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If you’ve heard of, or better still made, marry me chicken, you might be wondering about similar dishes, in which case read on. You’re going to love this creamy Tuscan marry me gnocchi. This one-skillet wonder features soft and pillowy potato gnocchi smothered in a rich and flavorful sauce packed with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and a creamy, garlicky parmesan sauce. The best part? It all comes together in just 25 minutes in one pan, making it the perfect quick and easy weeknight dinner.

A plate of creamy Tuscan marry me gnocchi topped with grated cheese and fresh basil leaves, with a fork and a bowl of garnish in the background.

Comfort food fans will rave about this amazing marry me gnocchi recipe. It’s rich and creamy and perfect for any dinner, whether or not you’re planning to propose!

Fans of gnocchi recipes might also enjoy sweet potato gnocchi with garlic sauce, campfire gnocchi foil packets, or this French onion gnocchi that Nonna would be proud to serve up! Lentil soup and venison chili are other hearty dishes you might also enjoy.

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Why You’ll Love It

Easy: You’ll find this one pot meal a breeze to prepare, since all you have to do is add the ingredients to a pot, and stir and cook until done.
Tasty: There’s a reason this is called marry me gnocchi. This wonderful combination of gnocchi, garlic, cream, cheese, sun dried tomatoes and more means this dish is sure to tantalize your tastebuds.
Cozy: This dish makes great comfort food, as it’s rich and creamy with cheesy flavors and soft, pillowy gnocchi, the star of the recipe. Cuddle up with this marry me gnocchi and you’re sure to find it cozy and satisfying.

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Creamy Tuscan Gnocchi Ingredients

A complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below

Potato gnocchi: Store-bought potato gnocchi is fine for this recipe, although you could always make your own if you want to go the extra mile! You can find it in the pasta aisle or with the fresh pasta. If you aren’t a gnocchi lover, you can sub pasta instead.
Heavy cream: This makes the dish rich and creamy.
Grated parmesan cheese: Adds to the creaminess of the dish and gives a tangy flavor.
Chicken broth: For the sauce. You can sub a different broth if you wish, or use chicken stock or chicken bouillon which are very similar and perfect for this delicious sauce.
Spinach: Use fresh baby spinach. I like to remove the tough stalks before using it.
Sun dried tomatoes: Adds a rich, sweet and tangy flavor as well as a contrasting texture.

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How to Make Marry Me Gnocchi

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card

Fry the gnocchi: Heat a tablespoon of the olive oil in a skillet and pan fry the gnocchi for a few minutes over a medium high heat. Transfer it on to a plate.
Start the sauce: Add another splash of olive oil to the skillet, add garlic and cook for a minute over a medium heat. Add the cream, broth, Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper, and parmesan cheese, and whisk.
Finish the creamy sauce: Stir in the sun dried tomatoes, spinach and gnocchi, toss to mix, and simmer for 5 minutes.
Garnish and serve: Serve the gnocchi right away, garnishing each portion with fresh basil or your favorite fresh herbs.

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Substitutions and Variations

Gluten-free option: If you want a gluten-free version, make sure to use gluten-free gnocchi (this one is really good!) and check the chicken broth you’re using is also free from gluten.
Include some protein: You might like to make a creamy sausage gnocchi using Italian sausage or shred some cooked chicken breasts and add those.
Add some wine: A splash of white wine added along with the chicken broth adds more depth to the sauce.
Spice it up: A pinch of red pepper flakes or some hot sauce adds a subtle spicy kick to the dish. You can add other veggies too like roasted red peppers or some roasted chilies (but only a little!)

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Serving Suggestions

Appetizers: A light appetizer like cute heart-shaped pork potstickers would be good with this homemade gnocchi dish.
Side dishes:
Sides are optional but an antipasto salad would be good (this can also be served as an appetizer) or how about some crispy onion rings to add some crunch to the meal? Or fresh bread, preferably warm.
For dessert: Something light would work well here, perhaps dragon fruit ice cream or raspberry truffles?

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How to Store Creamy Gnocchi

Store: Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Freeze: It’s best not to freeze this because the sauce tends to separate.
Reheat: Warm it back up in a pan on the stove, adding a splash of chicken broth if the sauce has thickened too much.

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Top Tips

Zest it up: A squeeze of lemon juice helps cut through the creaminess of the sauce but you only need a few drops.
Drain the tomatoes well: Make sure you drain the oil off the sun dried tomatoes before chopping and adding them to the gnocchi, or else the sauce will be greasy.
Serve with wine: Marry me gnocchi is wonderful served with a chilled Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc to cut through the rich creaminess. You can add a splash to the sauce too! And why not watch Marry Me (the movie) after you eat?

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Creamy Gnocchi FAQs

What kind of protein can you serve with this?

Marry me gnocchi recipes can be served with or without protein. You can serve this with anything from chicken breasts or a filet mignon to a lobster tail. Perhaps garnish it with crispy pancetta on top. Or you can enjoy the dish without meat or fish, as you prefer.

Can you make a vegetarian version?

Yes, just swap the chicken broth for vegetable broth.

Can you add more vegetables?

Sure you can. Thinly sliced cremini mushrooms might be good, or you could try zucchini ribbons or minced red bell peppers, any of which would be wonderful cooked until tender, swimming in the rich creamy sauce with the gnocchi.

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Creamy Tuscan Gnocchi Recipe

5 from 3 votes

Creamy Tuscan Marry Me Gnocchi

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Comfort food fans will rave about this amazing marry me gnocchi recipe. It's rich and creamy and perfect for any dinner, whether or not you're planning to propose!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 16 Ounces gnocchi
  • 2 Cloves garlic, minced
  • Cups heavy cream
  • 1 Cup chicken broth
  • 1 Teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ Cup parmesan cheese, shredded, plus more for garnish
  • ½ Cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 1 Cup spinach, fresh, chopped
  • basil, fresh, chopped, optonal for garnish

Instructions 

  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the gnocchi and fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the gnocchi from the skillet and set aside on a plate.
  • In the same skillet, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, for about 1 minute.
  • Add the heavy cream, chicken broth, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese. Whisk the sauce until it starts to thicken.
  • Next, add the sun-dried tomatoes, spinach and gnocchi to the skillet. Gently toss to combine. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with chopped fresh basil.

Notes

Zest it up: A squeeze of lemon juice helps cut through the creaminess of the sauce but you only need a few drops.
Drain the tomatoes well: Make sure you drain the oil off the sun dried tomatoes before chopping and adding them to the gnocchi, or else the sauce will be greasy.
Serve with wine: Marry me gnocchi is wonderful served with a chilled Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc to cut through the rich creaminess. You can add a splash to the sauce too! 

Nutrition

Calories: 612kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 1060mg | Potassium: 374mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2252IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 5mg
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This creamy Tuscan marry me gnocchi is rich, creamy and utterly indulgent. It’s the kind of dish you’d make for a special occasion like an anniversary or birthday. You can make your own gnocchi or use fresh gnocchi from the store, since most grocery stores carry it. The recipe is similar to marry me chicken but features soft, pillowy gnocchi instead of the chicken breasts.

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.

 

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