I made the recipe as followed, and found it horribly bland. It just did not taste much of anything, and I couldn't tell there were any spices at all in the dish. Not surprising as this recipe relies on all the spices from your canned tomatoes. Also, there is no salt in this recipe -- probably relying on the canned tomatoes and cheese but my tomatoes had no salt added.
So, the quick fix was to simply add spices! I added some salt and more pepper. I then generously sprinkled Dried Oregano, Basil, and Thyme and mixed it until the flavor got where I wanted it spice wise.
I topped the dish with fresh basil as well for an added burst of freshness.
In the end after adding the additional spices, it was a good and very filling meal. The gnocchi and beans fill you up fast! I did not miss the meat in this dish at all.