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Ricotta Baked Gnocchi with Tomato & Basil

Easy, vegetarian ricotta baked gnocchi pomodoro with homemade marinara sauce, tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella. 
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 642kcal
Author Florentina

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb Gnocchi
  • 2.5 cups marinara sauce
  • 1.5 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove garlic -grated
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh herbs (mixed basil, chives, oregano + parsley
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 lemon (zest only)
  • 1 pinch black pepper -freshly cracked
  • 1 lb fresh mozzarella cheese -sliced
  • 3 heirloom tomatoes (mixed colors)
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400”F
  • in a mixing bowl combine together the ricotta cheese, egg, garlic, lemon zest, fresh herbs and olive oil. Season with a pinch of sea salt and refrigerate until needed.
  • Meanwhile bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. (It should taste like sea water). Cook the gnocchi for a couple of minutes until they float to the top. Drain well and toss with 1 cup of marinara sauce.
  • Use a 10 inch round baking dish ( 2- 3 inches deep) and spoon 1/2 cup of sauce on the bottom. Top with half of the gnocchi and spoon the herbed ricotta mixture on top.
  • Layer half of the mozzarella cheese on top and a few slices go heirloom tomatoes. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt, black pepper and half of the basil leaves.
  • Add the remaining gnocchi and spoon 1/2 cup of sauce on top. Follow with the mozzarella and tomato slices.
  • Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and red pepper flakes, loosely cover wit aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, just until the cheese has melted.
  • Optional: transfer the baked gnocchi under the broiler uncovered, for a about 3 minutes until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly. Allow to cool for a few minutes for the cheese to set. Serve with the remaining fresh basil and herbs on top.

Nutrition

Calories: 642kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 1466mg | Potassium: 688mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1850IU | Vitamin C: 16.7mg | Calcium: 584mg | Iron: 6.9mg