Garlic + Kale Baked Gnocchi

Kale + Garlic Baked Gnocchi

If you like baked macaroni you are gonna LOVE this recipe.

Best baked gnocchi recipe

I was making this one night for Trey and I (I practice a lot of things you see here on the blog on him). And we had another couple join us for dinner as well.

I made a side dish, so this could stretch to feed four pretty easily. And I’m happy to report that everyone loved this. So, you should totally make it.

How to make baked gnocchiGarlic + Kale Baked Gnocchi, serves two as a meal.

2 big kale leaves, veins removed and chopped (about 1 heaping cup)
3-4 garlic cloves
16 oz. gnocchi (I used mini gnocchi but standard size would work well too)
1 tablespoons olive oil
3-4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable stock (or just more milk is ok too)
1 1/4 cup shredded cheese (I used a cheddar + mozzarella mix)
2/3 cup Panko bread crumbs

Chop up the kale into very small pieces and mince the garlic. In a medium size pot, heat the olive oil over medium/low heat. Cook the garlic and kale in the oil until the kale is bright green and has softened some. Remove to a plate.

In the same pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour until a paste/gravy begins to form. Season with the mustard and cayenne.

Whisk in the milk and stock. Now, add 1 cup of the shredded cheese. Stir so everything combines and the cheese begins to melt.

Homemade baked gnocchiWhile making the cheese sauce, heat a large pot of water until boiling. Season with a little salt. Once boiling add the gnocchi.

Cook for 2-3 minutes, just until all the gnocchi begin to float. Strain.

Pour the cooked gnocchi, kale and garlic into the cheese sauce. Then pour into your baking dish(s). Top with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese and the bread crumbs.

Bake at 400°F for 10-12 minutes until the edges begin to bubble.

Kale + Garlic Baked Gnocchi

If kale isn’t your thing feel free to swap it out with spinach or finely chopped broccoli. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman

  • Yum I made it twice this week! So So delicious

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  • I just made this today and created a slightly German version. I added pieces of chorizo into it because we had some left. Because the German eat kale cooked with potatoes and a sort of salami. It was delicious!! 🙂
    Oh and instead of cheddar I used parmesan 🙂

  • I tried this recipe. Delicious and creamy, tho next time I’ll use less cayenne. It was a little spicy for my family. Love your Blog.

  • Gnocchi is one of my all time favorite dishes!! I cannot wait to try it baked…what a perfect switch up!

  • I’m going to make this tomorrow for dinner . . I wish I could print the recipe, though. Any chance of you lovely girls adding a PRINT button to your recipes? That would be awesome!

  • I’m making this on Saturday along with making my own gnocchi.. WISH ME LUCK!


  • I feel slightly ashamed to admit this, but I have never eaten Gnocchi. Ever. I will have to rectify this, and as there is a bag of Kale in the fridge I think this is the solution. tea tomorrow night is sorted! xx
    P.S. Are there actually people who don’t like baked macaroni? Like seriously?! Do they even HAVE tastebuds?!

  • Hmm. I’m not really sure. Any vegans out there who might have some good tips for emily?


  • Hmmm. Well, actually yes. If you chopped the cauliflower and blanched (cooked in boiling water) until soft to your liking I think you could substitute it for the gnocchi. It would be a very different dish, but it sounds good to me! If you do try it let us know how it goes. Happy cooking!

  • A scrambled egg? That sounds interesting! Is it like fried rice?


  • I made this recipe for supper, thanks so much! I substituted lots of spinach for the kale, and added some parmesan to the recipe as well. We had it with salmon – it was delish!

  • This looks amazingly delicious 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
    the way to my Hart

  • This looks delicious. I love kale and will have to try this!

  • Oh my! Two of my favorite things – gnocchi and kale! Thanks for this delicious post!

  • Oh my goodness, this looks good! Totally suffering from carb cravings, but you’re right: the kale cancels it out! Sooo making this one night this week! Thanks {as always} for the yummy inspiration!

  • This looks so yummy! Can’t wait to try it with spinach.

  • I made this for lunch today and it was delicious! I substituted prepared mustard and used half of the bread crumbs. It was the perfect comfort food for this cold day. This was my first recipe using kale and I think I am hooked!

    I have made so many recipes from your blog now that I have lost count and I have yet to encounter one that doesn’t taste amazing. Thank you for sharing them!

  • I just bought gnocchi! I am so going to make this tonight. Thanks for the recipe:)I just use spinach instead of kale.

  • now THIS looks good. i love gnocchi and while i’ve prepared it a few different ways, i’ve never thought of baking it like a casserole. yum!

  • Do you eat gnocchi on the 29th of each month there too? Here in Uruguay that’s the usual thing, though i hardly ever do it. We put money under the plate as we eat so we’ll be abondant…

  • This looks so good, I’m not a big fan of gnocchi but this is so appetising! x

  • I was wondering what to make for dinner tonight and was just about to start looking at my Pinterest boards, but then I saw this post. I have all these ingredients in the house. So – this will be dinner tonight! Thank you!

  • Do you think it might be possible to make is with cauliflower? Trying to stay away from pasta

  • I would like to eat this immediately. Thank you for sharing!

  • I love trying new recipes over the weekend and this may be happening this weekend. I took me a while to get past the picture as this looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for the idea! 🙂

  • I love kale! I’ll try for sure! I was wondering where did you get the silverware?

  • Great fork…and good-looking recipe too. Thanks, Trey, for being the guinea pig.

  • OMG that looks good and I just so happen to have all the ingredients on hand! Trying this tonight!

  • All I can say is yes, yum, yes. And I’m laughing about your “maybe re-evaluate that” comment:)

  • My husband said he doesn’t like gnocchi, but something tells me he’ll like this one!

  • Hello less guilty comfort food! I think I know what to do with that kale in the fridge now… Thanks!

  • Looks so yummy! It makes me hungry at this time of the day, great idea for Valentine´s day, I´ll prepare it for dinner and he´ll get me a beautiful handbag that I´m in love with 🙂

  • So I just made a Garlicky Kale and Gnocchi dish last night, sans excessive cheese, but Cheers to great minds thinking a like! Just wish I was ninja fast so I could have posted mine first HA!

  • Yes, kale definitely cancels out all carbs and cheese. And calories. Who doesn’t like baked macaroni?! Do those people really exist? This looks quite incredible and worth trying.

  • This sounds fantastic, I love mac n cheese so adding kale will make me feel much better about eating too much of it.

  • It looks heavenly! I’ve never tried gnocchi, but it looks very delicious!

    Sofie x
    Little green Sofie

  • I am def planning Valentine’s day treats, and this is now on the list! It is totally easier than I thought it would be and yeah…anything with kale in it makes it “healthier” in my book!

  • That looks so amazing that its making my mouth watery. Yummy for sure I have to try this next for dinner.

  • Hi! Love this recipe and will be trying it for sure. I’ve just written a post about my favourite blogs and have featured you guys, thanks for being awesome and keep it up! Kim x

  • Baked gnocchi is my fave! So yummy with just a bit of tomato sauce, some mushrooms and heaps of cheese!

    Love this recipe!

    xx Becky

  • Talk about comfort food! This looks amazing! Perfect for the Minnesota snow storms!

  • Yum! I’ve made something similar but it was much less healthy. Despite having spinach it was loaded with goat cheese and heavy cream to haha.

  • This is such a great idea for a healthier version of Macaroni! Thanks Emma!


  • Made this tonight and OH MY GOODNESS it was so good!
    I made it without baking it and it was still amazing!


  • I’m always looking for new kale recipes, so this is perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  • oh my gosh that sounds and looks amazing
    it’s always fun to find new ways to use kale and this looks perfect 🙂

  • I share your love of baked macaroni and cheese. This looks so amazing! Thanks Emma!!

  • I love recipes with packaged Gnocchi that aren’t just Gnocchi + Pasta Sauce! I make a version with scrambled eggs that is great too.

  • ohhh wow! this look wonderful! gnocchi is probably my favorite food. mmmm! 🙂

  • I just can’t even look at this! I can’t eat for two days thanks to a medical procedure I have coming up— but you better BET I have this bookmarked for directly after!

  • This looks so amazingly good!
    I am actually in the Springfield area about to head to Farmers Gastropub for dinner!

  • oh my goodness emma this looks absolutely delicious!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}


    I’ve been using kale a lot lately, have a look!


  • I just ate and after seeing this I’m hungry again

    The Artistically Challenged: Beauty, Fashion, Music, Lifestyle Blog

  • oh I just bought some gnocchi. I haven’t tried it baked, I’ll have to give it shot. Thanks, it looks delish!

  • Wow…it’s only breakfast here in Australia yet I am craving this so bad. You girls are amazing

    Sam //

  • wow! I love this! I make homemade gnocchi often because it freezes often and is really versatile, but why why WHY have I never thought to BAKE it!? Thank God for your creative mind + cooking skills, Emma! I can’t wait to try this on my next batch of gnocchi now!


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