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There is something soooo comforting about a bowl of gnocchi covered in a creamy tomato sauce! This spicy creamy tomato sauce gnocchi recipe makes a fantastic side dish or vegetarian main course. It's super easy and takes only 20 minutes from start to finish! The spicy creamy tomato sauce in this recipe is super simple and truly addictive, can be used not only on gnocchi, but also your favorite pasta. It has a silky texture that smothers the plump, pillowy potato dumplings and is irresistible. Simply delicious! If you want a similar vegan recipe, try my Gnocchi with Classic Tomato Sauce. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I did.


  • 1 pound gnocchi (De Cecco is best!)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced

  • 1 tablespoon red chili flakes

  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

  • Parmesan cheese for garnish

  • Freshly ground black pepper for garnish


  1. Simply boil water, add in a good amount of salt, then add the gnocchi, and cook until the gnocchi rises to the top of the pot.

  2. In the meantime, make the sauce by adding olive oil to a pot along with the garlic and chili flakes. Let cook for about 2 minutes, mixing continuously so garlic and chilis don't burn.

  3. Add the can of tomato sauce and mix thoroughly.

  4. When it begins to bubble and boil, add the cream and mix well.

  5. Then, use a slotted spoon to remove and strain the gnocchi and add it to the pot to be mixed with the sauce.

  6. Add about 1/4 cup of the "pasta" water that the gnocchi was boiling in into the sauce. Toss well.

  7. Cook the gnocchi and sauce in the skillet for about 5 minutes to thicken and heat the sauce.

  8. When finished, remove from the heat and top with Parmesan cheese, freshly ground black pepper, and a drizzle of good quality olive oil. Enjoy!


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