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Ham and Cheese Baked Gnocchi

Here’s a recipe that makes good use of leftover ham > HAM AND CHEESE BAKED GNOCCHI

Ham and Swiss Baked Gnocchi

Who’s having ham this Easter Sunday?  Me!  Me!  Me!  Ham is my favorite main dish to serve on Easter Sunday.  It’s so easy to get one already spiral-cut… just heat it up, add the glaze, and it’s good to go!  So easy to prepare and serve, so you can focus on getting the rest of the dinner ready.  Smithfield Ham recently sent me one of their spiral hams to try- and it was absolutely fabulous.  We served it with roasted asparagus and cauliflower puree for a big family dinner- and it was almost entirely gobbled up.  Good thing we had some leftovers so we could use that leftover ham in this Ham and Cheese Baked Gnocchi.

Ham and Swiss Baked Gnocchi Prep 1

My son Brooks (almost 13) is a ham fanatic.  I make him a ham and cheese sandwich for lunch every single day.  When I was making this recipe, his little fingers kept sneaking in to grab pieces of ham to nibble on.  I had to keep cutting more for my recipe!

Ham and Swiss Baked Gnocchi Prep 2

This recipe is extremely simple to make.  Gnocchi, ham and peas are mixed with an easy-to-make, homemade cheese sauce.

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The gnocchi- cheese mixture is spooned into a casserole dish and topped with buttery breadcrumbs, then baked until golden brown and bubbly.

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Here’s a spoonful for you to taste.  See all of that creaminess??  It’s perfect with the crispy buttered breadcrumbs.

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The addition of ham to the gnocchi dish gives it some added protein, and it’s a major flavor anchor.

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It’s comfort food at its finest, and it’s such an easy dinner to make with your ham leftovers.  I’m going to have to add that it’s family-friendly too, since my kiddo cleaned his plate and then asked for more!  Enjoy.  And Happy Easter!

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 30 min

Ham and Cheese Baked Gnocchi


2 1/2 cups nonfat milk
3 tablespoons Gold Medal® All-Purpose Flour
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 ounces shredded Swiss cheese

2 pounds gnocchi (about 5 cups), cooked according to package directions- then drained
1 3/4 cups chopped ham
1 cup frozen peas

1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/3 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons butter, melted


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray an 8x10-inch pan (or 8 1/2 x 11 is okay too) with nonstick spray.

2. Prepare the sauce: In a medium saucepan, whisk together the milk, flour, mustard, salt and pepper. Heat over medium-heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a low boil. Continue to stir until the sauce is thickened, about 3 to 4 more minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in the Swiss cheese. Stir until melted.

3. In a large bowl, combine the gnocchi, ham and peas. Add the sauce and stir to combine. Spoon the mixture into your prepared pan.

4. Prepare the topping: In a medium bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, cheese and butter. Sprinkle the topping over the gnocchi mixture in the pan. Cover with foil.

5. Bake, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 15 minutes, or until the cheese sauce is bubbling and the topping is golden brown. Serve immediately!


More recipes using leftover ham… >>
Ham and Swiss Griddle Cakes by RecipeGirl
Cheesy Ham and Potato Bacon Casserole by Oh Sweet Basil
Smoked Ham Soup with White Beans by RecipeGirl
Ham  and Egg Breakfast Quesadillas by Closet Cooking
Cheesy Broccoli Rice with Ham by Buns in My Oven

Disclosure:  I’ve partnered with Smithfield to create a recipe using leftover ham.  All opinions shared are my own.

23 Responses to “Ham and Cheese Baked Gnocchi”

  1. postedApr 18, 2014 3:41 AM

    You posted this in perfect timing! I just bought a package of gnocchi and I have never cooked it before,so it’s just sitting in my fridge wondering what I will do with it…this looks like a fab idea! Thank you! Pinned 🙂

  2. postedApr 18, 2014 4:40 AM

    I love gnocchi! And this is definitely the perfect way to use leftover ham from Easter. Love all that cheese! Pinned 🙂

  3. postedApr 18, 2014 5:28 AM

    This looks like such a yummy dish! Love how it is kid friendly too!

  4. postedApr 18, 2014 5:33 AM

    What a creative dish, perfect for leftovers!

  5. postedApr 18, 2014 6:22 AM

    I love gnocchi! This dish looks fantastic! I know my kids will love it!

  6. postedApr 18, 2014 7:15 AM

    High fives for Easter ham! I love ham in breakfast bakes and think making with gnocchi is such a neat twist. My Italian in-laws are going to flip!

  7. postedApr 18, 2014 9:07 AM

    that looks wonderful, Lori! Sharing on FB today!

  8. postedApr 18, 2014 9:23 AM

    Fabulous recipe, Lori! So comforting. And, such a great way to use up extra holiday ham. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 Wishing you and your family a very Happy Easter!

  9. postedApr 18, 2014 1:04 PM

    aww, I thought you were going to make the Gnocchi! well, I’ll next time I make some with mom we will try out this recipe and tell you about it!!

    happy easter!

  10. postedApr 18, 2014 2:39 PM

    I’m not having ham because hardly anybody in my family want it…can you believe that? Anyway, this gnocchi looks so delicious with all of that ham and cheese!

  11. postedApr 19, 2014 4:45 AM

    Lori, this looks great. However, I wanted to substitute those whole wheat shells you recommended earlier (Delallio?). How much of that dry shell pasta do you think I would use? Thanks.

    • postedApr 21, 2014 7:02 AM

      I’m glad you asked because pasta is a perfectly great substitute for the gnocchi. I’d say 10 ounces of pasta would be about right.

  12. postedApr 19, 2014 9:17 AM

    We devoured our Smithfield ham, I barely had enough for left overs! I love what you did with it. Delish!

  13. postedApr 19, 2014 12:05 PM

    This looks so yummy!
    I just picked up our ham for tomorrow, and I’m already anticipating ham & tomato jam sandwiches with the leftovers.

    • postedApr 21, 2014 7:00 AM

      Tomato jam sounds fabulous!

  14. postedApr 19, 2014 11:15 PM

    I need more gnocchi in my life! This looks so perfectly creamy and cheesy!

  15. postedApr 21, 2014 6:56 AM
    laurie riddle

    Do you use the gnocci in the dry pasta section of the grocery store?

  16. postedApr 21, 2014 8:47 AM

    This look so amazing! Can’t get gnocchi in Beijing, but I might just go ahead and make ’em from scratch. I LOVE anything involving ham and cheese. Thanks for sharing!

  17. postedApr 21, 2014 9:46 AM
    Crystal Nell

    This looks amazing!! My daughter loves gnocchi!! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks so much for the recipe!!

  18. postedApr 23, 2014 11:12 AM

    Oh my, Lori! This looks absolutely savory! My boys are huge ham fanatics, too. I keep ham in my fridge at all times, kind of like the gallon of milk. My whole family, including myself would devour this gnocchi bake with all of this goodness, pinned!

  19. postedApr 23, 2014 6:00 PM

    Hi Lori – this looks so good!! We love gnocchi and this combination sounds great! Good idea for leftover ham and I love the idea of using swiss cheese in the sauce since for a change.

  20. postedApr 23, 2014 7:11 PM

    My family loves anything with ham and cheese. This recipe is also creamy and include gnocchi, which is sure to be a hit in my house. I can’t wait to make it.

  21. postedApr 24, 2014 1:47 PM

    Now this is my kind of dinner! It looks delicious!

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