This Gnocchi Casserole with Ham and Peas recipe was especially timely as I had some leftover Ham from New Year’s dinner and almost every other ingredient handy.
💭 What is Gnocchi
If you've never heard of potato gnocchi it's basically an Italian Pasta made out of mashed potatoes plus a few other ingredients. What I like about using gnocchi is it typically cooks a lot quicker than traditional pasta noodles.
As I pointed out in my Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi Bake recipe, I think Gnocchi is seriously underrated. There are so many dishes you can make using potato gnocchi.
While I used a cast-iron skillet to make this casserole, you can use any skillet as long as it’s oven safe. Most skillets will have a marking on the bottom of them indicating if they are oven safe.
🧀 Gruyère Substitutes
Gruyère Cheese can be pretty pricey depending on where you live. If you don't want to spend the money for just this pasta bake recipe you can substitute for a different kind of cheese. Just make sure it's a good melting cheese. And also remember it will change the overall flavor of this dish.
An alternative to using chicken broth is Better Than Bouillon. I often use it when I don't have broth on hand.
Have a leftover Ham Bone and not sure what to do with it? Check out my Slow Cooker Ham and 15 Bean Soup recipe. Absolutely delicious!
If you've ever wondered what part of the pig Ham comes from check out the picture below. Surprised?
For more great recipes with Potato Gnocchi, I suggest you check these recipes out:
📋 What Ingredients do I need
You will need the following ingredients to make this Gnocchi Casserole recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Unsalted Butter, Yellow Onion, Ham, Fresh Thyme, Low Sodium Chicken Broth, Potato Gnocchi, Frozen Peas, Heavy Cream, Gruyere Cheese and Salt & Pepper.
🥣 How to Make Gnocchi Casserole with Ham and Peas
Melt the butter in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. (I used a cast-iron skillet)
Add the onions and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the ham and thyme and continue to cook until the ham is lightly browned.
Pour in the chicken broth and ¾ cup water and bring to a simmer. Add the gnocchi, stir well, cover and cook until the gnocchi is slightly tender, about 5 minutes.
Remove from the heat. Uncover and stir in the peas, cream, salt, and pepper to taste.
Sprinkle the cheese over the top and broil until golden and bubbly, about 3 minutes.
Gnocchi Casserole with Ham and Peas
- 1 tablespoon Unsalted Butter
- 1 Small Yellow Onion, Diced
- 2 Cups Ham, Chopped
- 1 tablespoon Fresh Thyme
- ½ Cup Low Sodium Chicken Broth
- 1 Pkg Potato Gnocchi
- 1 Cup Frozen Peas
- ¼ Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- 2 Cups Gruyere Cheese
- Salt and Pepper, To Taste
- Melt the butter in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. (I used a cast iron skillet)
- Add the onions and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the ham and thyme and continue to cook until the ham is lightly browned.
- Add the chicken broth and ¾ cup water and bring to a simmer. Add the gnocchi, stir well, cover and cook until the gnocchi is slightly tender, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat. Uncover and stir in the peas, cream, salt and pepper to taste.
- Sprinkle the cheese over the top and broil until golden and bubbly, about 3 minutes.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.