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Toasted Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Basil and Parmesan

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This Toasted Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Basil and Parmesan recipe only takes about 30 minutes to prepare, it's nice and hearty, and full of absolutely delicious flavors! | (Gluten-Free / Vegetarian)

So, do you fall in the pro-mushrooms or anti-mushrooms camp?

In my experience entertaining and cooking for people for years, most people tend to passionately fall in one camp or the other. Which means that I rarely find myself cooking mushrooms when people are coming over, just to be safe. But when it’s just me — or me and Barclay (thankfully I’m dating pro-!) — eating dinner together, I find myself tossing mushrooms into a recipe as often as possible. Can’t get enough of ’em!

That said, for the first twenty years of my life, my mom will be the first to tell you that I was firmly in the anti-fungii camp. Whenever she would try and cook recipes with a can of cream of mushroom soup, I would dissect my plate for the entire first half of the meal, trying to pick out those microscopic mushrooms. And of course, I wouldn’t even come near any dish where mushrooms were left whole and easy to spot. No way, Jose.

But I still remember — yes, of all the moments in life, weirdly this memory stuck with me — that all changed one night at Chili’s. I had just moved to Kansas City after college, and was out with friends for a late dinner after church, and a friend had ordered some steak fajitas. Knowing how much I love steak, she offered me a few bites, and I reached over and picked up a piece of steak with my fork. But once I took a bite, I realized it was definitely not steak, and instead was the biggest bite of a portobello mushroom I’d ever had in my life. And — much to my surprise — I loved it!!!

Ever since that night, I’ve been very happily in the pro- camp, happily taste-testing any new mushroom I come across. And I love tossing as many of them into a dish as I can — like in this tasty gnocchi recipe! I decided to go the “descriptive” route and name it Toasted Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Basil and Parmesan. But let’s be real, this is totally a Mushroom Lovers’ Gnocchi. :)

This Toasted Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Basil and Parmesan recipe only takes about 30 minutes to prepare, it's nice and hearty, and full of absolutely delicious flavors! | (Gluten-Free / Vegetarian)

I randomly came up with this one awhile back when I was craving mushrooms galore, and wanted something hearty besides pasta. I always keep a few boxes of gnocchi in the pantry, so I grabbed one of those, and decided to make something happen.This Toasted Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Basil and Parmesan recipe only takes about 30 minutes to prepare, it's nice and hearty, and full of absolutely delicious flavors! | (Gluten-Free / Vegetarian)

Well, first, I took a quick walk down to our enormous Asian market in my neighborhood to grab some mushrooms. They always have about 10 different kinds for sale, which I love experimenting with. But for this recipe, I kept it simple and just picked up a carton of shiitakes and baby bellas. (Feel free to use whichever a mix of any kinds you like, though!)

This Toasted Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Basil and Parmesan recipe only takes about 30 minutes to prepare, it's nice and hearty, and full of absolutely delicious flavors! | (Gluten-Free / Vegetarian)

Then I sauteed them with some butter while the gnocchi cooked. Then added the gnocchi and lots of garlic to the pan and sauteed it until it got nice and toasted and browned. Then came some white wine, then some basil, then some Parmesan, and…This Toasted Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Basil and Parmesan recipe only takes about 30 minutes to prepare, it's nice and hearty, and full of absolutely delicious flavors! | (Gluten-Free / Vegetarian)

…voila! This delicious dish was the result.

It only took about 20 minutes to make, it’s wonderfully rich and hearty (trust me, you meat-eaters won’t miss a thing!), and it’s full of the most delicious, rich, fresh, savory flavors. I loved it so much I made a second batch later that week, just to “test” it — and by that, I mean eat so much of it — one more time. And it’s definitely a winner.

This Toasted Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Basil and Parmesan recipe only takes about 30 minutes to prepare, it's nice and hearty, and full of absolutely delicious flavors! | (Gluten-Free / Vegetarian)

So if you are pro-mushrooms and love them as much as I do, I wholeheartedly recommend giving it a try. Enjoy, friends!

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Toasted Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Basil and Parmesan

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This recipe for Toasted Gnocchi with Mushroom, Basil and Parmesan is quick and easy to make, nice and hearty, and full of rich and delicious flavors.


  • 1 pound (uncooked) potato gnocchi*, homemade or store-bought
  • 8 ounces baby bella or white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup julienned or roughly-chopped fresh basil leaves, loosely-packed
  • 1/2 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving


  1. Cook gnocchi according to package directions in a large stockpot of generously-salted boiling water.  Drain, and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, as the gnocchi is cooking, melt the butter in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and sauté for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are soft and slightly browned.  Then add in the cooked gnocchi and garlic and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is fragrant and the gnocchi is lightly toasted and browned around the edges.
  3. Carefully add in the wine, and give the mixture a good stir.  Continue cooking for 3-4 minutes, until the wine has reduced by half.
  4. Remove pan from the heat, stir in the fresh basil and Parmesan until combined.
  5. Serve immediately, garnished with extra Parmesan if desired.


*If you’d like to make this recipe gluten-free, be sure to use cook or purchase GF gnocchi.

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65 comments on “Toasted Gnocchi with Mushrooms, Basil and Parmesan”

  1. Looks delicious! In France, the pro-mushroom camp is very big.

    • Thanks! We hope you can give this a try soon (and yes, another reason to love France)! :)

  2. I’ve been wondering what to do with my leftover mushrooms. Perfect timing!


  3. What is your preferred store bought gnocchi?

    • Hi Nora! We love DeLallo’s gnocchi, if you can find it! :)

    • Finally got around to making this dish, seems I was always missing an ingredient. I wish I hadn’t waited so long, so simple and so delicious! I would up adding bacon, for some reason thought bacon was in the recipe. I must have mixed up gnocchi recipes. Oop. It definitely is flavorful enough without bacon, will leave it out next time. I don’t want to stop eating it.

  4. Hi Ali! Yum! I’m definitely pro-fungi :)) Always have been always will be – I was the weird kid that wanted mushroom pizza. These days I will grill some up with olive oil spray since we are all low fat in our house these days (love them grilled with butter tho!) and serve them as a side. Happy to note that all in our family like mushis. This recipe sounds incredible. I haven’t had gnocchi in years. Sounds like a decadent, killer combo. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!!

    • Yay! We think you’ll love this then! And yes, mushrooms grilled with butter — we totally feel the same way! :)

  5. Looks and sounds amazing!!!  Mushrooms are the perfect meat substitute!  I’ll let ya know how mine turns out!  TFS!

  6. This recipe looks and sounds POSITIVELY DELICIOUS! My mouth was watering, just reading it! Can’t wait to try this.


  7. right up my alley, yum!

  8. I’m not much of a mushroom person but my spouse is. Still, I think this would be great with a substitute thrown in there for my sake. hah. On another note though I had a similar situation where I used to not want anything to do with avocado. Then one day I tried it and it all changed! Now I love it!


    • Thanks Harry — feel free to add any other veggie you like in this (and maybe you’ll love mushrooms one of these days)! :D

  9. I’m in the pro-mushroom camp!  The gnocchi looks so golden and delicious!

  10. I made this meal for dinner tonight and it was so good. My husband and I almost ate the whole thing. I did use chicken broth as I
    didn’t have any white wine.. I will make this again.

  11. Hi Ali,
    it looks amazing.
    Want to make this today for lunch.
    Have some oyster mushrooms left from yesterday. Can they be used also? Thank you.

    • Thanks, Vesna — we hope you enjoy this! And yes, you could definitely use oyster mushrooms! :)

  12. Just wanted to tell that I made this yesterday and it was truly amazing lunch…for me this is everything you would want in one meal…Husband and son loved it…thank you

    • Thanks for sharing with us, Vesna! We’re so glad you and your family enjoyed it!

  13. Made this last night. Absolutely fantastic! Whole family was fighting over it. And it was truly fast – often recipes promise “30-min or less” but really take me longer. Thank you!

  14. Can you use stock instead of white wine ?

  15. just tried the recipe. did not comsume any time really, tasted absolutely delicious! will keep it in my “let’s cook this again”-book. thank you :)

  16. i’m a big fan of mushroom, too . that’s why my family eats mushrooms and anything made from it every 3days xD
    last week i read this post and tried to do it. my kids really loved it, they wanted more and more…
    i must say this is a really nice recipe. thanks for sharing, Ali. this evening i’ll make it again but i want to try gin instead of white wine. would you please if there’s a change in your recipe?

    • Hi Pat! We’re glad you enjoyed the recipe! We haven’t tried this with gin though, so we can’t say how that would turn out. We would probably opt for vodka before trying gin. If you try it though, definitely let us know how it turns out!

  17. My Lord!! This is so good. I accidentally bought cheese gnocchi, but, hello…still good. I also wondered if broth would sub for wine and I saw the comment to that effect but I wonder how it impacts the taste. The basil made it fresh and bright and hard to stop eating it. My only complaint is that this is in no way 4 servings!! I think I ate at least one serving just while waiting for it to cool so I could pack it for lunch. I am already thinking of variations (sausage, fresh tomato (I’m from Jersey…it’s what we do), pancetta, toasting the garlic first…I mean, it’s perfect as is but there are surely other ways to combine this with other things that are my culinary favorites!) I would have to double it in order for it to make it to the table to feed my family of THREE! LOL We are totally pro-fungi! So, thank you for this awesome recipe. (And you should know that every sentence that I have typed has been punctuated with a bite of the delicious meal!) Thank you for sharing!! 

  18. This recipe is amazing! It came together so quickly, and smelled incredible the whole time I was cooking it. I agree with a couple other commenters that this isn’t quite four servings; I’d say it’s more like three, and a couple of hungry college students (me and my roommate are guilty) can clear out the whole pan. I don’t eat dairy, so I switched the parmesan out for a dairy-free alternative I found online and my roommate swore she couldn’t tell the difference. So this recipe is also really easy to adapt if you’re lactose intolerant or vegan! It’s a great hearty weeknight meal, and I’m definitely going to be making it a lot now that the temperature is dropping.

  19. I made this for dinner tonight and LOVED it. I don’t really even like mushrooms that much, but this was totally delicious. My boyfriend went back for seconds. Your recipes are easy to follow and the finished products are always super tasty. Thank you!

  20. Sounds delicious!  Can I substitute cooked frozen shrimp for raw?

    • Hi Masha! Did you mean to comment on a different recipe? There’s no shrimp in this one, though you’re welcome to add some to it!

  21. I came across this recipe via facebook – looked quite interesting and easy to make. Besides, anything with mushrooms & wine is an absolute winner for me. My mushrooms of choice right now are Cremini, so this is right up my alley! will make this for supper tomorrow.

  22. My new favorite dish. It’s seriously perfection on a plate. I made it for a dinner party last weekend for vegetarian friends, and I’m currently making it again for just my husband and I. It will be on regular rotation in our home.

    • Thank you so much, Jackie — we’re thrilled you and your family love it! :)

  23. Hmm..yummy..looked very delicious, I will ask my wife to cook it for lunch later..thank you very much for my daily menu inspiration :)

  24. This was super easy and delicious! My only problem was I couldn’t get the gnocchi to brown up in the pan. Any suggestions?

    • Thanks, Abby, we’re happy you enjoyed it! We’re sorry you had trouble getting the gnocchi to brown. The gnocchi will brown if you leave them be for a bit in the skillet (stirring/moving them around too often will prevent them from getting brown). We hope this helps for next time!

  25. This dish is both simple and satisfying. Got rave reviews from the family & guests. I added some asparagus to it, which was okay. Not sure I’d do that again. Other than that I prepared as directed. People seemed to like the use of wine vs cream & having a lighter, but still rich, dish for summer.

  26. Hi Ali! The dish was delicious but it seemed like the gnocchi I used was very gummy. Possibly overcooked? Has this happened to you?
    Thank you!

  27. OMG. This recipe combines ALL OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS! I had it on a bed of rocket to make it slightly healthier – really nice. Thanks for this!

  28. My 10 year old made this tonight. SO flavorful and delicious!

  29. This is such an easy and delicious dish! It’s a staple in our household now!

  30. While purchasing some orzo to make another amazing dish of your roasted cauliflower orzo salad, I noticed gnocchi. I had no clue what it was or how it would taste so I looked up to see if you had a recipe, and sure enough you had one that would use up my mushrooms. So happy that I tried it. Thank you for yet another amazing dish.

  31. Such a simple, delicious recipe, and easy to make vegan too. Thank you!

  32. We are super picky about gnocchi, it’s normally too mushy for our taste. This was EXCELLENT and I can’t stop thinking about it, want to make it every night now.

  33. We tried this tonight. Due to Covid-19, we had to make substitutions (king oyster mushrooms for white cap mushrooms, white wine vinegar for dry white wine). Otherwise we followed the recipe and it was absolutely delicious. It was the first time in a while that my husband and I had a meatless meal, and we can see how easily this could be gluten- and dairy-free as well. This is a treat and could easily become a regular in our dinner routine!

  34. Love this recipe! You can change up the mushrooms or add in extra veggies and it turns out yummy every time. One thing I highly recommend is to pan fry the gnocchi instead of boiling it. I just add uncooked packaged gnocchi to a skillet with some butter and sautéed them until light golden brown. It’ll change the way you make gnocchi from now on, so delicious and such a wonderful texture. Give it a try!

  35. Quick, easy and delicious.

  36. Hi! I’m trying to watch what I eat, and this recipe caught my eye! How many calories would you say are in this meal?

  37. I LOVE gnocchi and this application was a delight. I will say that I have toasted the gnocchi without 1sr boiling and I think I might do it this way next time. I feel like it toasts better that way.
    My only regret = not buying enough shitake mushrooms.
    My hubby said this dish was restaurant quality. Can’t wait to make this again!!!

  38. Just made this! Delicious!

  39. Loved this! I didn’t do exact quantities as didn’t have scales but flavours went together wonderfully!!

  40. I made this and had a few modifications with what I had – as I only had dry basil, and only had baby bella mushrooms, and after I added the wine for the few minutes, I added a dash of half n half. This recipe was delicious and I’ll be making it again for sure! Thank you!

  41. Made this for dinner tonight. Served with a side salad and I wish I read more of the reviews and doubled the recipe!! It was awesome! Just wasn’t enough for my hungry family of four! I might add sun dried tomatoes next time, but it was delicious as written!