10 Easy Pantry Dinner Recipes

Easy freezable meatballs in dill cauliflower cream sauce, 1 of 10 Easy Pantry Dinner recipes where you can lean on the pantry and the freezer to help you in a pinch!  They are fast, easy, but also healthy and delicious.  In addition to these 10 recipes, I also give you a Printable Pantry Must-Haves Grocery List, more dinner ideas, and a Freezer Hacks Cheat Sheet!  #pantrydinnerideas #pantrydinner #pantrymeals #easydinners #freezermeals #quickdinnerideas

Pantry Dinner Recipes to the rescue!  Of course, most of the time we want dinners filled with fresh food.  However, there are times when digging through the pantry and freezer to concoct something for dinner becomes a necessity.  Maybe it’s after having a baby, or nursing an injury, taking care of a loved one, or even being (ehem) quarantined to your home.  Whatever the reason, there will come a day that you need your pantry and freezer to work hard for you!  

Here are 10 Pantry Dinner recipes where you can lean on the pantry and the freezer to help you in a pinch!  

What is a Pantry Dinner?

My definition of a Pantry Dinner for this post, is a complete meal that is entirely made with ingredients that are stored in the pantry or freezer with a shelf life over 1 month.  In other words, it’s a meal that you can make with ingredients on hand and does not require anything fresh.

I have also put together a Pantry Must-Haves Grocery List with Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas! Print this list and stock up.  The dinner ideas provided here are in addition to the recipes below.

Technically, the pantry is where you store ambient, or room temperature foods.  This could be grains and pasta, canned goods, seasonings, as well as produce that does not need to be refrigerated, such as onions or potatoes.  However, for this post, I’m expanding ‘Pantry’ to include freezer foods since they also can be stored for months.

There are some pantry items that can actually last you much longer if you freeze them, such as sesame seeds or nuts.  Be sure to check out my 10 Freezer Hacks to make easy dinners for more like this.

Use Your Freezer For Easy Dinners

The freezer can be a huge friend in the kitchen, helping you to keep fresh veggies, meats, and so much more on hand.  You will see that I have recommended easy freezer-prepped items for each recipe.  Be sure to check out the full printable cheat sheet with 10 Freezer Hacks to make easy dinners!

  • For fruits and veggies, I suggest dicing them and then freezing them on a sheet pan, then transferring them to portioned freezer bags or storage containers.  When cooking with these, you can add them to the skillet, pot, or pan frozen, you do not need to thaw them first.
  • For Herbs or leafy veggies, such as spinach, I wash and then dry the leaves completely.  Then lay flat on a sheet pan to freeze.  Transfer to storage container.
  • For raw meat or fish, you can bring it home from the grocery store and immediately freeze it raw.  When you are ready to cook it, thaw it in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.  
  • For cooked meats, I suggest freezing the following cooked meats: ground, shredded, pulled or diced…beef, pork, or chicken.  For these, I suggest reheating them directly from the freezer and not thawing them out first.

10 Delicious & Easy Pantry Dinner Recipes

1.  30-Minute Stove Top Tuna Casserole

Stove top Easy Tuna Casserole in a pot on counter. This is a creamy and delicious comfort dish with tuna and noodles and a surprise pop of sweet from Pimiento.  This easy recipe is completely from scratch (no canned soup here!) but I can promise you it's so easy and only takes 30 minutes because it's a Casserole that you can make entirely on the stove top!

This Stove Top Tuna Casserole is a creamy and delicious comfort dish. It’s full of flavor with tuna, carrots, scallions, cheddar cheese, noodles, and a surprise pop of sweet from Pimiento. This recipe is completely from scratch (no canned soup here!) but I can promise you it’s so easy and only takes 30 minutes because it’s a Casserole that you can make entirely on the stove top!

  • Pantry: Noodles, Tuna, Olive Oil, Flour, Broth, Pimiento
    • half & half or milk (or broth) – Here you will probably need to swap for broth unless you have shelf-stable milk or half & half in the fridge
  • Freezer:
    • Carrots and Scallions – I love to dice these raw and then store them in the freezer for soups, skillets, or casseroles 
    • shredded cheddar – this stores so wonderfully in the freezer
    • butter

 2. Pancetta, Parmesan, & Pepper Pasta

Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta on plate with fork holding bite. The Pancetta gives a salty and slightly peppery flavor, Parmesan cheese creates a nutty and creamy sauce, and the ground black pepper gives a peppery flavor that makes this pasta stand out. #pasta #easypasta #easydinner #dinner #italian #familydinner #onpotdinners #onepandinners #parmesan

This 30-Minute Quick & Easy Pancetta, Parmesan, and Pepper Pasta is a creamy, peppery, and absolutely delicious pantry dinner.  The Pancetta is diced to give a salty and slightly peppery flavor and meatiness in every bite. The Parmesan cheese creates this nutty, salty, and creamy sauce coating every piece of pasta. And last, but not least, the ground black pepper gives that peppery flavor that really makes this pasta stand out.

  • Pantry: Spaghetti, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Salt, Black Pepper
  • Freezer: Pancetta (diced), Grated Parmesan Cheese, Minced Garlic, Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice portioned or frozen in a baggie very thin so you can break off frozen pieces

3.  Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese

Anniversary Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese is a souped-up version of the traditional Italian Meat Sauce made EASY in the slow cooker! The flavors of the ingredients with the meat become one and turn into this amazing thick sauce. I add even MORE FLAVOR with Pancetta and Demi-Glace. Delicious!

Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese is a souped-up version of the traditional Italian Meat Sauce made EASY by cooking it in the slow cooker!  It’s rich, creamy, meaty, and of course filling.  It’s a perfect pantry dinner because you can make tons of it ahead and freeze it in batches for months to come.  The flavors of the tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, wine and meat become one and turn into this amazing thick sauce. 

  • Pantry:  Tomato Paste, Whole Peeled Tomatoes, Dry Red wine, Italian Seasoning, Bay Leaf, dried Italian Parsley (or frozen), Salt, Fresh Ground Pepper, Fettuccine
  • Freezer: diced Pancetta, Lean Ground Beef, diced Carrots, diced Celery, diced Onion, minced Garlic, grated Parmesan Cheese

4.  Broccoli Pesto Pasta

Broccoli Pesto Pasta on a plate with fork in pasta. It's delicious AND good for you!  It has all of the classic pesto flavors from garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts.  But the flavor is a bit more mellow by adding broccoli! #broccolirecipes #pesto #pasta #easydinner #dinnerideas #familydinner

Broccoli Pesto Pasta is creamy, hearty, delicious AND good for you!  It has all of the classic pesto flavors from garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts. But rather a huge punch in the face of garlic, it’s a bit more mellow – and healthier for you – by adding broccoli!  This pantry dinner is another one that can be made ahead and stored in the freezer, at least the pesto can.  Then cook up some pasta, thaw the pesto and enjoy!

  • Pantry:  Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Salt, Black Pepper, Fusilli Pasta
  • Freezer:  I recommend making the pesto entirely ahead and freezing it.  However, you can also freeze some or all of these ingredients:
    • Chopped and cooked broccoli, minced garlic, pine nuts, basil leaves, grated parmesan cheese

5.  Black Bean Taco Bowls

Black Bean Taco Bowl with rice, smoky black beans, avocado, salty Cotija cheese, sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro. This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings they want! Perfect for kids. #tacos #tacobowls #healthyfood #dinner #healthydinner #familydinner #kidsdinner #blackbeans #vegetarian

Black Bean Taco Bowls have fluffy rice with smoky black beans, creamy avocado, salty Cotija cheese, cool tangy sour cream, fresh tomato, and bright cilantro. This Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar lets everyone fills their bowl with any of the toppings that suits their fancy. You can load ’em up and the kids can pick and choose.

  • Pantry:  Black Beans, Chili Powder, Cumin, Salt, white Rice, tortilla chips
  • Freezer:  Minced garlic, fresh cilantro leaves, sliced scallions, crumbled or grated cotija cheese
  • Optional: If you are able to and want to add these garnishes, then sour cream, avocado, and tomato are best fresh

6.  Asian Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry & Noodles

Teriyaki Meatballs with Veggie Stir Fry, and rice noodles on a plate.  #asianmeatballs #teriyaki #noodles #familydinner #easydinners #dinnerideas

These Teriyaki Meatballs are sweet, salty, tangy, and so incredibly moist and addictive. The garlic, ginger, scallion, red bell pepper, and soy sauce all infuse the meatballs with the most amazing flavor. Combined with a simple Garlic & Ginger Soy Veggie Stir Fry and served over rice noodles, it’s a perfect family dinner. Drizzle over or dip the meatballs in the tangy Teriyaki mustard sauce and they burst with even more flavor.

  • Pantry:
    • Panko Breadcrumbs, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Chili pepper flakes, Vermicelli Rice noodles
    • Store these in fridge after opening: Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, Teriyaki sauce, Dijon Mustard
  • Freezer:  Lean Ground beef, sliced scallions, minced garlic, minced ginger, raw sliced red bell pepper, blanched broccoli florets, sliced blanched carrots 

7. 5-Ingredient Chunky Chicken Vegetable Soup

5-Ingredient Chunky Chicken Vegetable Soup is creamy without the cream (in fact, there is no dairy at all in this dish).  It's chunky but somehow still light.  And with loads of chicken, carrots, and peas, t's full of flavor and texture even though it only has 5 ingredients.

This 5-Ingredient Chunky Chicken Vegetable Soup is creamy (but there is no dairy!) and chunky, and delicious! With loads of chicken, carrots, and peas, t’s full of flavor and texture even though it only has 5 ingredients. With a soup this chunky and hearty, who needs noodles!  

  • Pantry: Bouillon Cubes or Granulated bouillon or chicken base, Cornstarch, Salt, Black Pepper
  • Freezer:  Cooked and shredded chicken breasts, sweet peas, diced Carrots

8.  Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce

Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce in a skillet. The Meatballs are swimming in a beautiful creamy cauliflower sauce flavored with garlic, fresh dill, cream cheese, and a touch of tomato paste. #meatballs #swedishmeatballs #familydinner #easydinner #dinner #healthydinner

Meatballs in Cauliflower Dill Cream Sauce are easy, healthy-ish, and delicious! The Meatballs are swimming in a beautiful creamy light pink Cauliflower Cream sauce flavored with garlic, fresh dill, and a touch of tomato paste. Oh, and cream cheese because, well, every sauce just tastes better with cream cheese!  This is a fantastic freezer meal that you can make ahead and pull out months later.  Simply freeze the meatballs raw and put directly into a 400 F degree oven for 20 minutes.  Freeze the Cauliflower Cream Sauce and thaw when you are ready to enjoy it, warming it up on the stove.

  • Pantry: Tomato Paste, Dill, Chicken Base or Bouillon, Salt, Pepper, Pasta, Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Freezer: Lean Ground Beef, blanched Cauliflower florets, minced garlic, cream cheese, grated parmesan cheese, sliced scallion
  • Non-Pantry/Non-Freezer Items:
    • Milk – swap with broth or water
    • Egg for the meatball binder – If you do not have any eggs on hand at all, you can substitute with 2 tbsp buttermilk or 3 tbsp yogurt or if all else fails, add 2 tbsp water + 2 tbsp more parmesan

9.  Creamy Ground Chicken Tomato Soup

Creamy Tomato Soup in a soup pot on napkin on counter with wood spoon on side. It has Ground Chicken and Spinach is creamy and chunky and has a ton of deep flavor. AND it is healthy! It uses all white meat ground chicken that you cook until it is incredibly browned for some serious flavor. Then tomato paste adds the flavor back drop for the soup and a flour roux plus broth creates the amazing creaminess! Finally Spinach is your veggie boost.

This Creamy Ground Chicken Tomato Soup is creamy and chunky and has a ton of deep flavor. AND it is healthy! It uses all white meat ground chicken that you cook until it is incredibly browned for some serious flavor. Then tomato paste adds the flavor back drop for the soup and a flour roux plus broth creates the amazing creaminess! Finally Spinach is your veggie boost. So delicious and so EASY!

  • Pantry:  Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Tomato Paste, All Purpose White Flour, Low Sodium Chicken Broth, Dried Oregano, Salt, Black Pepper 
  • Freezer: Ground Chicken, diced Onion, minced Garlic, baby spinach leaves
  • Optional Topping: Sour Cream

10.  Chickpea Coconut Curry with Veggies

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry over rice in a bowl with red bell pepper, zucchini, onion, coconut milk, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry with Vegetables is a creamy, crunchy, and filled with warm, soothing, yummy flavors. You get nutty roasted chickpeas, with sweet and creamy coconut milk. Then lots of crunch and texture from the sweet red bell pepper, zucchini, and onion. Finally, I took a little inspiration from Thai Curry and added in aeromatic fresh basil, which brings a wonderful fresh finish. It’s all served on top of fluffy rice that soaks up the delicious sauce.

  • Pantry: Long grain White Rice, Coconut oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil, chickpeas, Vegetable Broth, Cornstarch, Coconut Milk, Curry Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Honey, Salt, Ground Black Pepper
  • Freezer:  Sliced Raw Red Bell Pepper, diced onion, minced garlic, minced ginger, basil leaves
  • Non-Pantry/Non-Freezer Items:  This recipe has zucchini, which frankly does not freeze well without getting mushy, so I would look to other veggies, such as broccoli or carrots if you do not have fresh zucchini. 

Once again, be sure to get these printable Cheat Sheets for more tips and ideas:

Homemade Cauliflower Gnocchi Recipe in Tomato Sauce

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Soft and silky, but also hearty and filling! These Cauliflower Gnocchi are the perfect little vessel for a delicious sauce. This Cauliflower Gnocchi recipe is a healthier version to traditional gnocchi, because it’s made with cauliflower! But you don’t even taste the cauliflower, only the soft pillowy goodness. Add my simple and quick Tomato Sauce and you have soft pillows of heaven.

These little gnocchi are also fantastic because you can make a ton and freeze them!  Before cooking them in water, freeze them on a sheet pan.  Then transfer them to storage containers and store in the freezer for up to 4 months.  Click here to get my printable cheat sheet with 10 Freezer Hacks to make easy dinners!

Cauliflower Gnocchi cut on marble.  They are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth!  Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower

Why You Should Make Your Own Gnocchi

First, it’s easy!  I know, I know, it’s obviously easier to buy them already made.  But, unlike pasta, there is no rolling out the dough forever or needing a pasta machine.  Nope, this one can be as rustic as you want and only requires your hands!

And, since it’s so easy, it’s fun to make these with kids or friends!  So, have a Gnocchi-Making Party!  It’s a great excuse to get together.  It’s also a great way to bond with the kiddos and get them in the kitchen with you.

Finally, you can make them healthy!  This version has cauliflower, potato, and gluten free flour.  But you can make them with sweet potatoes or butternut squash or pumpkin.  And when you make anything from scratch, you know exactly what’s going in.  For gnocchi, that means no added preservatives or ingredients you cannot pronounce.

Here are some other sauces that I’ve made with pasta that would taste fantastic with this Cauliflower Gnocchi Recipe:

Whole Cauliflower for Cauliflower Gnocchi, which are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower

CAULIFLOWER HEALTH BENEFITS!

Cauliflower is not only versatile, it’s a great Low-Carb diet food full of health benefits!  While it’s low in carbs, it’s high in Fiber and contains so many vitamins and minerals.  Cauliflower is a Cruciferous Veggie, just like Broccoli and Kale, which we all know are extremely good for us.  So, it also contains important Antioxidants which can help to reduce the risk for heart disease and may have anti-cancer effects.  

Try these other delicious and healthy Cauliflower recipes:

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR CAULIFLOWER GNOCCHI RECIPE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

For this recipe, you can make and cut the gnocchi ahead and then freeze them before cooking them in water.  Then simply add them to boiling water while frozen to cook.  You can also make the sauce in advance and warm in a skillet and then toss the gnocchi in to combine.

Cut your cauliflower into small florets.  Peel the potato and cut into small dices.  Immediately add the potato to cold water in a small pot so it doesn’t brown.

Cauliflower florets for Cauliflower Gnocchi, which are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower

Cook the cauliflower and potato in separate pots.  Place the cauliflower in a large pot with about 2 inches of water. Bring to a simmer, cover the pot and steam until the cauliflower is fall apart tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Bring the potato to a boil and then simmer until fork-tender, 10 to 12 minutes.  Drain well.

Cut raw potatoes in pot for Cauliflower Gnocchi, which are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower

Drain the cauliflower and then put it in a dish towel and squeeze any  excess water out.

Cooked cauliflower in dish towel for Cauliflower Gnocchi, which are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower

Ringing out cooked cauliflower in dish towel for Cauliflower Gnocchi, which are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower

While the cauliflower and potato are still hot, mash them together until the mixture is smooth (use a potato ricer if you have one). Mix in the flour, Parmesan, salt and pepper.

Cooked cauliflower and potato in dish for Cauliflower Gnocchi, which are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower

Mashed cauliflower and potato in dish for Cauliflower Gnocchi, which are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower

Flour added to mashed cauliflower and potato in dish for Cauliflower Gnocchi, which are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower

Flour, cauliflower and potato mixed in dish for Cauliflower Gnocchi, which are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower  

Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the eggs. Mix well to combine.

Mixing egg in center of cauliflower gnocchi dough in dish for Cauliflower Gnocchi, which are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower

Mixing egg into cauliflower gnocchi dough in dish for Cauliflower Gnocchi, which are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower

Separate dough into three-four equal parts and roll out into 1/2-3/4″ diameter ropes on a surface dusted lightly with cornstarch. Cut the ropes of dough into 1″ pieces.

Cornstarch on surface for cauliflower gnocchi dough.  These Gnocchi are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower

Rolling out gnocchi dough into ropes on surface for cauliflower gnocchi dough.  These Gnocchi are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower

Cutting gnocchi on surface for cauliflower gnocchi.  These Gnocchi are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower

Roll each piece across the tines of a fork to create ridges. Set aside on a cornstarch-dusted baking sheet.

Rolling gnocchi on fork on for cauliflower gnocchi.  These Gnocchi are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower

COOK YOUR CAULIFLOWER GNOCCHI RECIPE! 

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the gnocchi to the pot and cook until they float to the surface, 3 to 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon,  transfer them to sheet pan while the rest cook. Cauliflower gnocchi cooking in boiling water.  These Gnocchi are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower

Transfering cooked cauliflower gnocchi from water to sheet pan.  These Gnocchi are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower

Cooked cauliflower gnocchi in sheet pan.  These Gnocchi are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower

For this recipe, I went with a very simple and traditional tomato sauce.  My version cooks up fast since you are spending more time making the gnocchi from scratch.  It’s the perfect sauce to go with these hearty gnocchi!  You could also go with a simple garlic butter sauce…yum!

ENJOY! 😍 Carrie

Cauliflower Gnocchi in tomato sauce on plate with parmesan and parsley. They are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflowerGnocchi on plate with parmesan and parsley. Cauliflower Gnocchi are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower

Homemade Cauliflower Gnocchi Recipe in Tomato Sauce

Soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! These Cauliflower Gnocchi are the perfect little vessel for a delicious sauce.  This Cauliflower Gnocchi recipe is a healthier version to traditional gnocchi, because it's made with cauliflower!  But you don't even taste the cauliflower, only the soft pillowy goodness. Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and you have soft pillows of heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower #familydinner #Pasta #italianrecipes

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword cauliflower, gluten free, gnocchi
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Gnocchi

  • 1 head Cauliflower about 4 cups florets
  • 1 Large russet potato
  • 3.5 cups Gluten-free all-purpose flour (such as Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 Large eggs
  • Cornstarch (for surface for rolling out)

Tomato Sauce

  • 28 oz 28 oz San Marzano Tomatoes, whole peeled 
  • 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Vegetable Base (such as Better than Bouillon brand)
  • 1 cup water (or replace water and vegetable base with 1 cup Vegetable broth)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1 tsp Oregano (or Italian Seasoning Blend)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated for garnish
  • 1 tbsp Italian Flat leaf Parsley for garnish

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Mince the garlic for the sauce and store in the fridge until ready to use. Cut your cauliflower into small florets.  Peel the potato and cut into small dices.  Immediately add the potato to a small pot and cover with cold water so it doesn’t brown.

    Cauliflower florets for Cauliflower Gnocchi, which are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower
  2. Place the cauliflower florets in a large pot with about 2 inches of water. Bring to a simmer, cover the pot and steam until the cauliflower is fall-apart tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.

    Cauliflower florets in pot for Cauliflower Gnocchi, which are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower
  3. While the cauliflower cooks, also bring the potatoes to a boil and then simmer until fork-tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain well.

    Cut raw potatoes in pot for Cauliflower Gnocchi, which are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower
  4. Drain the cauliflower and then put it in a dish towel and squeeze any excess water out.

    Ringing out cooked cauliflower in dish towel for Cauliflower Gnocchi, which are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower
  5. While the cauliflower and potato are still hot, mash them together until the mixture is smooth (use a potato ricer if you have one). Mix in the flour, Parmesan, salt and pepper.

    Mashed cauliflower and potato in dish for Cauliflower Gnocchi, which are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower
  6. Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the eggs. Mix well to combine.

    Mixing egg in center of cauliflower gnocchi dough in dish for Cauliflower Gnocchi, which are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower
  7. Separate dough into three-four equal parts and roll out into 1/2-3/4″ diameter ropes on a surface dusted lightly with cornstarch. Cut the tubes of dough into 1″ pieces.

    Cutting gnocchi on surface for cauliflower gnocchi. These Gnocchi are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower
  8. Roll each piece across the tines of a fork to create ridges. Set aside on a cornstarch-dusted baking sheet.

    Rolling gnocchi on fork on for cauliflower gnocchi. These Gnocchi are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower

Cook Gnocchi

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the gnocchi to the pot and cook until they float to the surface, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain well.

    Transfering cooked cauliflower gnocchi from water to sheet pan. These Gnocchi are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower

Make Sauce

  1. Add the olive oil and the minced garlic and stir to combine and cook for 1 minute. Add the vegetable base and water or Broth and stir.

    Adding vegetable base to garlic and water in pan for cauliflower gnocchi. These Gnocchi are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower
  2. Add the tomatoes and break them up with a spatula.  Mix to combine.  Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.  TIP: If you do not have a cover for your skillet, you can use a sheet pan or just aluminum foil.

  3. Add your cooked gnocchi to the tomato sauce and stir to combine. Sprinkle parmesan and parsley over top and enjoy!

    Cauliflower Gnocchi in tomato sauce on plate with parmesan and parsley. They are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower

Gnocchi on plate with parmesan and parsley. Cauliflower Gnocchi are soft, silky, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth! Made with cauliflower, they're a healthier version to traditional gnocchi! Add my simple Garlic Butter Sauce or Tomato Sauce and they are heaven.  #dinnerideas #gnocchi #cauliflower