Spicy Gnocchi Bread Bowl is a Kaiser roll hollowed out and filled with gnocchi that has been tossed in a creamy, spicy red sauce, all topped and baked with cheese! If you love gnocchi, be sure to try my Corn and Sausage Gnocchi or Gnocchi with Brussels Sprouts.

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Spicy Gnocchi Bread Bowl

As soon as I made the Copycat Carbone’s Spicy Pasta, I knew I had to try the signature creamy light red sauce in other recipes. Well, it just happens to go perfectly with potato gnocchi. And, adding the pasta to a sourdough bread bowl and topping it, and baking it with cheese made for a hearty and savory meal with a little kick.

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Assembling & Baking Spicy Gnocchi Bread Bowls

After the gnocchi has been cooked and blended with the spicy red sauce, it’s time to fill and bake the bowls.

  1. Hollow out each bread loaf, making sure you don’t cut through the bottom. Keep the extra bread tops to bake alongside the bowls.
  2. Place the hollowed-out bread onto the parchment-lined baking sheet.
  3. Make the garlic butter by combining the melted butter, garlic, salt, and parsley in a medium bowl.
  4. Spread the garlic butter inside and around the outside of each bread bowl. (And, don’t forget to add a little butter to the tops of the pieces of bread you took off the bread loaves.)
  5. Add half the spicy gnocchi mixture to each bowl.
  6. Top each with 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
  8. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve warm. The extra bread pieces are delicious dipped in the cheesy gnocchi!
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Can I Make Homemade Gnocchi?

Yes! The most common way to prepare gnocchi is to combine potatoes with flour, forming bite-sized balls of dough.

Here is an easy recipe for Homemade Gnocchi


  • 2 potatoes
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Peel potatoes and add to the pot. Cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, cool, and mash.

Combine 1 cup mashed potato, flour, and egg in a large bowl. Knead until dough forms a ball. Shape small portions of the dough into long “snakes”. On a floured surface, cut snakes into half-inch pieces. You can add texture here by taking each piece and slowly rolling it under a fork. 

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Drop in the gnocchi and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until the gnocchi has risen to the top. Use a hand strainer to remove the gnocchi. Continue with the rest of the recipe.

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Spicy Gnocchi Bread Bowl

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Spicy Gnocchi Bread Bowl is a Kaiser roll hollowed out and filled with gnocchi that has been tossed in a creamy, spicy red sauce, all topped and baked with cheese!


  • 4 bread bowls, or 4-5 inch kaiser rolls, hollowed out

Spicy Gnocchi

  • 16 ounces potato gnocchi, cooked according to package instructions
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 cups (476 g) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup pasta water, reserved from cooked gnocchi, optional as needed

Garlic Butter

  • ½ cup (1 stick/ 113 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon parsley, minced


  • 4 cups (452 g) mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided
  • 1 cup (100 g) parmesan cheese, finely shredded, divided
  • fresh parsley, for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Spicy Gnocchi

  • Heat a large pot of water to boiling, add the gnocchi, and cook them according to the package instructions (about 2-3 minutes), or until they float to the top.
  • Reserve 1 cup of the cooked pasta water and drain the rest. Set the cooked gnocchi and pasta water aside.
  • To a large skillet over medium heat, add oil.
  • Add garlic and cook for about a minute.
  • After the garlic has cooked for no more than a minute, add the tomato paste, heavy cream, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cook these ingredients together until they are heated through.
  • If needed, add a little of the reserved pasta water to the sauce, starting with 1 tablespoon, until you reach the desired consistency.
  • Add the gnocchi and mix everything together until the pasta is coated with the red sauce. Set aside as you prepare the garlic butter.

Garlic Butter

  • In a medium bowl, combine butter, garlic, salt, and parsley. Stir until well combined.


  • Hollow out each bread loaf to form a bread bowl, making sure not to cut through the bottom of the loaf.
  • Spread half the garlic butter equally inside and outside of each bread bowl.
  • Add about 1 cup of spicy gnocchi to each bowl.
  • Top each with 1 cup mozzarella cheese and ¼ cup parmesan cheese.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley and serve warm.


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  1. 5 stars
    Holy smokes!!!! This just became my family’s favorite recipe!!! It is so delicious!! I envied my son who ate the last of it! 🤣 Thank you for creating such an amazing recipe!

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