Table of Contents
  1. Why this recipe works.
  2. Everything you’ll need to make this recipe.
  3. Here’s how to make this recipe.
  4. These pro tips will make this recipe a success.
  5. Frequently asked questions about this recipe.
  6. You'll love making these asparagus recipes.
  7. Watch how to make this recipe.
  8. Have I convinced you to make this recipe?
  9. Sheet Pan Gnocchi Recipe

When it comes to weeknight meals, they need to be easy to prepare with little time commitment. And this sheet pan gnocchi with bacon, asparagus, and peas truly delivers on that premise. Cook some bacon quickly, chop up asparagus, toss it all together on a sheet pan, and this meal comes together in minutes. Plus, it’s perfect to welcome the flavors of spring!

Why this recipe works.

Gnocchi is a potato dumpling that takes the center of a meal, much like pasta. Homemade gnocchi is great, but store-bought gnocchi can be just as delicious when treated properly. This is a weeknight gnocchi meal. Homemade gnocchi is a weekend project, but this will be a meal in a matter of minutes that is just as impressive. Instead of meat being the center of the dish, bacon plays a supporting role. The bacon fat is used as the oil on the gnocchi and asparagus for a subtle smokey, salty flavor. And the bacon is cubed onto the finished dish. Since gnocchi is made with potatoes, it has the ability to take on and absorb flavor. The asparagus roasts alongside to a crisp-tender texture while the gnocchi becomes plump and meltingly soft at the same time. This meal becomes a weeknight hero that will please the whole family and feel perfectly seasonal.

Large sheet pan filled with roasted gnocchi and asparagus and peas sitting on marble surface with wooden spoon resting on pan after scooping out a serving into a white plate.

Everything you’ll need to make this recipe.

  • Gnocchi can be made at home or purchased in the grocery store as shelf-stable. The shelf-stable gnocchi will keep in your pantry and ready to go any weeknight.
  • Bacon gives an accompanying flavor to the asparagus and the gnocchi. The bacon grease is reserved and used in place of oil to add more flavor.
  • Asparagus is a spring vegetable that roasts quickly and has great texture. The ends can come dry in the grocery store. Make sure to trim off the bottom one inch to maintain the best texture. Make sure to check out all of my asparagus recipes.
  • Peas can easily be purchased frozen and are ready to use. Instead of roasting them, they are added at the end and warmed with residual heat.
  • Lemon zest adds a bright flavor that works well against the rich smoky bacon.
White marble surface filled with all ingredients needed to prepare sheet pan gnocchi with asparagus, gnocchi, bacon, peas, shallot, herbs, spices, and more.

Here’s how to make this recipe.

  1. Prepare the bacon. In a skillet, place the strips of bacon. Let the bacon cook on one side, then flip it over to brown on the other side. Once all of the bacon is crisp, remove it from the skillet and place it on a paper towel-lined plate or pan, leaving the oil in the pan. Set the plate aside while preparing the asparagus.
  1. Prepare the asparagus and gnocchi. Thinly slice the shallot and cut the asparagus into thirds. In a large bowl, combine the gnocchi, sliced shallot, asparagus, lemon zest, salt, and black pepper. Spoon off the desired amount of bacon grease from the skillet that was used to cook the bacon and add it to the bowl as well. Add in the fresh thyme and stir everything together to ensure that the asparagus and gnocchi are thoroughly coated in the grease.
  1. Bake the dish. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, pour the gnocchi mixture. Level everything out to ensure the ingredients will cook evenly. Place the pan in the preheated 425°F oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. 
  1. Finish the recipe. Once the gnocchi mixture has cooked, remove it from the oven and add the frozen and thawed peas right on top. Chop up the bacon and sprinkle it on as well, along with Parmesan cheese and lemon juice. Serve immediately.

These pro tips will make this recipe a success.

  • When cooking the bacon, make sure that the skillet is cold. A cold skillet will slowly render out the fat from the bacon and cook it more evenly.
  • For the most tender and edible asparagus from the store, make sure to trim off the dry bottom part. When asparagus is purchased from the store, it can tend to be dry on the bottom quarter. Removing this portion will make for a more enjoyable recipe.
  • If there is not enough bacon grease from cooking the bacon, the difference can be substituted with olive oil. Additionally, if there is too much bacon grease, reserve the remainder for cooking eggs, potatoes, and other fried items.
White plate with hand scooping serving of sheet pan gnocchi with wooden spoon including asparagus, peas, and sliced shallot.

Frequently asked questions about this recipe.

Is there a different type of oil that can be used in place of the bacon grease?

Can the peas be cooked along with the gnocchi and asparagus?

Can this recipe be made entirely vegetarian?

Yes, simply leave out the bacon and switch up the bacon grease for olive oil. It’s an easy switch and there will still be plenty of flavor in the recipe.

How long does this recipe last once prepared?

Watch how to make this recipe.

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Sheet pan sitting on marble surface with roasted gnocchi, asparagus, bacon, and peas.

Sheet Pan Gnocchi

5 from 6 votes
When it comes to weeknight meals, they need to be easy to prepare with little time commitment. And this sheet pan gnocchi with bacon, asparagus, and peas truly delivers on that premise. Cook some bacon quickly, chop up asparagus, toss it all together on a sheet pan, and this meal comes together in minutes. Plus, it’s perfect to welcome the flavors of spring!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 17-oz pkg gnocchi
  • 2 medium shallots thinly sliced
  • 1 lb asparagus
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp bacon grease
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 ½ cups peas frozen and thawed
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Cook the bacon until browned and crisp on both sides. Once cooked, lay the bacon on paper towels and reserve the rendered bacon grease.
    4 slices bacon
  • Place the gnocchi and the sliced shallot in a large bowl. Trim the dry ends off of the asparagus, removing about 1 inch. Cut the asparagus into bite-size pieces, roughly 1 ½ inches in length. Add the asparagus to the bowl. Add the lemon zest, salt, black pepper, and thyme laves. Drizzle the asparagus and gnocchi with 2 tbsp of reserved bacon grease. Toss the mixture to coat everything evenly and spread it into an even layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
    1 17-oz pkg gnocchi, 2 medium shallots, 1 lb asparagus, 2 tsp lemon zest, 1 tsp kosher salt, ½ tsp black pepper, 2 tbsp bacon grease, 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • Place the prepared baking sheet in the preheated oven. Roast until the asparagus is crisp-tender and the gnocchi are plump, 20-25 minutes.
  • Once roasted, remove the baking sheet from the oven and sprinkle the peas over the hot pan. The residual heat will warm the peas. Crumble the bacon over the gnocchi and sprinkle with lemon juice and grated Parmesan cheese.
    1 ½ cups peas, 1 tbsp lemon juice, ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Notes

  • When cooking the bacon, make sure that the skillet is cold. A cold skillet will slowly render out the fat from the bacon and cook it more evenly.
  • For the most tender and edible asparagus from the store, make sure to trim off the dry bottom part. When asparagus is purchased from the store, it can tend to be dry on the bottom quarter. Removing this portion will make for a more enjoyable recipe.
  • If there is not enough bacon grease from cooking the bacon, the difference can be substituted with olive oil. Additionally, if there is too much bacon grease, reserve the remainder for cooking eggs, potatoes, and other fried items.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 315kcal
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Difficulty Easy
Method Roasting

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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I have tried gnocchi many times and never liked them. Just bland doughy balls. But this tray baked recipe is beyond delicious!!! And the house smelled so good!! I’m now a gnocchi fan. Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    I love gnocchi prepared in a sheet pan, and your combination of ingredients added a fresh, spring flavor. I am looking forward to eating leftovers!

  3. 5 stars
    Easy and delicious! An excellent combination. Not normally a pea lover, but loved them in this dish.

  4. 5 stars
    I just finished eating a bowl of this and it is delicious. My gnocchi said to boil in water for 3-4 minutes so I did. Not sure if that was necessary. But it’s a delicious easy weeknight dinner.

  5. 5 stars
    This came out perfect! My husband loved it and took some to work the next day. The only recommendation I would make is if your oven runs hot like mine does, cook it for the same amount of time but on 375 degrees