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Gnocchi with Quick Meat Sauce


This hearty meal is ready in just 30 minutes. Store-bought gnocchi (Italian for "dumplings") cook in just a few minutes, so they're faster than pasta. You'll have extra meat sauce left over to make Summer Beef-and-Rice Casserole later in the week.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: Andrew Purcell

Source: Everyday Food, September 2012


  • 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)


  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. 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.

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  • renitaalbert
    17 MAY, 2017
    Unfortunately, this sauce was not quick to make. It took me almost 30 minutes to shred the carrots.The sauce was extremely plain and had no taste to it. I had to dump lots of cheese for flavor. I would not recommend this recipe. Sorry Martha!
  • jlhendr31ymail
    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.
  • pleasantdream
    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!
  • rpalma
    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.