Savory Marinara Cauliflower Gnocchi Delight


Embark on a culinary journey with our Savory Marinara Cauliflower Gnocchi Delight, a dish that combines the hearty goodness of cauliflower with the classic Italian flavors of a rich marinara sauce. This recipe reimagines traditional gnocchi, making it not only a healthier option but also a feast for the senses. Perfect for cozy evenings or when you crave something delicious and comforting, this dish promises to satisfy your taste buds and nourish your body.

Savory Marinara Cauliflower Gnocchi Delight

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: Approximately 250 grams (8.8 ounces)

Nutritional Information (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 320 kcal
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 45 g
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Fiber: 6 g
  • Sugar: 8 g
  • Sodium: 480 mg


  • For Cauliflower Gnocchi:
    • 400 grams (14 ounces) cauliflower florets
    • 180 grams (6.3 ounces) all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
    • 1 large egg
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • For Marinara Sauce:
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 400 grams (14 ounces) canned crushed tomatoes
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Steam the cauliflower florets until tender, about 10 minutes. Let them cool slightly, then pulse in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Mix the cauliflower puree with the egg, flour, salt, and pepper in a large bowl until a dough forms. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour.
  3. On a floured surface, roll the dough into long snakes, then cut into 2 cm (about ¾ inch) pieces. Press each piece with a fork to create ridges.
  4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the gnocchi in batches until they float to the top, about 2-3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  5. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the crushed tomatoes, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Add the cooked gnocchi to the marinara sauce and toss to coat. Serve hot, garnished with fresh basil leaves.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Ensure the cauliflower is well-drained to avoid a soggy dough.
  • Be gentle when forming the gnocchi to keep them light and fluffy.
  • For an extra flavor kick, sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese on top before serving.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Can I use store-bought cauliflower rice? Yes, you can use store-bought cauliflower rice to save time. Just ensure it's steamed and dried well before use.
  2. How can I make this gluten-free? Substitute all-purpose flour with your preferred gluten-free flour blend.
  3. Can I freeze the gnocchi? Absolutely! Freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer bag. Boil from frozen, adding a minute or two to the cooking time.

With every bite of our Savory Marinara Cauliflower Gnocchi Delight, you'll discover the joy of eating well and the pleasure of sharing a beautiful meal. This dish not only satisfies your Italian cravings but does so in a way that's both healthy and hearty. Gather around the table, share the love, and let this dish turn simple moments into cherished memories.