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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Veggie Gnocchi with Spinach and White Beans

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This Veggie Gnocchi with Spinach and White Beans is the healthy gnocchi recipe you have been waiting for! It’s the perfect, easy comfort food to warm you up and keep you satisfied. 

portion of veggie gnocchi in a bowl with the skillet in the background

We seriously can’t get enough of this comforting meal. It’s so flavorful and delicious, and I have been making it for years and years.

It’s one of those meals that we crave because the combination of ingredients is seriously out of this world. Whole wheat gnocchi, spinach, diced tomatoes, white beans, crushed red pepper, fresh basil, lots of garlic and gooey cheese is the reason why we love it so much. 

You can serve this healthy gnocchi recipe for pretty much all occasions. It’s perfect for lunch or dinner, or as a packed meal to take to school or work. It’s also great when you have friends over and want to serve them a hearty meal or when you are heading to a big potluck. So, if you are looking for something that’s extra special, consider this veggie gnocchi!

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Recipe Ingredients & Notes

ingredients for veggie gnocchi
  • Gnocchi: Look for whole wheat gnocchi if you can find it. Trader Joe’s has a great one, and most other grocery stores do too. That way you can increase the fiber and whole grains in your meal!
  • Olive Oil Cooking Spray: Pan frying the gnocchi is critical to getting a great texture and outer crust – and you need extra virgin olive oil cooking spray for that!
  • Greens: You can use any greens you like (chard, kale, etc). I chose frozen spinach to cut down on prep time.
  • White Beans: Cannelini, Navy or Great Northern would all work.
  • Spices: Italian herbs and spices add a ton of flavor without any calories or fat! Don’t skimp on them, and definitely season to taste with salt!

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Cook the gnocchi in boiling water according to package directions. Drain, cool, set aside. Heat 1 tsp oil in a large skillet, and add the onion and garlic – cook for a few minutes until the onions are soft and translucent.

onions and garlic sauteeing in a pan

Step 2: Meanwhile, using olive oil cooking spray, pan fry the gnocchi in a separate skillet until lightly browned.

gnocchi sauteeing in a pan

Step 3: Add the spinach to the skillet with the onion in it, and cook until the spinach defrosts/starts to wilt.

spinach added to onions in a pan

Step 4: Stir in the tomatoes, beans, pepper, Italian seasoning, basil, crushed red pepper and salt to taste – bring to a simmer.

tomatoes and white beans added to spinach and onions in a pan

Step 5: Stir in the gnocchi and sprinkle with the Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

shredded cheese added to gnocchi in a pan

Step 6: Cover and cook until the cheese is melted and bubbling, about 3-5 min.

finished veggie gnocci in a pan

What Makes This Veggie Gnocchi Healthy?

  • Low-Calorie: You can enjoy a large serving of this healthy gnocchi recipe, and it’s only about 300 calories! Consider that with the fact it’s hearty and loaded with nutrients and you have a huge win. 
  • Protein: Another great reason to munch on this vegetarian gnocchi is the fact that it has 15 grams of protein in every serving. Protein helps keep you full and satisfied, and is one of the building blocks for your body’s health!
  • Vitamins and Minerals: Folate, copper, iron, manganese, fiber, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, vitamin A, magnesium, and selenium are just a few of the nutrients that you get in this dish. It’s amazing that it tastes this good, and it’s also super nutritious for you too. 

Will Kids Enjoy This Veggie Gnocchi?

The fact that it has lots of gooey cheese on top for sure helps kids love it! Kids also tend to like the texture of gnocchi, similar to how most kids like pasta. They will be drawn in by how good it looks, the aroma of it, and the fact that it tastes really good too. The gnocchi, cheese, and beans are all ingredients that many kids love. 

veggie gnocchi with spinach and white beans served in a large skillet

Recipe FAQs

What is Gnocchi?

Gnocchi is an Italian dish that is typically made with potato dumplings. It’s very flavorful and has gained lots of popularity over the years. While there are TONS of different recipes out there, I chose to use whole wheat gnocchi to make it extra healthy. Traditional recipes aren’t always the best for you, so that’s why I wanted to prepare something that worked for our lifestyle and tasted good too.

What Do You Serve With Vegetarian Gnocchi?

You can serve all sorts of dishes with this healthy gnocchi recipe. Sometimes we eat it plain without anything else with it. Other times we add some tasty sides to complete the meal. Here are a few ideas that I think you may enjoy. 
Salad: The perfect way to complete your dinner table is always a tasty salad. It goes with almost anything, and you can make a variety of flavors with few ingredients. Try this Spinach and Arugula Salad
Bread: Dinner rolls, pita, garlic bread, toast, or anything else you enjoy is a great fit. You can also serve it alongside this Mushroom Flatbread as part of a bigger spread.
Roasted Veggies: I know there are a lot of veggies in this spinach gnocchi recipe, but we love to eat roasted vegetables too. They are so delicious we feel like you can never have too many!

Recipe Variations

  • Consider adding a different variety of cheese on top. Swiss, gouda, cheddar, provolone, and asiago are a few options that would be good. 
  • Sun-dried tomatoes would be a love twist of flavor to add to the homemade gnocchi. Add ¼ – ½ cup to the mixture and enjoy!
  • Sprinkle any of your favorite fresh herbs on top before serving. Oregano, parsley, or rosemary would all be suitable options to consider. 
  • Try any combination of veggies you like! Asparagus, carrots, zucchini or summer squash, sweet potatoes, chard, kale, and butternut squash would all work well.

Top Tips For Making The Best Veggie Gnocchi

  • Don’t over boil the gnocchi, or it will end up with more of a slimy texture that’s not too appealing. 
  • Make sure you pan fry the gnocchi! That’s critical to maintaining it’s texture when it’s added to the other ingredients.
  • Another thing not to overcook is the spinach. Once it has defrosted and barely starts to wilt, it’s good. 
  • To make this spinach gnocchi gluten free, substitute a cauliflower gnocchi or gluten free gnocchi instead of the whole wheat variety.
  • To make this skillet gnocchi vegan, just omit the cheese or use a vegan alternative.
finished healthy gnocchi recipe in a pan

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veggie gnocchi with spinach and white beans served in a large skillet
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Veggie Gnocchi with Spinach and White Beans

This Veggie Gnocchi with Spinach and White Beans is the healthy gnocchi recipe you have been waiting for! It’s the perfect, easy comfort food to warm you up and keep you satisfied. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 300.9kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 sprays olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 16oz package whole wheat gnocchi
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 16oz package frozen spinach
  • 1 15oz canned diced tomatoes with Italian seasonings added
  • 1 15oz can of white beans cannelini, great northern, or navy beans
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ cup part skim Mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper more or less to taste
  • 1-2 tsp fresh basil
  • 2-3 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp Salt more to taste

Instructions

  • Cook the gnocchi in boiling water according to package directions. Drain, cool, set aside.
  • Heat 1 tsp oil in a large skillet, and add the onion – cook for a few minutes
  • Add the garlic, cook until the onion is soft and translucent (4-6 min)
  • Meanwhile, using olive oil cooking spray, pan fry the gnocchi in a separate skillet until lightly browned
  • Add the spinach to the skillet with the onion in it, and cook until the spinach defrosts/starts to wilt
  • Stir in the tomatoes, beans, pepper, basil, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper and salt to taste – bring to a simmer
  • Stir in the gnocchi and sprinkle with the Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese
  • Cover and cook until the cheese is melted and bubbling, about 3-5 min.

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Notes

    Recipe Variations
    • Consider adding a different variety of cheese on top. Swiss, gouda, cheddar, provolone, and asiago are a few options that would be good. 
    • Sun-dried tomatoes would be a love twist of flavor to add to the homemade gnocchi. Add ¼ – ½ cup to the mixture and enjoy!
    • Sprinkle any of your favorite fresh herbs on top before serving. Oregano, parsley, or rosemary would all be suitable options to consider. 
    • Try any combination of veggies you like! Asparagus, carrots, zucchini or summer squash, sweet potatoes, chard, kale, and butternut squash would all work well.
    Top Tips For Making The Best Veggie Gnocchi
    • Don’t over boil the gnocchi, or it will end up with more of a slimy texture that’s not too appealing. 
    • Make sure you pan fry the gnocchi! That’s critical to maintaining it’s texture when it’s added to the other ingredients.
    • Another thing not to overcook is the spinach. Once it has defrosted and barely starts to wilt, it’s good. 
    • To make this spinach gnocchi gluten free, substitute a cauliflower gnocchi or gluten free gnocchi instead of the whole wheat variety.
    • To make this skillet gnocchi vegan, just omit the cheese or use a vegan alternative.
    Adapted from EatingWell

    Nutrition

    Calories: 300.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 51.3g | Protein: 15.2g | Fat: 4.8g | Saturated Fat: 1.7g | Cholesterol: 7.4mg | Sodium: 915mg | Potassium: 587mg | Fiber: 7.3g | Sugar: 2.6g

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    30 responses to “Veggie Gnocchi with Spinach and White Beans”

      • Hi Cindy! Yes absolutely – I always rinse & drain canned beans. Hope that helps and I hope you enjoy this recipe!

      • Hi Lindsay, thanks for your feedback! So actually, the gnocchi I used from Trader Joe’s specifically had directions to first boil the gnocchi and then pan fry it. It turned out perfectly crisp on the outside and buttery on the inside. It might work differently with different types of gnocchi, and especially if you make the gnocchi from scratch the directions would be different. But for the packaged version I used, the directions I have in the recipe are the right ones! Thanks again!

    1. I made this for the first time and it came out great! It was pretty simply and tasted delicious! My whole family enjoyed it.

    2. This dish is AMAZING!!! My husband & I love your blog and have been cooking from it quite a bit lately; this has been my favorite recipe so far!

    3. I actually made this last week! I found it in a magazine and my kids are really into gnocchi lately. I posted a recipe on my FB page that my son came up with last night. My cousin Lisa told me about your blog and recipe. I have been looking around and it all looks very yummy.

    4. I LOVE how everything can be bought at Trader Joe’s. I’m going to be posting a post very soon about making homemade pizza with everything from TJ’s 🙂 Onto serious business: this gnocchi dish is absolutely scrumptious and droolworthy ::drool::

      • oh! haha it’s extra virgin olive oil spray 🙂 You can find it at Trader Joe’s and other grocery stores. I love it – use it in most of my cooking – great substitute for regular extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)!

    5. Wow this looks great and is right on time. I cooked half a pack of gnocchi the other night and was trying to decide how I wanted to prepare the rest. Thanks!

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