Gnocchi with Sun Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

My family loves pasta and we have it at least once a week. Usually, I go with the more traditional noodles, but choose various shapes. The kids love it when I mix it up with different pasta shapes.  This past week, I bought a package of gnocchi. Made mostly with potatoes, gnocchi is delicate, soft and tastes quite different than standard pasta. Even though it doesn’t seem difficult to make, I have never tried to make gnocchi from scratch. That will be my next endeavor with gnocchi. The store bought gnocchi was still delicious, light and fluffy.

The sun dried tomato cream sauce is silky smooth and has a delicate flavour that matches the gnocchi perfectly. Simple to make, with few ingredients, this whole meal can be made in less than 30 minutes. It is a great weeknight meal.

4.5 from 4 votes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Pasta
Servings: 4
Author: Steve Cylka
  • 2 pounds gnocchi
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 1/2 cup 10% cream (half and half)
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese
  1. If the sun dried tomatoes are dry and hard then they need to be rehydrated. Soak them in warm water for 30 minutes, or until soft and pliable. Drain.
  2. Cut the sun dried tomatoes into thin slices.
  3. Melt butter in a saucepan on medium heat. Add the sun dried tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes to bring out the flavour in the tomatoes.
  4. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for just under a minute. Once you can smell the aroma from the garlic, stir in the cream.
  5. Heat up the sauce just to the boiling point. Once the cream is just about to boil, lower the heat and stir in the parmesan cheese. Simmer on very low heat.
  6. While the sauce is simmering, boil the gnocchi according to the directions on the package. Drain, but do NOT rinse the gnocchi. The starch helps the sauce cling to the gnocchi.
  7. Stir the gnocchi with the sauce until evenly coated.
  8. Serve immediately.



  1. Mmm gnocchi are the best. I prefer them over flour pasta even.

  2. Steve,
    This Gnocchi looks amazing! I’d love for you to share this, and any other recipes, at my weekly Creative Thursday Link Party at: Have a great day 🙂

    I don’t know why but the “rate this recipe” wouldn’t let me fill in the 5th star, but I would definitely rate this a 5!

  3. Really loved this recipe and it not being a tomato red sauce but much more subtle – made a real change from pesto, will definitely be cooking again.

  4. I made this tonight for dinner. It was delicious!! I used fat free evaporated milk (thickened with flour) instead of cream. It was so good. I’m definitely making this again. 😀

  5. made this for dinner and my 16 year old brother who gave it 4 stars. all the flavors go really well together and it was really quick and easy to make.

  6. This looks really delicious. My grandmother used to make her own gnocchi but I haven’t given it a try. Is there a frozen brand you would recommend?

    • Hmm – not sure about a particular brand. I usually just pick up a bag that looks good in my local grocery store. I really need to learn how to make fresh gnocchi sometime!

  7. I just found a pack of sun dried tomatoes in the pantry the other day. I know what I want to make for dinner.

    Thanks for sharing on #TastyTuesdays

  8. This looks divine, so rich and flavorful! I love sun dried tomatoes as well. Pinned for later. I found you at What’s Cookin Wednesday!

  9. This looks so delicious and creamy! It’ll make a great weeknight meal, too, since it’s fairly simple and quick. This is a keeper!

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