Gnocchi Recipe with Spicy Creamy Pepper Sauce

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Try this delicious and simple spicy creamy gnocchi recipe featuring a flavorful twist with chipotle peppers.

This easy gnocchi recipe is perfect for a quick and easy busy weeknight meal!

large skillet with spicy creamy gnocchi.

Recipe Snapshot

EASE: Easier to make than you might think
PROS: It’s delicious and quick!
CONS: Absolutely none.
WOULD I MAKE THIS AGAIN? Absolutely. I’m a sucker for a creamy sauce.

Spicy and Creamy Gnocchi Recipe

Looking for a delicious and simple dinner idea? This creamy spicy sauce paired with chipotle peppers is the perfect option!

With minimal ingredients and minimal time, you can have a flavorful meal on the table in no time.

What you’ll love about this gnocchi recipe:


  • QUICK & EASY – So easy to make, you can have this delicious gnocchi recipe on the table in under 30 minutes!
  • DELICIOUS – Comforting classic gnocchi with a spicy and creamy twist!
  • INEXPENSIVE – With just a few basic ingredients, this recipe is a pretty budget friendly recipe to feed your family.
two small bowls of creamy gnocchi with black forks to the side.

Simple Ingredients

  • store-bought gnocchi 
  • heavy cream
  • chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • Parmesan cheese
  • garlic powder
  • salt
ingredients for the spicy gnocchi in small bowls.

Substitutions

  • We always recommend using fresh shredded or grated Parmesan cheese in our recipes. Freshly grated Parmesan has more flavor and melts down better, but bottled Parmesan can be used in a pinch. 
  • If you have fresh garlic on hand then you can use two cloves of freshly minced garlic instead of garlic powder. This will add a sharper flavor to your pasta. If you are using fresh garlic then you’ll want to cook it over medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil for just a couple of minutes to help release the flavor. 
  • For some extra spice you can add extra adobo sauce or chipotle peppers. You can also add cayenne chili powder or a sprinkle of red pepper flakes. 

Instructions

Set aside 2 tablespoons of adobo sauce as well as 2 chipotle peppers. Use a knife to finely chop the chipotle peppers.

Prepare your gnocchi according to the package directions. Add the uncooked gnocchi to boiling salted water over medium-high heat. Drain the cooked gnocchi and set aside. 

Note: Don’t forget to add salt to your large pot of water before cooking pasta!

Whisk together the heavy cream, garlic powder, salt, adobo sauce, and chipotle peppers in a large pan or skillet. Stir the ingredients over medium heat for 5 minutes.

Add the parmesan cheese and continue stirring the sauce for an additional 10 minutes.

Fold the cooked gnocchi into the chipotle cream sauce. Make sure that the gnocchi is evenly coated in the sauce.

Serve and enjoy!

Serving Suggestions

We like to top this creamy spicy gnocchi with parsley flakes and some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.  Pair it with your favorite fresh bread, like this Italian loaf and a fresh salad.

spoonful of the finished creamy spicy gnocchi.

Store any leftover spicy gnocchi in the fridge for up to 5 days in an airtight container. To reheat your pasta, place desired serving amount in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until warmed through.

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finished creamy gnocchi in small serving bowls.

Spicy & Creamy Gnocchi

This simple and delicious gnocchi so delicious and comforting! It’s a great recipe for a quick weeknight dinner. The creamy and spicy pepper sauce adds a burst of flavor, and it all comes together in just one pan in under 30 minutes.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Serving Size 6

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Set aside 2 tablespoons of adobo sauce as well as 2 chipotle peppers. Use a knife to finely chop the chipotle peppers. Cook gnocchi according to the package directions. Drain the gnocchi and set aside. 
  • Whisk together the heavy cream, garlic powder, salt, adobo sauce, and chipotle peppers in a large pan or skillet. Stir the ingredients over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Add the parmesan cheese and continue stirring the sauce for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Fold the cooked gnocchi into the chipotle sauce. Make sure that the pasta is evenly coated in the sauce.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • You won’t need a lot of peppers or sauce to make this recipe spicy or flavorful. Most stores have larger cans, but a 7 ounce can is plenty. 
  • Freshly grated Parmesan has more flavor and melts down better, but bottled Parmesan can be used in a pinch. 
  • If you have fresh garlic on hand then you can use two cloves of freshly minced garlic instead of garlic powder. This will add a sharper flavor to your pasta. If you are using fresh garlic then you’ll want to cook it over medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil for 2 minutes to help release the flavor. 
  • For some extra spice you can add extra adobo sauce or chipotle peppers. You can also add cayenne chili powder or a sprinkle of red pepper flakes. 
  • We like to top this creamy spicy gnocchi with parsley flakes and some freshly grated Parmesan cheese. 

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