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Air Fryer Pumpkin Gnocchi Bake

Creamy, cheesy, and nutty,  this is the ultimate comfort dish marrying crisp and soft textures into one perfect bite. This Pumpkin Gnocchi Bake recipe creates the ideal quick and easy family meal for a chilly Autumn dinner. Top with crisp sage and pecans for a delicious contrast of crunchy and creamy.  

Pumpkin Gnocchi Bake

This recipe is quick and easy to make, so you can get it done in no time. With only 5-10 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes of cooking it’s the perfect hands-off dinner for the middle of the week. Bake it in your air fryer or oven and enjoy this luxurious meal with your loved ones. This Pumpkin Gnocchi Bake recipe uses 8 ingredients that are easily sourced at any grocery store, making it not only low-waste but also budget friendly
 

What is Gnocchi

Gnocchi, an Italian pasta favourite, is a type of dumpling made from potatoes, flour, and sometimes eggs.

These little pillows of goodness have a soft texture and a rich flavour, making them a versatile ingredient for many dishes. In our Air Fryer Pumpkin Gnocchi Bake, gnocchi takes the spotlight, offering a satisfying bite that pairs perfectly with roasted pumpkin, creamy cheese, and fragrant sage.

Cooking gnocchi in the air fryer gives it a crispy edge while maintaining its tender inside. Gnocchi’s knack for soaking up flavours and adding a delightful contrast in texture and taste makes it the star of this easy and delicious recipe.

Striving for  The Best Baked Gnocchi Recipe

One of the standout features of our gnocchi bake is that you don’t need to pre-cook the gnocchi. It goes straight from the packet to the pan – no fuss, no muss. The ingredients we’ve chosen are easy to find at your local store, making this recipe accessible to all.

But what truly sets this dish apart is the way it combines comforting flavors with an elegant twist. Crispy sage and crunchy pecans elevate it to something special, yet it remains incredibly easy to whip up.

We didn’t stumble upon this recipe by chance. It took multiple tests and tweaks to get it just right. We wanted to make sure that every bite of our gnocchi bake delivered that perfect balance of crispy, tender, and flavorful.

In the end, our baked gnocchi isn’t just a recipe; it’s a labor of love that brings together the best of both worlds – simplicity and indulgence. We can’t wait to share it with you.

Why Bake your Gnocchi?

Baked gnocchi is a real crowd-pleaser for a few simple reasons. First off, gnocchi itself is like a flavour sponge – it soaks up all the deliciousness around it.

When you bake it in the oven or air fryer, it gets this awesome crispy edge while staying soft and fluffy inside. Plus, the ingredients you pair with it, like creamy cheese, roasted pumpkin, and fragrant sage, take the whole dish to the next level.

The gnocchi’s job is to carry all those amazing flavours, and it does it oh-so-well.And let’s not forget how easy it is. Toss everything in one dish, pop it in the oven or air fryer, and you’ve got a tasty meal in no time. So, baked gnocchi isn’t just good; it’s a weeknight dinner hero that’s crispy, tender, and bursting with flavour.

Don’t Throw Away Your Halloween Pumpkin!

Turning your pumpkin into a tasty recipe is not only saves you money but limits the environmental impact of simply composting it.

Discarded pumpkins after Halloween lead to food waste, as they are perfectly edible and can be used in various recipes. Wasting them squanders the resources used for their growth and distribution.

When pumpkins end up in landfills, they decompose without oxygen, producing methane gas. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, contributing to climate change.

For more low waste Pumpkin recipes, make sure to check our Pumpkin Donuts if you’ve got a sweet tooth!Finally, if you try this recipe, let us know how it goes! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag your photo #theculinarycartel on Instagram so we can see what you come up with. See our Instagram recipe video here. Happy cooking!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this gluten-free?

Yes, you can make it gluten-free by choosing a gluten free gnocchi or making your own gnocchi using GF flour.

Can I make this vegan? 

Absolutely! Just make sure to choose vegan-friendly gnocchi, use oat cream, replace the cheese with a plant-based cheese, and voila!

Can I use another pumpkin?

Of course! You can use a butternut or a pre-diced pumpkin if you don’t have a Halloween Pumpkin this year. When in season, orange-fleshed sweet potato is another great alternative. 

 

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Pumpkin Gnocchi Bake


  • Author: Jess Bunn
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 Servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Creamy, cheesy, and nutty,  this is the ultimate comfort dish marrying crisp and soft textures into one perfect bite. This Pumpkin Gnocchi Bake recipe creates the ideal quick and easy family meal for a chilly Autumn dinner. Top with crisp sage and pecans for a delicious contrast of crunchy and creamy.


Ingredients

Units
  • 350g pumpkin, peeled and diced into bite-sized cubes
  • 500g gnocchi
  • 50g blue cheese or soft goat’s cheese
  • 6g sage leaves
  • 400ml vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup single dairy cream
  • 50g mozzarella or cheddar cheese
  • 30g pecans

Instructions

Using the oven will increase the overall cook time of the recipe by 5-10 minutes. This is because an air fryer will tend to cook things a little quicker.

A note: While this recipe was tested in the Instant Vortex Plus Clear Cook, it’s essential to remember that air fryers can differ. So, when following the cook times, keep a close eye on the recipe instructions and adjust the cooking time slightly, depending on your specific brand of air fryer

Air Fryer Instructions :

  1. Dice the pumpkin/butternut into small cubes roughly 2cm wide (any bigger and they won’t cook in under 30 minutes)
  2. In your air fryer basket, or a baking dish that fits snugly into your air fryer, combine the diced pumpkin with 100ml of vegetable stock, a pinch of salt, and pepper. Air fry at 170°C for 15 minutes, or until the pumpkin starts to soften. It should be pierced easily with a knife, with some resistance at this stage.
  3. Add the remaining vegetable stock to the basket and nestle the gnocchi around the pumpkin chunks.
  4. Crumble the blue/goats cheese over the top and pour the cream over the ingredients in the air fryer basket. Gently stir everything together.
  5. Air fry at 220°C (430°F) for 12 minutes until the gnocchi and pumpkin are cooked and the mixture is bubbling.
  6. Sprinkle the cheese and pecans over the gnocchi and continue to air fry for an additional 2 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and golden.
  7. Toss the sage leaves in a small drizzle of oil until coated, then scatter them over the melty cheese and pecans. Air fry for a further minute until the sage is lovely and crisp.

Oven Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Dice the pumpkin/butternut into small cubes roughly 2cm wide (any bigger and they won’t cook in under 30 minutes)
  3. In an ovenproof dish, combine the diced pumpkin with 100ml of vegetable stock, a pinch of salt, and pepper. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes, or until the pumpkin starts to just soften. It should be pierced easily with a knife, with some resistance at this stage.
  4. Add the remaining vegetable stock to the dish and nestle the gnocchi around the pumpkin chunks.
  5. Crumble the blue cheese and pour the cream over the ingredients in the dish. Gently stir everything together.
  6. Roast in the oven at 220°C (430°F) for 10-15 minutes until the gnocchi and pumpkin are cooked and the mixture is bubbling.
  7. Sprinkle the mozzarella or cheddar cheese and pecans over the gnocchi and continue to roast for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and golden.
  8. Toss the sage leaves in a small drizzle of oil until coated, then scatter them over the dish. Return to the oven for a further minute until the sage is lovely and crisp.

Notes

Chef’s Tip: Want to add some meat? When you air fry the pumpkin, drape some ham over the top and cook until crisp. Once crisped, remove and crumble over the bake when serving. You can use Serrano, Parma or Speck ham.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Air Fry
  • Cuisine: Italian-inspired

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 792.74kcal
  • Sugar: 7.19g
  • Sodium: 1584.92mg
  • Fat: 33.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 14.77g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 97.24g
  • Fiber: 4.02g
  • Protein: 22.99g
  • Cholesterol: 71.67mg

Keywords: Pumpkin Gnocchi Bake

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2 Responses

  1. In the Uk we would generally understand that when someone refers to “cream” it means single cream. Cream cheese is, obviously, entirely different and would be specified. Happy cooking

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