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Gnocchi is one of the most delicious foods to come out of Italy and if you love these pillowy, chewy little bites, you might like to discover a gnocchi camping recipe. The gnocchi is enclosed in foil packs along with Italian seasonings, vegetables, and more, and cooked over the campfire. Gnocchi foil packets make a delicious meal everyone in the family will love. And if you aren’t camping, try it on the grill or in the oven. If you want to cook al fresco but aren’t sure what to make, consider this easy campfire gnocchi – you’ll love it!

Foil packets containing gnocchi, corn, and tomatoes garnished with herbs, served on a blue plate.

Grab a package of gnocchi from the store, some vegetables and Italian seasonings and get ready for a wonderful campfire dinner with gnocchi foil packets!

Italian food lovers might also love this sweet potato gnocchi recipe, or perhaps something else from Italy such as this authentic minestrone soup, or how about eggplant parmigiana with vodka sauce? Sheet pan Caprese pizza is also tasty!

Gnocchi cooked in foil packets, served with cherry tomatoes on a blue plate and a glass of red juice in the background.

Why You’ll Love This

Easy: Foil pack recipes are so good if you’re camping because you just have to put your ingredients in there and put it on the campfire until cooked. What could be simpler?
Tasty: The delicious combination of gnocchi, vegetables and Italian seasonings might be a relatively basic one but the result is a really delicious meal that everyone will love.
Satisfying: If you’re camping, hiking or doing another activity, you’re going to get hungry at the end of the day and want a good energy boost. Gnocchi isn’t only tasty, it’s satisfying too – so your tastebuds and your belly will be happy!

A bowl of gnocchi in foil packets with roasted cherry tomatoes and corn, garnished with herbs, served on a wooden table with a pot and another dish in the background.

Gnocchi Camping Recipe Ingredients

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

Gnocchi: Choose uncooked gnocchi, either the refrigerated kind if you can keep it chilled until cooking or the shelf-stable kind.
Corn and tomatoes: The way corn kernels pop in the mouth and their sweet flavor add appeal to gnocchi foil packs, and cherry tomatoes are also sweet and tasty. You can use thawed or canned corn and your favorite type of fresh small tomatoes.
Butter: For a rich flavor and moisture. Sub a butter alternative if you prefer.
Seasonings: Garlic, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, and paprika add plenty of wonderful flavor, although you can tweak what you use and how much of each one.

Ingredients for making a campfire gnocchi foil packet recipe arranged on a table, including tomatoes, corn, gnocchi, spices, and butter.

How to Make Campfire Gnocchi Foil Packets

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

Prepare the campfire or grill: Get it nice and hot (around 400 degrees F) and prepare for direct cooking.
Flavor the gnocchi: Toss the gnocchi with melted butter, and then add the seasonings, tomatoes and corn.
Assemble the foil packets: Divide the gnocchi mixture between 4 (12-inch) squares of foil and seal tightly.
Cook, serve and enjoy: Cook the foil packets for about 15 minutes or until the gnocchi is done, rotating halfway through, open (carefully because of the steam!) and serve hot.

Gnocchi, corn and tomatoes grilling in foil on a barbecue.

Substitutions and Variations

Gluten-free option: If you want a gluten-free version, look out for gluten-free gnocchi (made without wheat flour). You can order it online if need be (my fave here).
Dial up (or down) the spice: You can use more red pepper flakes, use cayenne pepper or chili powder instead, or even omit the spice altogether. If some people like spice and others don’t, make their foil packs different or else just offer a bottle of hot sauce on the side.
Different veggies: Not a corn fan? Don’t like tomatoes much? No problem, you can use other ingredients in their place if you want, perhaps summer squash, zucchini, mushrooms, green onions, or eggplant. Don’t add anything too dense (like carrot chunks) because they take much longer to cook than the gnocchi does.
More optional ingredients: Throw in anything you want. You might like to swap the garlic powder and minced garlic for onion powder and minced onion, or add some fresh basil leaves. You could also add a splash of tomato sauce to the cooked gnocchi, or a drizzle of olive oil before serving. Get creative and come up with your own variations!

Gnocchi cooked in foil packets with cherry tomatoes and corn, served in a blue enamel dish on a wooden table.

Serving Suggestions

Appetizers: Camping-friendly appetizers to snack on before dinner include coastal medley trail mix or tropical trail mix.
Side dishes:  
Unless you’re a vegetarian or don’t want to have meat, you might like to pair the campfire gnocchi foil packets with anything from bacon-stuffed burgers or herby New York strip steaks or one of these fantastic foil packet recipes. You could even grill some chicken or your favorite protein and add the foil packets about 15 minutes before the end of the cooking time.
Desserts: Keep the foil packet theme going with a foil packet apple crisp or foil packet banana boats.

A gnocchi foil packet camping recipe with tomatoes and corn on a blue enamel plate.

How to Store Gnocchi Foil Packets

Store: Keep leftovers refrigerated and eat within 2 days.
Freeze: This doesn’t freeze so well, as the tomatoes get mushy and the gnocchi loses some of its bite.
Reheat: Gnocchi isn’t the easiest food to rewarm, so perhaps heat it back up in a pan over a medium heat, bringing it up to a warm room temperature rather than trying to get it piping hot again and risk it falling apart or drying out.

Gnocchi foil packets containing cherry tomatoes and corn on a plate.

Top Tips

Wrap them tight: Foil packs work by trapping steam inside and that’s how the food cooks, so ensure you wrap them nice and tight to keep the steam in (and unwrap carefully!)
Tasty extras: Feel free to customize these and make them your own. You can add onions, bacon bits, and mushrooms before cooking, or even spinach. The foil packs are good served with some freshly shaved parmesan cheese.
Dry the corn: If you’re using canned corn, drain it well. If you’re using thawed corn, pat it dry with paper towels.

Hands holding a blue bowl containing gnocchi foil packets with roasted cherry tomatoes and corn.

Corn and Tomato Gnocchi Foil Packs FAQs

Is gnocchi gluten-free and vegan-friendly?

It depends what type you’re using. Gnocchi is usually made using potatoes, semolina or flour, or a combination. You should be able to find gluten-free gnocchi if you want to use that. Some types are made with egg, so check the ingredients first.

Can you cook these foil packs in the oven?

Yes, you can. To do this, give them about 15 minutes in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F. Don’t forget to rotate halfway through.

How do you pronounce gnocchi anyway?

Gnocchi is pronounced NYOW-kee.

A gnocchi foil packet meal with roasted  cherry tomatoes, and corn opened and served in a blue dish.

Campfire Gnocchi Foil Packets

5 from 9 votes

Gnocchi Foil Packets

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Grab a package of gnocchi from the store, some vegetables and Italian seasonings and get ready for a wonderful campfire dinner with gnocchi foil packets.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 16 Ounces gnocchi
  • 4 Tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic, minced
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ Teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ Teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
  • ¼ Teaspoon paprika, smoked or sweet
  • 2 Cups cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Cups corn kernels, canned or thawed

Instructions 

  • Preheat the BBQ to 400 degrees F and prepare for direct cooking.
  • Cut 4 pieces of aluminum foil, 12 inches wide.
  • In a large bowl, add the gnocchi and pour the melted butter. Mix to coat the gnocchi.
  • Add the garlic powder, minced garlic, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes and paprika. Mix so the gnocchi is coated with the spices.
  • Add the tomatoes and corn. Mix well. Divide equally the mixture onto the 4 pre-cut aluminum foil squares.
  • Close the foil and place on the BBQ grill. Cook for 15 minutes on the preheated BBQ. Rotate after 8 minutes.
  • Open carefully and serve hot.

Notes

Wrap them tight: Foil packs work by trapping steam inside and that’s how the food cooks, so ensure you wrap them nice and tight to keep the steam in (and unwrap carefully!)
Tasty extras: Feel free to customize these and make them your own. You can add onions, bacon bits and mushrooms before cooking, or even spinach. The foil packs are good served with some freshly shaved parmesan cheese.
Dry the corn: If you’re using canned corn, drain it well. If you’re using thawed corn, pat it dry with paper towels.

Nutrition

Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 944mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 803IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 5mg
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Gnocchi foil packets are a great idea if you’re hiking, camping or in the mood to cook al fresco. This is a super-easy recipe. Campfire gnocchi foil packs are quick and easy to put together and you can make them ahead if you want. Pop them over a hot campfire until piping hot and cooked through and enjoy the bold and delicious Italian flavors in every mouthful.

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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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