Baked Gnocchi

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Healthy Blue Zone Baked Gnocchi

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Prep

10 minutes

Cook

30 minutes

Yield

4 -6

This healthy Baked Gnocchi recipe is Blue Zone-friendly because it's loaded with healthy ingredients like artichokes, arugula, zucchini, and drizzled with a fresh orange dressing.

This Baked Gnocchi recipe is so fresh and delicious. It’s the perfect recipe for the summer with fresh zucchini, arugula, olives, and citrus dressing. What I love most about this easy recipe is that it’s just that, easy! You can make it in under and hour and with minimal dishes since it’s all done on a sheet pan.

Baked gnocchi on a sheet pan

❤️ Why You’ll Love Baked Gnocchi

  • Fresh: This Baked Gnocchi recipe has such a freshness from it from not just the veggies but the citrus dressing that is so good and flavorful
  • Quick: Make this easy recipe in only 40-minutes. It’s a great, easy weekday meal
  • Versatile: Add in your favorite fresh veggies, fresh herbs, protein, whatever you want
  • Healthy: This recipe is a Blue Zone-inspired recipe. Blue Zones are places around the world that have very healthy diets, and because of that, they live the longest

🍲 Ingredients

Fennel – Fennel has a mild licorice flavor and is a great addition to salads, and cooking because it adds a unique pop of flavor. Fennel also has a variety of health benefits. It can help with digestive problems such as heartburn, gas, bloating, etc. and it is even said to be good for upper respiratory infections. So it can be a great superfood when you’re sick.

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Blood Orange Juice – You can use whatever type of orange juice you have. I love blood oranges because of their beautiful color. They are a bit less tangy than a typical navel orange but have a floral tart taste. They are great for cocktails, drinks, and dressings.

Bowl of baked gnocchi next to sheet pan

👩‍🍳 How to Make Baked Gnocchi

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the Greek dressing ingredients together and set aside.
  3. To the sheet pan add: rinsed chickpeas, chopped zucchini, sliced fennel, chopped artichokes, gnocchi and sliced shallots.
  4. Drizzle the dressing over the ingredients on the pan and toss to ensure everything is very well coated.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes, tossing gently at the 15-minute mark. After 25 minutes crumble the goat cheese over top of all the ingredients on the pan and bake for 5 more minutes.
  6. Top with arugula and green olives and a drizzle of olive oil and salt if desired. Serve immediately.
sheet pan of baked gnocchi

🪄 Tips and Tricks

  • Gnocchi: You can find gnocchi in the pasta aisle at your grocery store
  • Blue Zone: To create meals that are Blue Zone-friendly, the key is to load them with veggies, and legumes
  • Protein: Add your favorite protein to this recipe like chicken, baked tofu, or whatever your favorite is


🗒 Substitutions

  • Arugula: If you aren’t a big arugula fan, you can swap for kale or spinach instead
  • Zucchini: Add in your favorite veggies – sweet peppers, onions, whatever you please
  • Chickpeas: If you don’t have chickpeas, you can use another bean like butter beans or white kidney beans
  • Goat Cheese: If you don’t love goat cheese, swap it for another crumbly cheese like feta


🗒 Best served with

👝 How to Store Leftovers

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days. These leftovers are so good cold or reheated.

🤔 Common Questions

What is a Blue Zone?

A Blue Zone is a label given to certain countries in the world that have the longest-living people. Researchers believe this is due to their diets which are rich in veggies, legumes, and lean proteins.

What is gnocchi?

Gnocchi is a little potato dumpling. It’s popular in Italian cuisine and can create a unique spin on a pasta dish. They are also easy to make if you are ambitious.

Healthy Blue Zone Baked Gnocchi

5 from 17 votes
This healthy Baked Gnocchi recipe is Blue Zone-friendly because it's loaded with healthy ingredients like artichokes, arugula, zucchini, and drizzled with a fresh orange dressing.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Greek-Inspired
Servings 4 -6
Calories 449 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 19 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 fennel bulb, sliced thin
  • 14 oz can artichoke hearts, drained and rinsed, then chopped
  • 500 g store bought potato gnocchi
  • 4 shallots, sliced thin

Greek inspired citrus dressing

Toppings

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Instructions
 

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Notes

  • If chickpeas aren’t your favourite try canned butter beans or cannellini beans.
  • If you like this recipe, try our Sheet Pan Gnocchi

Nutrition

Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 48.5g | Protein: 12.5g | Fat: 25.3g | Saturated Fat: 5.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15.4g | Cholesterol: 7.7mg | Sodium: 637.2mg | Fiber: 9.4g | Sugar: 5.9g
Review This Recipe Let us know how it was!
Kay

5 stars
The flavors in this dish are incredible. We had leftovers for a few days but I think I could eat this forever. Will be making again!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the love, hun!!!

Tilda Witte

5 stars
So so so good made this one for the second time!!! I am from the Netherlands en love your recipes ,we eat a lot of recipes from your Insta and they are all So Good!!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Tilda!!!

Lauren Kacmarcik

5 stars
Amazing dish! Easy and veggie packed. Not your typical sheet pan recipe – this one is better! It’s light, yet flavorful and filling. Will definitely be making again!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Lauren!!!

Chrystyna Strumbos

5 stars
This was truly 10/10. So easy to throw together and the flavors are delish. Fresh, olive oil-y, the gnocchi is moist and a little crispy, such a good meal prep meal as well. Yum this is for sure in my rotation now!

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much hunnie!

Lisa

Do you use fresh, frozen, or shelf-stable gnocchi and do you cook it first? Thanks!

Maria Koutsogiannis

shelf stable – no need to cook it first!

Alicia Case

5 stars
This was a HIT! Wow! So much flavor and nutrition all in one dish. This ended up coming out to be two 9 x 13 baking sheets worth for me. I topped it with chicken tenders for some added protein. I had this meal for days! Great meal prep!

Maria Koutsogiannis

this makes me so happy! Thank you for your support!!!

Hannah Tobin

5 stars
So so delicious!!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Hannah!!!

Swapna Lusis

5 stars
I was looking for a quick easy yet impressive recipe to make at a baby shower for a small crowd, and this nails the brief! I tested it at home, and I loved how it was light yet filling, easy on the eye, and delicious to boot. The goats cheese is non negotiable.. everything is balanced and beautiful 🙂 I didn’t have blood oranges however I will be using them this weekend, and I look forward to trying the dressing as it was intended. Can’t wait to make it for the girls, thank you!

Maria Koutsogiannis

you are the best, thank you so much!!!!!

Savannah Garnett

5 stars
Delicious meal! Made a few minor substitutions (lemon for blood orange, etc) but it still turned out fantastic. Such an easy and yet nutrient dense one pot meal 😍

Maria Koutsogiannis

thank you so much savannah

Sarah Linde

5 stars
All week I’ve been excited to make this recipe and today was the day…it is seriously so delicious! The perfect combination of delicious, easy, and veggie-packed. Can’t say enough about this recipe!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Sarah!!! this means so much to me!

5 from 17 votes (1 rating without comment)

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