A fantastic way to pep-up store-bought gnocchi and turn it into something really special. We’re serving it with crispy chorizo, onions and peppers in a creamy-yet-spicy harissa and coconut milk sauce.
I also like to pack in fresh spinach and cherry tomatoes. A brilliant 30-minute weeknight dinner.

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Why is this my FIRST gnocchi recipe on the blog? 😳

It’s so quick and easy to serve up a lip-smacking dinner using store-bough gnocchi. I love that it can take BIG flavours like chorizo and harissa and soak them all up.

I took inspiration from my ravioli sauce recipe (which uses store-bought ravioli) with the tangy, creamy sauce, but decided to go with harissa to give it a bit of heat and coconut milk to give it that creamyness.

The addition of the crispy chorizo adds a lovely salty bite to the whole dish!

📋 What do we need?

Ingredients for gnocchi with creamy harissa sauce on a wooden table.
  • Gnocchi – I use regular, fresh, store-bought gnocchi, but of course you can use homemade gnocchi if you like.
  • Chorizo – I use ready-diced Spanish chorizo for this recipe, to save on time. I like one that’s a little bit spicy, but you can use your favourite chorizo, and go milder if you prefer.
  • Harissa – I use rose harissa, which is a little bit milder than regular harissa. It contains dried rose petals, which gives it a slightly more complex taste, but you usually can’t taste the rose in there. Use regular harissa or rose – both work great with this dish.

📺 Watch how to make it

Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.

  1. Because the gnocchi cooks really quickly, we’re cooking the chorizo and sauce first.
    So start off by frying the chorizo in a little bit of oil. You don’t need much, as the chorizo release its own oils as it cooks. Once it’s crispy, remove from the pan, leaving any oils behind.
  2. Fry onions, peppers and garlic in the chorizo oil. Season with a little salt and pepper, then add harissa, tomato puree, coconut milk and cherry tomatoes to the pan.
  3. Let that simmer for 5 minutes, and during that time, cook your gnocchi.
  4. Now add the gnocchi, cooked chorizo and fresh spinach to the pan with the sauce and stir it all together until heated through.

👩‍🍳PRO TIP Gnocchi only takes a couple of minutes to cook in boiling water. Once the gnocchi is cooked, it will float to the top of the pan of water.

I like to serve it topped with a little black pepper, parsley and a few chilli flakes.

Gnocchi and chorizo in a grey bowl with a black spoon in. The bowl is on a grey surface and the pan is just in shot.

🍽️ What to serve it with


So much flavour in every bite!

My question to you now is….


Should I share a recipe for how to make gnocchi from scratch?
Also, are you interested in different gnocchi flavours?

Let me know in the comments below 😊

Close up of gnocchi with chorizo and red pepper in harissa coconut sauce.
What is harissa?

Harissa is a spicy, smoky chilli paste that originated in Tunisia. Usually red in colour, it adds a rich, spicy flavour to dishes. It’s great as a rub/marinade or mixed in to sauces.

What’s the difference between regular harissa and rose harissa?

Rose harissa contains rose petals and sometimes rose water. You can’t generally taste the rose, but it adds a gentle richness and floral quality to dishes.
I find regular harissa to be a little hotter than rose harissa.


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Gnocchi with Chorizo and Creamy Harissa Sauce Recipe

Turn store-bought gnocchi into something special with crispy chorizo, onion and peppers in a creamy-yet-spicy harissa and coconut milk sauce.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 3 – 4 Servings
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American-Italian, Middle Eastern

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp sunflower oil
  • 150 g (5.3 oz) diced chorizo use your favourite variety, I use ready-chopped Spanish chorizo
  • 1 small onion peeled and finely diced
  • 1 red bell pepper deseeded and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 ½ tbsp harissa paste
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree paste for US
  • 200 ml (7 fl oz) full-fat coconut milk
  • 150 g (5.3 oz) cherry (grape) tomatoes sliced in half
  • 500 g (17.6 oz) fresh gnocchi
  • 60 g (2 packed cups) baby spinach

To Serve:

  • chilli flakes
  • black pepper
  • freshly chopped parsley
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Instructions 

  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan (skillet) over medium-high heat.
    1 tsp sunflower oil
  • Add the chorizo and cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes, until the chorizo starts to release its oils.
    150 g (5.3 oz) diced chorizo
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the chorizo. Place in a bowl and put to one side
  • Turn the heat on the pan down to medium and add the chopped onion, bell pepper, garlic, salt, and pepper.
    1 small onion, 1 red bell pepper, 2 cloves garlic, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often, until the onion and peppers soften.
  • Meanwhile, bring a large pan of water to the boil for the gnocchi.
  • Add the harissa paste and tomato puree to the pan with the onions and stir together.
    1 ½ tbsp harissa paste, 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • Add the coconut milk and cherry tomatoes, stir and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    200 ml (7 fl oz) full-fat coconut milk, 150 g (5.3 oz) cherry (grape) tomatoes
  • Meanwhile, add the gnocchi to the pan of boiling water and cook for 2-4 minutes, until the gnocchi floats to the top of the pan.
    500 g (17.6 oz) fresh gnocchi
  • Once the gnocchi is cooked, use a slotted spoon to remove from the pan and place it directly in the frying pan with the sauce.
  • Add the spinach and the chorizo you cooked earlier.
    60 g (2 packed cups) baby spinach
  • Stir together and cook for a further 1-2 minutes, until the spinach wilts.
  • Serve topped with chilli flakes, black pepper, and fresh parsley.
    chilli flakes, black pepper, freshly chopped parsley

Video

Notes

Don’t want it spicy?
Use mild chorizo and replace the harissa with the same amount of tomato puree, mixed with a good pinch each of smoked paprika, garlic salt, cumin and ground coriander. It won’t give you quite the same flavour, but it works great for anyone with a milder palate.
Can I make it ahead?
This dish tastes best when cooked and eaten right away, but it does still taste good when reheated.
Cook the dish, then cool, cover and refrigerate. Reheat in the pan, over a medium heat, stirring often, until piping hot. You may need to add a splash of water to loosen the sauce up when reheating.
Can I freeze it?
I don’t recommend freezing this dish.
Ingredient swaps
  • Swap out the chorizo for crispy bacon, or you could even add in chunks of cooked chicken, pork or prawns.
  • Add in different vegetables – such as peas, chopped green beans or chunks of courgette (zucchini).
How to scale up and scale down this recipe
Double or halve this recipe, sticking to the same ingredient ratios.
If doubling, it may take a few minutes more to cook the vegetables and heat everything through when the gnocchi, chorizo and spinach is added to the pan.
Nutritional information is per serving, based on 4 servings.

Nutrition

Calories: 457kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 1119mg | Potassium: 424mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2715IU | Vitamin C: 55mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Steve Harbinson says:

    5 stars
    Just made, totally delicious added smoked paprika and some aleppo chilli flakes, like mine with a little zing, thanks

  2. Janet says:

    4 stars
    Great super simple tasty recipe. I’m not the biggest fan of gnocchi as I find it can be bland, but this recipe really lifted it. I’ll definitely make this again.

  3. Sarah says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious. Thank you for it, it’s perfect. I scaled it up coz we’re piggies 🐷 hehe.

  4. Lainey says:

    5 stars
    Really tasty! My husband wasnt too keen on harissa when I used it once before in another receipe, so he wasn’t expecting to like this, but I think mixing with the coconut milk made the difference. There’s similar ingredients in another recipe from another site, not the harissa, and it has prawns in it, so I think the next time I make this I might add some prawns to the sauce.

  5. Shaun Silson says:

    5 stars
    Another winner. Exactly as you say creamy and spicy enough with a nice range of textures and flavours. Served with some home made garlic bread and salad. Gorgeous.

  6. Christine says:

    5 stars
    I love gnocchi, and this sauce was so flippin tasty😋 Definitely going on my recipe rotation.

  7. susan jackson says:

    WOW!!
    FULL OF FLAVOUR HAD IT WITH A PORK CHOP AND IT WAS DELICIOUS. ALL FOUR OF US LIKED IT AND WOULD DEFINITELY DO IT AGAIN. I DID ADD A FEW MUSHROOMS AND MANGE TOUT AS I ONLY HAD ONE BAG OF SPONGE.

  8. Alan Priddle says:

    Very tasty how do you make your own gnocchi please

  9. Erenata says:

    Hi Nicky,

    I love your recipes and can’t wait to try this one. As my boyfriend doesn’t like coconut milk, can I change the recipe by using full fat milk or heavy cream ?

    Thanks for your help and greetings from Germany.

    Erenata

    1. Nicky Corbishley says:

      Thank you Erenata 🙂
      Yes, you can replace with heavy cream, but I would add less, taste and then add more if you need it (as heavy creamy is richer than coconut milk).

  10. Paul and Charity Sauvé says:

    Hello Nicky, from Canada.
    I haven’t tried this recipe but if it tastes anything like it looks, I’m positive it will be fantastic as all your other recipes have been.
    My wife Charity and I would really enjoy learning to make gnocchi at home. Your videos are great to learn from. We eagerly await the next.
    Thanks again for your inspiration. Cooking is not a duty anymore, it’s a pleasure.