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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Gnocchi with Quick Meat Sauce

Store-bought gnocchi (Italian for "dumplings") cook in just a few minutes, so they're faster than pasta.

  • prep: 10 mins
    total time: 30 mins
  • servings: 4
Photography: Andrew Purcell




  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 pounds ground chuck (80 percent lean)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced small
  • 3 carrots, shredded
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) whole peeled tomatoes, pureed in a blender
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen gnocchi, cooked according to package instructions
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan (1 ounce)
  • Fresh basil leaves (optional)

Cook's Note

Store-bought gnocchi (Italian for "dumplings") cook in just a few minutes, so they're faster than pasta.


  1. Step 1

    In a large heavy pot, heat oil over high. Add meat and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until it begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Add onion, carrots, and garlic and cook until meat is browned and onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, add tomato puree, and bring to a rapid simmer.

  2. Step 2

    Cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is slightly reduced, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; transfer 5 cups meat sauce to an airtight container, let cool, then refrigerate for Summer Beef-and-Rice Casserole. Serve remaining sauce over gnocchi, topped with Parmesan and basil, if desired.

Everyday Food, September 2012



Reviews (3)

  • 15 Jul, 2013

    Cannot print recipe? Finding new website design not so helpful. Do not like popups blocking the info I am looking at. Disappointing.

  • 3 Oct, 2012

    The meat sauce is tasty and best of all quick. I wanted to thank you. Your videos have changes the way I feel about cooking. My best to you!

  • 25 Sep, 2012

    My gnocchi didn't seem like it cooked long enough and I had more sauce for some reason, couldn't use all the canned tomatoes. Used about a can and a half. Meat sauce was really good. Looking forward to using in the other recipe which was the main reason I made it. I love everyday food and the videos.