Cheesy Baked Pumpkin Gnocchi with Kale

Cheesy Baked Pumpkin Gnocchi with Kale. Made with gruyere, mozzarella and parmesan, this dish is a cheese lovers dream. And the addition of seasonal pumpkin & kale makes it perfect for the Fall. 

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I’m bringing on all the fall vibes today with this dish. 

Baked Gnocchi with Pumpkin & Kale 

Oh, and loads of cheese too… 

While you can make homemade gnocchi from scratch, I’m taking a shortcut with this recipe and using store-bought gnocchi. 

How to make Pumpkin Gnocchi 

  • First bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the packaged gnocchi according to the package directions. During the last minute of cook time, add the kale to the water too, to help tenderize it. 
  • Combine canned pumpkin with cream, stock, garlic, thyme, pepper flakes and salt and pepper. 
  • Add in the gnocchi and cheese, and give it a good stir to combine. 
  • Top with a bit more parmesan and bake in a 500-degree oven for 10-15 minutes. 
Gnocchi in baking dish.

While the gnocchi bakes in the oven. It’s the perfect time to open that bottle of wine… 

Wine pairings for Pumpkin Gnocchi

I selected a couple bottles of Erath wine to pair with this gnocchi. 

First up, their Pinot Noir. Hearty and fruit-forward, its earthy aromas and bright acidity balanced out the rich gnocchi nicely.

Second, I opened up a bottle of their Pinot Gris. It had a nice, balanced acidity that really stood up well to the creamy, cheese sauce. 


As written, this dish is vegetarian. It makes a great side dish, especially for Thanksgiving dinner. However, if you’d like to make it a bit more hearty, you could add in a pound of browned Italian sausage or turkey sausage. You could also brown up and slice some chicken breasts and add them into the mix. 

Feel free to use whatever cheeses you have on hand. Fontina, cheddar, and pecorino would all work well here. 

Overhead close up of bowl of baked gnocchi.
OVerhead shot of two bowls of baked gnocchi next to bottle of wine.

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Pumpkin Gnocchi Recipe

Cheesy Baked Gnocchi with Pumpkin & Kale. Made with gruyere, mozzarella and parmesan, this dish is a cheese lovers dream. And the addition of seasonal pumpkin & kale makes it perfect for the Fall.
4.84 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people



  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees and lightly grease a large oven-safe skillet or casserole dish. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Cook the gnocchi according to package directions, adding the kale for the last minute. Drain the gnocchi and kale, set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, cream, garlic, thyme, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper. Add the gnocchi and kale, gruyere, mozzarella and ½ cup parmesan and toss to combine.
  • Transfer the gnocchi to the baking dish, then sprinkle with the remaining parmesan cheese. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until golden and bubbly. Enjoy!
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Baking Dish


Calories: 421kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 1064mg | Potassium: 185mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3080IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 496mg | Iron: 4mg

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This post was originally published in 2021. It was updated in 2022.

8 thoughts on “Cheesy Baked Pumpkin Gnocchi with Kale”

  1. 5 stars
    PERFECT fall recipe! We’re a “crispy gnocchi or die” household, so I opted to brown the gnocchi in a skillet with butter instead of boiling and, since I already had a 500° oven, I tossed the kale in the oven until the edges browned up a bit before continuing with the recipe as written. Sooooooo good!


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