try stirring cooked Italian sausage right into the skillet with the gnocchi. 

Enjoy, or as they say in Italy, Buon Appetito!

Close-up view of one pan gnocchi on a serving spoon. Sun-dried tomatoes are also visible.

What To Serve Alongside Gnocchi with Kale

Try serving one pan gnocchi with a loaf of bread and Italian olive oil dipping sauce. A crisp green salad with homemade ranch dressing or a Caesar salad with homemade Caesar dressing and Caesar croutons goes great with it, too.

More One Pot Pasta Recipes

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FAQs

How do you pronounce gnocchi?

This can be a tricky word to pronounce. Here’s how to say it: N-YOW-kee (check out this YouTube video to hear it). Like the word “lasagna”, don’t pronounce the G, the O sound is long (think row, or mow, not plow or cow). The CCHI sounds like “key.”  Practice a few times until you sound like a true Italian!

What does gnocchi mean in Italian?

The word may be from the Italian word, nocca, which means “knuckle”. Gnocchi is a simple Italian pasta often made with mashed potatoes, flour, and eggs. Gnocchi look like little dumplings,  or pillows, usually with fork indentations to help hold the sauce.

Gnocchi on a white plate with kale, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and cheese.

Make It Your Own

  • Add protein: It’s easy to stir in cooked chicken, shrimp, Italian sausage, or white beans.
  • Substitute greens: Spinach, Swiss chard, beet greens or arugula are good substitutes for baby kale.
  • Use fresh tomatoes: Substitute cherry or grape tomatoes for the sun-dried tomatoes. 
  • Enhance with lemon. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to the sauce. Start with the juice and zest of one lemon.
  • Craving something creamy instead? Try my creamy one pan gnocchi with sausage and zucchini.
Black skillet half full of gnocchi, depicting it being served out of skillet.

Storage & Reheating Tips

Store leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave. If mixture appears dry, add a splash of broth or water. 

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Recipe

One Pan Gnocchi with Kale, Sundried Tomatoes, and Mushrooms

4.38 from 8 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 main dish servings
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Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cups loosely packed kale leaves, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 6 cups shelf-stable gnocchi (about 2 one pound packages)
  • ¾ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes (7 oz. jar or 3.5 oz. package)
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese, more for garnishing
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, more or less to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Prepare tomatoes. If you have oil-packed sundried tomatoes, drain the oil and pat the excess oil off with paper towels. Chop finely. If using sun-dried tomatoes that are not packed in oil, soften the tomatoes by soaking them in very hot water for 10 minutes. Drain well, and chop.
  • Heat oil in large skillet at medium heat. Add minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add mushrooms and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes more.
  • Add butter to skillet and allow to melt. Add chopped kale and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes, until bright green and just starting to wilt. Pour in broth.
  • Add the gnocchi, stir once, and cover. Let cook for 7 to 8 minutes, until gnocchi is soft, stirring occasionally but keeping covered as much as possible.
  • Remove cover, reduce heat, and add sundried tomatoes, cheese, and red pepper flakes. Stir occasionally and allow any remaining liquid to cook down a bit. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Garnish with additional cheese, if desired. Serve warm.

Notes

  • If you prefer, use fresh cherry or grape tomatoes instead of sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Instead of kale, substitute spinach or another green. More tender greens can be stirred in with the tomatoes.
  • Add cooked chicken, sausage, shrimp, or white beans if you like.

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Nutrition

Calories: 604kcal, Carbohydrates: 99g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 1189mg, Potassium: 862mg, Fiber: 10g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 5984IU, Vitamin C: 59mg, Calcium: 361mg, Iron: 11mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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6 Comments

  1. Amanda says:

    What is the source or sources of protein in this meal?

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Each ingredient adds a certain amount of protein, most notably the cheese and the gnocchi. With that said, our nutritional values are always an estimate and will depend on brands used. If you’d like to add more protein, see our notes about adding cooked chicken, sausage, shrimp, or white beans if you like. You could also use bone broth instead of chicken broth if you’d like to add more protein there. Let me know if you have any more questions.

  2. Beth says:

    5 stars
    This is delicious! I omitted the butter to be a bit healthier and didn’t miss it at all! Substituted the kale with spinach and it was amazing! Quick and delicious!

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      So glad you liked it! Thanks for leaving a comment!

  3. denise says:

    I’ve been craving gnocchi, too. This sounds perfect.

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      It’s so easy and satisfying!