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This delicious Ham and Cheese Gnocchi is essentially baked mac and cheese! A mouth-watering dish that’s made in about 15 minutes – it doesn’t get better than that!LOVE this Ham & Cheese Gnocchi!! It's kinda like a dreamy baked mac and cheese, but way more grown up and a MILLION times more decadent. Plus it all cooks in one skillet and can be made in 15 mins or less. AMAZING delicious easy dinner!!

Ham and Cheese Gnocchi

Oh my goodness you guys, this Ham and Cheese Gnocchi is one of our new favorite, favorite dinners!! Right after Christmas I was looking for a way to use up some of our leftover ham, and I wanted something ultra cheesy, creamy, warm and comforting. This super cheesy Ham & Cheese Gnocchi nailed it! It’s kinda like a dreamy baked mac and cheese, but way more grown up and a million times more decadent. First of all, gnocchi are basically like little pillows of dumpling goodness sent straight from heaven. Heaven, I tell you! I love gnocchi! Gnocchi and pasta are two things I think I could eat every day for the rest of my life. And when they’re surrounded by a cheesy, creamy sauce and beautiful, crispy ham?? It’s like I’ve died and gone to comfort food heaven. :)

LOVE this Ham & Cheese Gnocchi!! It's kinda like a dreamy baked mac and cheese, but way more grown up and a MILLION times more decadent. Plus it all cooks in one skillet and can be made in 15 mins or less. AMAZING delicious easy dinner!!

The best part about this meal is that it all cooks in one skillet and it can be made in 15 minutes or less. Plus it uses easy ingredients you can always keep on hand. Yes to lightening-fast dinners and super easy clean up! :)

LOVE this Ham & Cheese Gnocchi!! It's kinda like a dreamy baked mac and cheese, but way more grown up and a MILLION times more decadent. Plus it all cooks in one skillet and can be made in 15 mins or less. AMAZING delicious easy dinner!!

Here’s all you’ll need: 1 package Potato Gnocchi — We love the DeLallo brand, and you can also buy gnocchi in bulk at Costco! Perfect for always keeping on hand. :) Cheese — Swiss, Monterey Jack, or Gruyere would be beautiful here, but I used Pepper Jack to give this dish a kick. Butter, chicken broth, whipping cream. Diced onion — I love buying frozen diced onions so I can always have them on hand. Baby sweet peas. And diced ham. I diced and portioned out all of our leftover ham from Christmas, so I just grabbed ours from the freezer. Easy peasy!

LOVE this Ham & Cheese Gnocchi!! It's kinda like a dreamy baked mac and cheese, but way more grown up and a MILLION times more decadent. Plus it all cooks in one skillet and can be made in 15 mins or less. AMAZING delicious easy dinner!!

How to Make Ham and Cheese Gnocchi

Start by melting a tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

LOVE this Ham & Cheese Gnocchi!! It's kinda like a dreamy baked mac and cheese, but way more grown up and a MILLION times more decadent. Plus it all cooks in one skillet and can be made in 15 mins or less. AMAZING delicious easy dinner!!

When the butter is melted and foamy, add 2 cups diced onion. You don’t even have to thaw them first if you are using frozen onions like me. (That’s about 1 whole onion if you’d prefer to dice your own :)).

LOVE this Ham & Cheese Gnocchi!! It's kinda like a dreamy baked mac and cheese, but way more grown up and a MILLION times more decadent. Plus it all cooks in one skillet and can be made in 15 mins or less. AMAZING delicious easy dinner!!

Cook onions until softened and golden brown.

LOVE this Ham & Cheese Gnocchi!! It's kinda like a dreamy baked mac and cheese, but way more grown up and a MILLION times more decadent. Plus it all cooks in one skillet and can be made in 15 mins or less. AMAZING delicious easy dinner!!

Add ham and continue to cook until the ham is lightly browned, then pour in chicken broth and bring to a simmer.

LOVE this Ham & Cheese Gnocchi!! It's kinda like a dreamy baked mac and cheese, but way more grown up and a MILLION times more decadent. Plus it all cooks in one skillet and can be made in 15 mins or less. AMAZING delicious easy dinner!!

Add the gnocchi, stir well, and cover and cook for 5 minutes.

LOVE this Ham & Cheese Gnocchi!! It's kinda like a dreamy baked mac and cheese, but way more grown up and a MILLION times more decadent. Plus it all cooks in one skillet and can be made in 15 mins or less. AMAZING delicious easy dinner!!

Then stir in the peas (if your peas are frozen, go ahead and dump them in frozen!), whipping cream, and plenty of salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and broil until golden and bubbly, about 3 minutes.

LOVE this Ham & Cheese Gnocchi!! It's kinda like a dreamy baked mac and cheese, but way more grown up and a MILLION times more decadent. Plus it all cooks in one skillet and can be made in 15 mins or less. AMAZING delicious easy dinner!!

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LOVE this Ham & Cheese Gnocchi!! It's kinda like a dreamy baked mac and cheese, but way more grown up and a MILLION times more decadent. Plus it all cooks in one skillet and can be made in 15 mins or less. AMAZING delicious easy dinner!!

It could not be any easier! Creamy, cheesy, crispy, gooey perfection. We love this one!! Hope you enjoy!! :)

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Ham and Cheese Gnocchi

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

This delicious Ham and Cheese Gnocchi is essentially baked mac and cheese! A mouth-watering dish that’s made in about 15 minutes – it doesn’t get better than that!

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups diced onion (about 1 whole onion)
  • 12 oz ham, diced
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 (16 oz) package potato gnocchi
  • 1 cup baby sweet peas, frozen
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (Swiss, Monterey Jack, Gruyere, or Pepper Jack)

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until softened and golden brown. Add the ham and continue to cook until lightly browned.
  2. Add the chicken broth and water and bring to a simmer. Add the gnocchi, stir well, and cover and cook for 5 minutes until the gnocchi is tender. Stir in the peas, cream, and plenty of salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and broil until golden and bubbly, about 3 minutes. Enjoy!!

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74 Responses
  1. Crab Dynasty

    made this dish earlier in the week. Really enjoyed it; lots of subtle flavors that really come together for a delicious meal. I’ll definitely be making this again.

  2. Linds

    This has been a part of our regular meal rotation for a while now. It’s so good! I always double it for my family of 5 (plus, we love leftovers!). I personally don’t add the extra water either. It was too watery for my taste before I started dojng that. Overall, its a solid meal and all of my kids approve.

  3. Trista

    Man oh man, is this good!! I have remade this recipe exactly as stated only I sub frozen broccoli for the peas. It is delicious and a super quick weeknight meal. Thanks!

  4. Becky Smith

    I am making this for dinner right now. I changed it up a tiny bit.
    1. I added chopped broccoli instead of peas (only my daughter and I like peas)
    2. After I cooked my onion, petite diced ham and garlic I threw all the other ingredients together and I am baking it like a casserole..

    Looking forward to trying as I am always on the look out for new recipes.

  5. Steph @Table For One

    I FINALLY got around to making this the other night, and it was fantastic! I love the flavor! I never would have thought to put ham with gnocchi. Thanks for this great recipe!

  6. Mirlandra @ Mirlandra's Kitchen

    Yum! I have some leftover ham I need to use up. This looks like a great way to do it. It just looks so creamy and cheesy and delicious! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

  7. diane929

    Just made this for breakfast! YUM! Very, very good! Will definitely try it with turkey smoked sausage next!
    With so many “keepers”, no wonder “kevinandamanda.com” is our favorite go-to recipe blog.
    Thanks, again!

  8. Jade

    We just ate this (well, half of it!) for dinner… and it was fantastic! So quick and easy and it used up my Christmas ham leftovers as well as the leftovers from other holiday get-together things: cheese plate (my luck: swiss and gruyere were what was left!) and the last of the heavy cream and my big carton of chicken broth. It was the PERFECT recipe for clearing out my fridge, but it didn’t taste like it was a clear-out dish at all… it was so delicious and creamy and cheesy! My whole family loved it! Sorry for all the exclamation points, but I’m actually so thrilled with how good it is, truly.

  9. lisa

    Just came across this recipe. Be warned, the ham makes this very salty so don’t add more. I added 1/4 teaspoon before tasting and quickly regretted it. I think this will be an inedible meal. Live and learn.

  10. Janice

    The last part of the instructions….Broil? Do the peas need to cook more than 3 minutes if I add them frozen (not use to peas, as I’ve never been a fan…giving them another chance). Sound yummy…can’t wait to try it….

  11. Lilli

    Thanks so much for this recipe, it’s been added to our regular rotation! It’s the fastest thing I’ve made in forever and best of all there’s gnocchi!

  12. Jenna

    Made this with leftover Easter ham last night – I used pepper jack cheese. Very easy and very yummy! Thanks for the recipe! My husband is not as adventurous when it comes to food, so he wasn’t sure what to think about the potato gnocchi… I liked it, but will probably use shell noodles next time :)

  13. Erin

    I just made this tonight and it was fantastic. I used mini gnocchi and Jack cheese. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  14. Cindra

    Wow! Great recipes and presentation. Love the ideas and Cheesy, Gooey finger licking recipes. I can’t wait to try them out @ next dinner gathering:)) I will refer them to your site! Thanks

  15. Colleen

    I made this tonight for dinner, doubled it, and used Parmesan cheese and muenster cheeses. Also only had fat free half and half. It was huge hit with my three year old, my parents and hubby!!!

  16. Anna M

    I really don’t know if I love you, or hate you… EVERY SINGLE RECIPE on this site is so unreal. I made the cheeseburger-something-delicious pasta the other night, and I’m making this tonight. STOP MAKING ME EAT AMAZING FOOD! In all honesty, though, I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m excited about more recipes to come :D

  17. Amy

    I made a version of this tonight but made some substitutions to meet our tastes. DH is not a ham fan so I used andouille sausage and subbed the peas for broccoli. I also just used 1-1/4 cup chicken broth and no water since I had to open a can anyway. It was very good! DH had seconds, which is always a good sign! I had never used gnocchi before but will again. Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. Nikki @Seeded at the Table

    Oooh! I have some pepperjack cheese in the freezer to use up, and now I’ve got a gnocchi craving! Guess it’s time I add this to our menu plan! :)

  19. TammyO

    This recipe was every bit as good as it looked! It really came together fast! Everyone liked it! Definitely a keeper. Thanks so much for sharing!

  20. Jen and Emily @ Layers of Happiness

    This looks like my kind of dinner… I love me some Mac and Cheese, but chewy Gnocchi instead of elbow noodles?! You’re a genius! This looks like the perfect dish to warm me up, while filling me up on this super cold evening!

  21. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    Oh my goodness! That first shot has my attention for sure! I love gnocchi and with cheese and ham, I can just imagine how doggone good this must be!!! Pinned!

  22. Elaine

    Just made this and it is DELICIOUS & GONE. Note: if you have a teenaged boy, DOUBLE the recipe. He hoovered it up faster than I could say “dinner’s ready!”

  23. Tiffany

    All that cheese looks divine! We love gnocchi at our house. I have a recipe on my blog for Chicken Gnocchi Soup if you’re looking for more gnocchi recipes. :)

  24. Sara

    I just happened to have all the stuff to make this! Well I am using smoked sausage instead of ham and cheddar cheese. Can’t wait for my hubby to text me that he’s on his way home so I can start dinner! Sounds so good. :)

  25. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron

    I love gnocchi! What a fun twist. I can not wait to give this a try Amanda! Also, that photo with all the steam – amazing!!

  26. Susan

    This sounds great! I’m going to sub broccoli for the peas, though. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us

    P.S. When are you going to do a post about your cute patio swing and the pillows in the background?

    1. Amanda

      Mmm, broccoli would be good too!! :) I guess I have to wait until this spring to do a post about the back porch, huh?? Lol! :)

  27. Kim Honeycutt

    First let me tell you this sounds awesome!! Now, being on Weight Watchers one might think this is a no no, but, with the nutritional information…I can plan on this for dinner one night with a salad and broccoli on the side AND room for something sweet. Sounds like a good dinner to me!!THANKS!! Pinned it!!

  28. Southern Gal

    I can’t wait to try this. I made Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi Soup yesterday. It was my first time using gnocchi and we loved it!

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