This Creamy Tomato Salmon Gnocchi is a quick and delicious dish perfect for a chilly evening.
Succulent Salmon, in a creamy tomato based sauce with garlic, Italian seasoning, and spinach! This is the best kind of comfort food. Plus, everything is cooked together in the same pan, meaning this Creamy Tomato Salmon Gnocchi is so easy to make and quick to clean up.
The perfect midweek dinner for the whole family! This creamy tomato sauce takes store-bought pre-packed gnocchi and turns it into something fabulous!
What is Gnocchi?
Gnocchi are a small dumpling that's made with a combination of mashed potatoes, flour, and often eggs or cheese.
They are pillowy soft, tender 'clouds' that have a slight chew to them.
They are super simple to cook! You cook them like you would pasta, that is to say in a pan of boiling well-salted water.
Gnocchi cooks very quickly, and you will know when they are done as they float to the top of the pan.
While homemade gnocchi is fantastic, for a stressfree midweek meal, I like to use shelf-stable pre-packaged gnocchi. You can find it in the pasta aisle at the grocery store. DeLallo is my favorite brand, but to be honest, they are all great!
Making Creamy Tomato Salmon Gnocchi
The beauty of this Creamy Tomato Salmon Gnocchi is it all cooks in one pan!
You cook the salmon first and then use the pan for cooking the onion and garlic. Once these have softened, you add canned tomatoes, your seasonings. Simmer this for 10 minutes, then add some heavy cream, and then finally the gnocchi.
Everything is simmered together, and then at the last moment, fresh spinach and the flakes of cooked salmon are added! So easy and quick!
What to serve with One Pot Creamy Tomato Salmon Gnocchi
We like to serve this salmon gnocchi with a simple salad and some crusty bread.
Crusty bread is a must for mopping up all that delicious sauce! And the light salad makes the perfect healthy side dish.
What Wine to serve:
Salmon is a beautiful fish to pair wines with, working well with white, rosé, or red wines! But the tomatoes add an interesting twist to the dish!
For those who love white wine, a good solid pairing would be something dry and crisp like a Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc, although a richer Viognier would be a fun pairing!
For red lovers, steer clear of high tannin wines and instead go for light-bodied reds like pinot, gamay, or grenache.
My fav though is to pair this Creamy Tomato Salmon Gnocchi with a rosé. An excellent fruity rosé like a Grenache rosé is the perfect balance for the savory salmon and the hint of sweetness from the tomatoes.
For other great pasta/gnocchi recipes try:
- Shrimp and Bacon Pasta
- Easy Tomato Chorizo Pasta
- Creamy Chicken Gnocchi with Spinach
- Classic Lasagna with Béchamel
- Easy Garlic Bacon Pasta
- Pan Seared Scallop Pasta with Creamy Bacon Sauce
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One Pot Creamy Tomato Salmon Gnocchi
- 2 tbsp olive oil divided
- 2 salmon fillets - see note 1
- 1 onion - see note 2
- 4 garlic cloves
- ¼ cup white wine - see note 3
- 1 can diced/pureed tomatoes (14.5oz/400g can)
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 2 tbsp capers
- 1 ¼ cup heavy cream
- 1 lb uncooked potato gnocchi - see note 4
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil, in a skillet or high-sided frying pan, over medium-high heat.
- Sear the salmon for 4 minutes on each side (or until cooked to your liking), then transfer to a plate and tent with foil.
- While the salmon is cooking peel and finely chop one onion and 4 garlic cloves.
- Add the remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil to the skillet and saute the onion for 4-5 minutes until soft.
- Add the chopped garlic and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant.
- Add the white wine and let the mixture simmer for 1 minute.
- Add in the can of diced/pureed tomatoes, 1 tsp of Italian seasoning, ½ tsp of salt, ¼ tsp black pepper and 2 tbsp of drained capers.
- Cook this for 5 minutes, uncovered over medium-high heat until thickened slightly. Stir regularly, so it doesn't catch on the bottom.
- Add the gnocchi and heavy cream, bring back to a simmer and cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and add in the fresh spinach.
- Flake over the cooked salmon and serve.
- Buy skinless salmon fillets to make this dish easier. Pick nice meaty thick fillets. For four people, 10oz/280g will be plenty.
- Any onion will be fine. I use standard brown onions.
- Any dry white wine, or swap for vegetable broth or fish stock.
- You can find shelf-stable pre-packaged gnocchi in the pasta aisle at the grocery store. DeLallo is my favorite brand.