Skillet Gnocchi Pizza Bake

Good evening friends! I’m just getting settled back into my home and kitchen after a long weekend in Minneapolis with family and a beautiful wedding! I have sure missed my kitchen. I ate a lot of not so good foods, and I’m feeling it right now. Bring on the bottled waters and vegetables! How do all of you recoup after some time off of weight watching? 

I’m trying out a new recipe card, as well. I think I like the way this one flows better with my template. Let me know how it works for you guys! I am learning that this whole blog thing is a lot of trial and error. Eric actually said to me this afternoon, “I wish we could just start from scratch, we’ve learned so much since we started working on this.” I almost gave him the go ahead, but that would mean making the site unavailable again. I just don’t think I want to do that, even for a short time. So please bear with me, there will be some changes here and there that might not make much sense!

On to this new recipe I whipped up a few weeks ago while having pizza cravings. I crave pizza at least once a day. I mean, Pizza is everything. I’m fairly positive I lived off of frozen pizzas for at least a year when I was younger and my metabolism was (a little) better.  

This recipe is so delicious. I really didn’t think it would be as good as it actually turned out to be. It’s also only SIX smart points. I seriously couldn’t believe it! I’m terrible at doing the points/calories until after I have come up with something, so nine times out of ten I have to make adjustments. Nope, not this time… and BONUS, for whatever reason this is incredibly filling. The gnocchi really adds so much to this skillet. 

Because I’m a firm believer in hiding as many vegetables as I can into a recipe, I made sure to pack this one with all your favorite pizza toppings, including some zucchini, because why not?

This all comes together in the skillet as perfectly as I had hoped, and then the final touch of baking it in the oven so the cheese gets that nice, melted crispiness, just like your favorite pizzas. Ah, bliss!

 

Skillet Pizza Gnocchi WW friendly 6 SP

I told you it was perfect. *insert lots of hearts*

Skillet Pizza Gnocchi WW friendly 6 SP/250 Calories

If you notice, I left mine in the oven to bake quite a bit longer, I’m a burnt pizza lover. Guilty as charged. 

 

I am new to the cast iron skillet world. Eric has been swearing by these things forever, and I was all, “Eh… ” and then I realized I could put it in the oven and make cheese do things like this, and I was sold. I decided I would start experimenting more with Skillet cooking. If you do not have a cast iron skillet, they do make other skillets that can go in the oven, but it has to say “Oven Safe,” so confirm that before you go putting your favorite pan in there. 

You could also transfer to a casserole dish and top with cheese, either way is fine. I’m always in favor of less dirty dishes though!

 

Skillet Pizza Gnocchi

ENJOY!

 

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Skillet Gnocchi Pizza Bake

A delicious and healthier new take on an old tradition!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Author MamaCupcake

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Whole Wheat Gnocchi
  • 2 1/2 oz Turkey Pepperoni , chopped into four quarters
  • 1 cup Reduced Fat Mozzarella (I use Sargento)
  • 2 cups marinara (I use my slow cooker recipe)
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 small green pepper , diced
  • 2 tbs minced garlic
  • 1 small onion , diced
  • 1 medium zucchini , diced
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbs dried basil
  • 1 tbs dried oregano

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a medium cast iron skillet, add the olive oil and toast the gnocchi for about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Add onion and garlic, and sauté for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the zucchini, green pepper, and turkey pepperoni. Cook until vegetables are softened.
  5. Mix the marinara sauce, oregano, garlic salt, and basil. Let simmer for about 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in the gnocchi. Salt & Pepper to taste.
  7. Top with mozzarella cheese.
  8. Put into the oven for 10-12 minutes until the cheese is melted, and browned.
  9. Let sit for about 5 minutes, cut into six servings. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Six servings at 6 smart points each (calculated with WeightWatchers Recipe Builder)
Please note that if you do not use my homemade marinara sauce recipe, the points may change!
250 Calories per serving, 8g Fat, 33g Carbs, 4g Fiber, 14g Protein

26 Comments

  1. Can’t wait to try this!!

  2. this looks amazing! gahhhh!!! (running to Target for a cast iron skillet)

  3. Do you have to boil the gnocchi first?

  4. What brand of gnocchi did you use?

    • mamacupcake

      I’ve used delallo from Walmart, a brand from Aldi (can’t remember the name right now) and trader joes!

  5. The Cast Iron cooking is the “Real Deal”, I use mine for lot’s of things. The heat it can pick-up and distribute just makes everything better! I can’t wait to try this! I love pizza

    • I’m still testing with mine! Eric grew up with cast iron cooking and I didn’t so much so I’m still trial and error with it! But I LOVE that you can just pop it in the oven 🙂

  6. Would a 12-inch pan be a good size for this, or is that too big? I’ve got 8- and 12-inch (cast iron) skillets and the 8 is clearly too small but I’m worried that in a 12, it might just turn into this thin layer with no “depth” to it.

    I’m looking forward to trying this and many other recipes (including the associated marinara one, which is getting made overnight tonight!) Thank you!

    • I’m pretty sure I always use a 10 inch with this one. I don’t think you’d lose too much “depth” with it. It is pretty deep (think deep dish pizza almost) so, I think it would be just fine! I hope you enjoy and I hope you love the marinara too!

  7. Made this last night and it was delicious! I’ll definitely be making it agan, but using your recipe for the sauce.

  8. Loved this!! I had to throw the oven onto broil to get the cheese nice and dark like in your picture and it was delicious. I think next time I might try flattening the gnocchi while I toast them to try to get them a little crispier, but that’s it! Thank you!

  9. Looks amazing! Do you think this could be thrown together in the morning and then baked at night, or would the gnocchi get too soggy?

  10. Cindy braaksma

    Did I miss it somewhere what is your marinara sauce recipe

  11. This was so tasty! My husband said he didn’t even mind all the vegetables 🙂 Thanks for a yummy, WW friendly recipe.

  12. Any suggestions if you don’t have a cast iron pan? Would a oven safe steel pan or a pie pan work as an alternative?

    • Yep, as long as the pan is oven safe it will work perfectly! The only pans I have that are oven safe happen to be cast iron so that’s what I use. Transferring it into a pie pan/casserole dish should work just fine too! I hope ya enjoy!

  13. Wow!!! This is so good!! And so easy to make!!! Thanks for sharing such delicious recipes!!!

  14. Tammy Swinney

    This was delicious! My husband, my 15 year old son and I al enjoyed it. My son commented when he saw the full skillet on the table – well, this is got to be full of carbs and no veggies! He was so excited, but ate it anyway when I told him the truth and really loved it.

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