Easy Gnocchi Bolognese

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Easy Gnocchi Bolognese uses a few shortcuts, but gives you a meal in under half an hour!
Spaghetti sauce coats pillowy gnocchi for a quick dinner recipe.

Gnocchi Bolognese recipe

Easy gnocchi bolognese is a few storebought short cuts with some simple additions, all cooked up with love! Storebought gnocchi is lightly boiled while 1 + 5 Spaghetti Sauce simmers on the stovetop. 

I love a good bowl of spaghetti sauce with noodles or gnocchi. My mom’s (or really, I should say my Aunt Lois’!) spaghetti sauce is so so good! People who come to visit often request it, it’s that legendary.

Gnocchi in an East Fork Pottery Bowl

On Saturday mornings, I like to roam Asheville’s Downtown Farmer’s Market. Trying to be sustainable and kind, and purchase useful groceries for me by way of Misfits Market and then supplementing with the local farmer’s markets. My favorite thing to purchase at the market is Rio Bertolini pasta. It is SO delicious!

Gnocchi with Bolognese

Rio Bertolini is based in Charleston, SC and has a guy who brings a bunch of coolers up for Saturday and has tons and tons of pasta, sauces, and meals ready to be baked. My favorites are the ravioli, especially the pimento cheese ravioli! ? Yum! I haven’t tried making toasted ravioli, but it’s coming soon.

Gnocchi Bolognese Bake

My dad and I loosely follow mom’s sauce recipe – and when I say loosely, I mean VERY loosely. As in, we dump some jars of sauce in with sauteed onions and beef, add some Italian seasoning and wine and call it a day. As long as you let it simmer with a bay leaf for a good 15 minutes, you’ll have a great sauce. 

Gnocchi with Homemade Bolognese

This gnocchi from Rio Bertolini is the plain ricotta version. They’ve got all kinds – sweet potato is up next with browned butter and sage. Doesn’t that sound like fall, y’all?!


Basically, they are dumpling made from riced potatoes, flour, an egg, and salt. There are all kinds of variations of gnocchi. Take a look on Pinterest, and find a recipe you’d like to try!


Add to liberally salted water, and wait until they pop up to the top. When they float, remove and add to a bowl, sauce, anything! Gnocchi is great on their own with butter, salt, and pepper. A fresh shaving of parmesan helps, too!

rio bertolini gnocchi


Gnocchi Bolognese Menu Idea

Here’s your full menu:

Rio Bertolini Gnocchi with Meat Ragu

Serving easy gnocchi bolognese is the menu of choice for any enneagram type one. You can make all the components ahead of time, making sure everything is perfect. Including the table settings, cozy home, and entryway. It’s also great for enneagram type sixes. Sixes can make everything ahead of time, so they can easily prepare for their at-home dinner party. 

Quick Gnocchi Bolognese

Easy Gnocchi Bolognese also makes the perfect meal for after you get home late from a busy night. Having spaghetti sauce in the fridge at the beginning of the week is super helpful when you know you have a busy week ahead. Frozen gnocchi only take a few minutes to cook. 

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Rio Bertolini Gnocchi with Meat Ragu

Easy Gnocchi Bolognese

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  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: italian


  • 1 pound frozen potato gnocchi
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 jar Rao’s red marinara sauce
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, divided


  1. Fill a large pot with water, and bring to a boil.
  2. Brown beef over medium heat, using this fancy tool to break into bits.
  3. Add onions and saute until soft.
  4. Pour red sauce into beef and onions, along with the italian seasoning, garlic, red wine, bay leaf and parmesan cheese.
  5. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Once the pot of water comes to a boil, add 1 tablespoon of kosher salt.
  7. While the sauce simmers, add frozen gnocchi to salted boiling water.
  8. The gnocchi are cooked when they pop up to the surface. 
  9. Add them to a bowl or directly into the red sauce.
  10. Top with extra parmesan cheese and serve!

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In case you’re wondering – that amazing bowl pictured is from East Fork Pottery, here in Asheville, NC. This is their Everyday Bowl, and it’s just the *best most perfect* pasta bowl, ever.

What do you top your gnocchi with??



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  1. Yes! This looks so amazing. All of my absolute favorites in one dish. Simple and delicious, I can’t wait to make this for dinner. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  2. This is one of those comforting recipes perfect for a family meal. I love how simple it is to pull together. Thanks for sharing!

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