Gnocchi and Parmesan Garlic Sauce

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4.76 from 50 votes
Potato Gnocchi in a Parmesan Cream Sauce is the perfect meatless meal. It is filing, satisfying, delicious and that Parmesan Cream Sauce is a dream. 
Prep: 6 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 16 minutes
Gnocchi cream sauce recipe

This Gnocchi Parmesan Garlic Sauce is one of my all-time favorite easy gnocchi recipes.  It’s ready in 16 minutes so keep it in your quick cooking arsenal!

Gnocchi Parmesan Garlic Sauce

Gnocchi Parmesan Garlic Sauce

It was one of those nights.  I got home from work late.  I hadn’t been to the butcher so we didn’t have any meat.  I was at a loss for dinner.

The natives were getting restless. I found myself standing in front of the pantry staring blankly into the abyss.  Nothing in there inspired me.  Maybe there was something in the fridge.

I found a package of pre-made gnocchi.  Hmmm…that had possibilities.  I found some leftover heavy cream and the last bit of broccoli in the produce drawer.  OK.  I can see this coming together.  Ohh!  A hunk of parmesan cheese.  I think I’ve got something here.

Gnocchi cream sauce recipe for the win!   Ding. Ding.  We have a winner!

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Gnocchi Cream Sauce Recipe

My 5-year old gave this recipe two thumbs up!  He (and we) absolutely loved it.  He actually ate two helpings.  I loved that he was gobbling up the broccoli, although I have no idea where he put all of the gnocchi.

This was a perfect mid-week, meatless meal.  And, the whole thing came together in just 16 minutes.  You can’t beat that after a long day at work.

I’ll bet this sauce would be great over ravioli too.   I’ll have to try that next time.   Actually, it would probably be great over any kind of pasta.  And, you could even add chicken or shrimp if you wanted to add some protein.

Super fast.  Super yummy.  My son keeps asking to have it again so, I guess it’s a keeper!

PS…Note to self…when scribbling down recipes as you’re making them, do not write them on red paper in pencil.  It makes it nearly impossible to read!

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Gnocchi cream sauce recipe
4.76 from 50 votes

Potato Gnocchi in a Parmesan Cream Sauce

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 6 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 16 minutes
Potato Gnocchi in a Parmesan Cream Sauce is the perfect meatless meal. It is filing, satisfying, delicious and that Parmesan Cream Sauce is a dream. 
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  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 8 oz heavy cream, (whole milk works too)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound gnocchi, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, steamed
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Prepare gnocchi according to package directions.
  • Steam the broccoli in the same pot as the gnocchi, while it’s cooking.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a large saute pan over medium-low heat.
  • Add garlic and saute for one minute, or until fragrant.
  • Stir in flour for one minute.
  • Add cream and whisk until combined.
  • Let the sauce thicken over medium-low heat, whisking periodically for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Once sauce is thickened, add Parmesan cheese and stir until combined.
  • Add the cooked gnocchi and broccoli and stir until combined.
  • Top with extra grated Parmesan.


Expert Tips

  • Grate: If you can grate your own fresh parmesan, it really takes amazing.
  • No Broccoli: Peas, asparagus or mushrooms work great.
  • Variation tip: Leftover meat? Add your leftover chicken, beef or sausage.
  • Alternate ingredient: If you like a little seasoning, add my HOUSE SEASONING BLEND or alternatively, add a little heat with some red pepper flake.
  • Cheese Gnocchi: If you do not have or like potato gnocchi, try cheese gnocchi or an alternate pasta you have on hand. this Parmesan cream sauce is great on anything.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 489kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 637mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 3g | Vitamin A: 1315IU | Vitamin C: 41.4mg | Calcium: 222mg | Iron: 4.7mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 15 minute, broccoli, easy recipe, gnocchi

6 thoughts on “Gnocchi and Parmesan Garlic Sauce”

  1. 5 stars
    Thanks for the great recipe. My husband just enjoyed it very much! I made the sauce with unsweetened soy milk & it worked great…thought others might like to know it works as a substitute; mine ended up very thick so I added extra soy milk. And since I didn’t have broccoli, I added mushrooms, spinach, fresh basil & sun dried tomatoes. We usually just pour spaghetti sauce over gnocchi so this was a really nice change.

  2. 5 stars
    I finally found a way to eat broccoli… smother it in this delicious parmesan sauce! It was yummy and I didn’t even care if there was broccoli in it (my family loves the broccoli, by the way).

  3. 5 stars
    This gnocchi and broccoli recipe was so creamy and delicious. I made it when my daughter and her boyfriend joined us for dinner. He’s a vegetarian so this was the perfect recipe! Everyone enjoyed it.


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