Gnocchi Gratin with Ham Recipe

This Gnocchi Gratin with Ham recipe is comfort food at its best. Cheesy potato dumplings, accented with the slightly nutty flavor of Gruyere, combine with ham and peas to make a quick and easy dinner in one dish. It’s like mac and cheese went gourmet! And it takes only 30 minutes from prep to table. Make it ahead and save even more time!  

Spoonful of cheesy gnocchi casserole closeup

Creamy Baked Gnocchi Casserole

It seems dinner time rolls around and I’m always in a rush. Does that happen to you too? That’s one of the reasons I love to create quick and easy recipes that anyone can throw together at the last minute.  Less stress means a lot at the end of the day. My usual go-tos are my Taco Pasta Skillet or Lasagna Stuffed Peppers but this creamy Baked Gnocchi Casserole just became favorite number three. 

Baked gnocchi gratin and ham casserole in turquoise baking dish

Most of the ingredients for this Gnocchi Gratin are ones you may already have in your refrigerator at home, such as Parmesan cheese, a ham steak and frozen peas. The more unique ingredients to this recipe, such as the gnocchi, can be picked up from the cold food section of your grocery store and the block of Gruyere cheese from the specialty cheese section. You can also use whole milk instead of the fat free half and half if that is what you have on hand. 

closeup of serving in white bowl.

The best part about this recipe is how easy it is to change it up with other ingredients you might have on hand. 

Change It Up Tips

  • Don’t care for peas? Try broccoli or cauliflower.
  • Gruyere cheese too expensive or hard to find? Try Swiss, Comte, Jarlsberg or, for a more distinct flavor, smoked edam.
  • You can make this more vegetarian friendly by omitting ham altogether. You could also add in some mushrooms to replace it.
  • If you want to sub ham for another meat, try rotisserie chicken or leftover turkey. 
  • Whole milk can also be used in place of fat-free half and half. I’ve also tried it with almond milk which makes the cheese sauce slightly thinner but just as delicious.

How To Make Cheesy Gnocchi Casserole

Ingredients for gnocchi casserole

Gather all the ingredients you need to make this Gnocchi Gratin recipe. Cook gnocchi according to package directions. (I bought mine in the fresh pasta section of my grocery store and just boiled it.) Dice ham, shred cheese and take peas out to thaw.

Steps 1-6 for gnocchi gratin.

  1. Place cooked gnocchi and ham in a large bowl. (photo 1)
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium-high. Whisking continuously, stir in flour and cook for 1-2 minutes or until the mixture turns a golden brown. (photo 2)
  3. Add in milk while continuing to whisk and bring to a boil. Mixture should be smooth. (photo 3)
  4. Remove pan from heat and stir in Gruyère and 1/4 cup grated Parmesan. Stir until all cheese is melted and mixture is smooth. Season with salt and pepper. (photo 4)
  5. Pour sauce over gnocchi and ham. (photo 5)
  6. Stir in peas. (photo 6)

panko and cheese crumbs sprinkled on gnocchi casserole

  1. Pour into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and panko crumbs. Bake.

Baked casserole on dinner table with bread and wine.

This Gnocchi Gratin with Ham reminds me of a creamy rich mac and cheese that’s been taken up a notch. I love to serve it with some applesauce, fresh bread and of course a glass of wine. It’s a stick to your ribs kind of dinner that’s perfect for cold winter days. And the easy cleanup (and compliments from the family) just makes dinner time a more relaxing and delicious experience. Enjoy!

More Casserole Recipes

Dump & Bake Pork Chop Casserole – A delicious low carb meal of tender pork chops and cauliflower tots covered with a delicious creamy mushroom sauce. 

White Chicken Lasagna – A quick and easy lasagna layered with chicken, spinach and squash, brought together with a creamy, ooey, gooey cheese sauce. 

Smoky Mozzarella Meatball Casserole – this casserole combines everyone’s favorites – meatballs, pasta and tomatoes with a twist. Smoky mozzarella cheese replaces regular mozzarella and brings this comfort food to another level.

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5 from 8 votes
Spoonful of cheesy gnocchi casserole closeup
Gnocchi Gratin with Ham Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: cheesy gnocchi casserole, creamy baked gnocchi with ham and peas, gnocchi gratin with ham
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 515 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • 16 oz potato gnocchi
  • 1 lb. ham steak diced
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups fat-free half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 ounces Gruyère cheese shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 cup frozen green peas thawed
  • 1/4 cup panko crumbs
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray an 11x7 baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Cook gnocchi as directed on package. Drain and place in a large bowl.
  3. Add ham to gnocchi and stir.
  4. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium-high. Whisking continuously, stir in flour and cook for 1-2 minutes or until the mixture turns a golden brown.
  5. Add in milk while continuing to whisk and bring to a boil. Mixture should be smooth.
  6. Remove pan from heat and stir in Gruyère and 1/4 cup grated Parmesan. Stir until all cheese is melted and mixture is smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Pour sauce over gnocchi and ham.
  8. Add peas.
  9. Pour into prepared baking dish.
  10. Sprinkle with a mixture of remaining Parmesan cheese and panko crumbs.
  11. Bake for 20 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Change It Up Tips

  • Don't care for peas? Try broccoli or cauliflower.
  • Gruyere cheese too expensive or hard to find? Try Swiss, Comte, Jarlsberg or, for a more distinct flavor, smoked edam.
  • You can make this more vegetarian friendly by omitting ham altogether. You could also add in some mushrooms to replace it.
  • If you want to sub ham for another meat, try rotisserie chicken or leftover turkey. 
  • Whole milk can also be used in place of fat-free half and half. I've also tried it with almond milk which makes the cheese sauce slightly thinner but just as delicious.
Nutrition Facts
Gnocchi Gratin with Ham Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 515 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 1858mg77%
Potassium 534mg15%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 737IU15%
Vitamin C 35mg42%
Calcium 464mg46%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Gnocchi Gratin with Ham Recipe

17 Comments

  • Reply
    Aline
    03/09/2020 at 3:15 pm

    5 stars
    We love gnocchi but I never made it gratin! Such a great idea! Putting on the list to try this weekend! Thanks!

  • Reply
    Leslie
    03/08/2020 at 3:17 pm

    I love this dish for so many reasons! The flavor is divine, it’s kid-friendly, and it’s super easy to make! Perfect trio!!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/08/2020 at 4:06 pm

      Yay! Thanks so much and glad everyone loved it!

  • Reply
    Marisa F. Stewart
    03/08/2020 at 1:48 pm

    5 stars
    A;;All you had to say is gnocchi and you had me front and center. Add the extra cheese and ham to the mix and you have an A-1 comfort food. And the bonus is that it’s easy to make. This is a winner.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/08/2020 at 4:06 pm

      lol Sounds like me too! Mention gnocchi and I’m there!

  • Reply
    Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer
    03/07/2020 at 11:23 am

    5 stars
    Oh this sounds (and looks) like a big tray of comfort deliciousness! With it being chilly outside here in Pittsburgh this dish would be absolutely perfect right now! Adding this to my recipe list for next week!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/07/2020 at 6:33 pm

      It certainly helped us get through some cold nights! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

  • Reply
    Veronika
    03/06/2020 at 8:52 pm

    5 stars
    This recipe looks so wonderful and comforting! It’s raining here today and I would love to have a bowl of homemade gnocchi with ham!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/07/2020 at 6:36 pm

      It’s been raining so much this winter here in Georgia that I think I’m turning into a prune! lol This gnocchi dish adds a little comfort to the dreary weather.

  • Reply
    Tammy
    03/06/2020 at 4:19 pm

    Nothing is more comforting to the soul than a creamy dish like this! What a loaded and delicious meal ^_^

  • Reply
    Nicoletta and Loreto
    03/04/2020 at 7:59 am

    5 stars
    This gnocchi gratin does look like a super tasty evolution of mac and cheese! Delightful flavors and maximum comfort.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/04/2020 at 2:13 pm

      Exactly! Nothing better than a casserole with lots of cheese!

  • Reply
    Elaine
    03/04/2020 at 6:52 am

    5 stars
    Thei recipe make it really easy to make a gratin like never before. And the gnocchi… so delicious! I am wondering if I can wait until the weekend to make this recipe – yum!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/04/2020 at 2:14 pm

      No, don’t wait for the weekend! lol It really is a great busy night dinner. Hope you get to give it a try.

  • Reply
    Sharon
    03/03/2020 at 10:45 pm

    5 stars
    We LOVE gnocchi in our house and this creamy gnocchi gratin is such a great comfort food upgrade.

  • Reply
    Pam Greer
    03/03/2020 at 7:47 pm

    5 stars
    I don’t know what I love more, this delicious gnocchi or the cute blue dish that you served yours in! I need to get me cute pan, this gnocchi deserves a cute pan!

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