Get into the fall spirit with this one-pan gnocchi with a creamy pumpkin sauce. Some pumpkin and other squash sauces can be cloyingly sweet, but not this one--it's savory all the way, thanks to the bacon, garlic and thyme. Instead of being boiled, a package of store-bought gnocchi--one of our favorite convenience products--is browned and crisped in a little bit of bacon fat. Then the sauce (made with canned pumpkin--another great convenience product) is prepared right in that same pan, so cleanup is minimal too. Serve with a simple green salad for an easy dinner that comes together in 30 minutes.

Carolyn Casner
Source:, September 2019


Recipe Summary

30 mins
30 mins
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Instructions Checklist
  • Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel-lined plate. Add gnocchi to the pan with the bacon fat and cook, stirring often, until plumped and starting to brown, about 5 more minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

  • Add oil and onion to the pan; cook, stirring, until softened and starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and thyme; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Whisk milk and cream cheese in a small bowl; add to the pan along with pumpkin and pepper. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to maintain the simmer and cook, stirring, until thickened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the bacon, gnocchi and Parmesan; cook, stirring, until heated through, about 2 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts

343 calories; protein 11.3g; carbohydrates 56.5g; dietary fiber 3g; sugars 6.1g; fat 8.7g; saturated fat 3.1g; cholesterol 15.9mg; vitamin a iu 7374.5IU; vitamin c 6.4mg; folate 18.1mcg; calcium 140.5mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 24.4mg; potassium 275.3mg; sodium 544.9mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
Loved it! I'd love to see this recipe modified with other veggies. The gnocchi has so much flavor. I made exactly as listed and it was perfect. It honestly tasted restaurant quality. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
WOW! I actually substituted roasted mashed butternut squash instead of pumpkin and it was fantastic. This was easy to make and pretty fast too. It tasted like a rich cheesy pasta dish from a restaurant but much healthier. I will be making this again. Read More