Layered Gnocchi Casserole

With layers of ground beef, kale, mozzarella and gnocchi, you could think of this dish as tater tot casserole’s more sophisticated Italian cousin.

Serves: 6Prep: 25 minutesCook: 50 minutesTotal: 1 hour 15 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 6


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 package (12 oz.) frozen chopped kale, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 jar (24 oz.) marinara sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 package (16 oz.) Simple Truth Organic™ Traditional Potato Gnocchi
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray 8” square baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  • Mix together ground beef, 1 teaspoon salt, Italian seasoning, fennel seed and pepper.
  • Press meat mixture into bottom of prepared pan. Top with kale and marinara sauce, mixing carefully to avoid breaking up meat layer. Sprinkle with mozzarella.
  • Toss gnocchi with olive oil and remaining ½ teaspoon salt. Place gnocchi in even layer over cheese.
  • Bake 50-55 minutes or until beef reaches an internal temperature of 165°F and gnocchi are crisped on top. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.
  • Refrigerate leftovers.