Pan Roasted Cauliflower Gnocchi With Onions, Peas and Turkey Bacon

Looking for more ways to turn the Cauliflower Gnocchi from Trader Joe’s into a meal? Try this pan roasted cauliflower gnocchi with onions, peas and turkey bacon. 

I think I’ve found my new favorite way to eat the cauliflower gnocchi from Trader Joe’s. It’s a super simple combo, so flavorful and easy peasy to whip up. What more could you ask for?

Skillet of Trader Joe's cauliflower gnocchi, sautéed with onions, peas, and turkey bacon.


A little backstory… last year around this time Trader Joe’s launched their cauliflower gnocchi and the world has become obsessed. I’m honestly not a huge gnocchi person so this product didn’t excite me much, plus it was always sold out at my local store so I was super late to the cauliflower gnocchi scene.

Bag of Trader Joe's cauliflower gnocchi.

Don’t Follow the Instructions on the Package

That said, I finally had a chance to try it last year and based on warnings from other cauliflower gnocchi fanatics I didn’t follow the package instructions. The package mentions boiling or microwaving the gnocchi and adding water if you pan-sauté them. Do NOT follow these instructions. You’ll end up with mushy, sticky cauliflower gnocchi and it will be sad.

Trader Joe's cauliflower gnocchi sautéing in a skillet with olive oil.

So far the best way I’ve found to cook the cauliflower gnocchi is to pan roast it in a little olive oil or butter.

The first time I made the cauli gnocchi I pan roasted it with butter and served it with Rao’s homemade pasta sauce. It tasted totally fine, but I wasn’t blown away. Isaac on the other hand LOVED it and couldn’t stop raving about how much it tasted like regular gnocchi. Needless to say, I knew I needed to find a way to cook cauliflower gnocchi that both Isaac and I would enjoy. This pan-roasted cauliflower gnocchi with onions, peas and turkey bacon totally fits that bill!

Plated cauliflower gnocchi sautéed with onions, peas and turkey bacon. Topped with parmesan cheese.

I love the combo of the pan-roasted gnocchi with the caramelized onions, sweet peas, savory and crisp bacon and the parm. These things are all great on their own, but they’re so amazing together. Now that I’ve found one way that I really enjoy the cauliflower gnocchi, I’m excited to experiment and try some different preparation techniques. I’m thinking I might try a cauliflower gnocchi sheet pan dinner next!

Plated cauliflower gnocchi sautéed with onions, peas and turkey bacon. Topped with parmesan cheese.

If you make this pan roasted cauliflower gnocchi recipe, be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how they turn out. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers!


Pan Roasted Cauliflower Gnocchi With Peas and Turkey Bacon

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2


Turn Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi into a quick weeknight meal with onions, peas and turkey bacon. 


  • 12 ounce bag frozen Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi
  • 3 slices cooked + crisp turkey bacon
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons grated parmesan + more for serving


  1. Cook turkey bacon using instructions in the notes. Once cooked, chop the bacon into small pieces and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onions and cook until they begin to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste, reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden brown and almost caramelized, about 10 minutes more. At this point, stir in the frozen peas and Italian seasoning and transfer to a small bowl.
  3. Using the same skillet, add the remaining 1 Tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add the frozen cauliflower gnocchi and cook, tossing occasionally, until they’re lightly brown on all sides, about 5-10 minutes. Gently add in the onion mixture, chopped bacon and parmesan. Serve warm, sprinkled with additional parmesan.


  • To cook turkey bacon: Microwave: place slices on a paper towel lined microwave-safe place. Cover with another paper towel and cook on high in the microwave for 2-4 minutes, using 1 minute increments. Every microwave is different so you’ll have to experiment with the timing for this. You want the bacon to be cooked through and crispy enough that it snaps when you chop/break it into pieces. Of course, you can also cook the bacon the stove-top using the package instructions.  I like cooking bacon in the microwave because it’s fast and I hate bacon grease being popped all over my stove.
  • Inspired and adapted from Fine Cooking.
  • Category: Lunch/Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe
  • Calories: 469
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Fat: 28g
  • Carbohydrates: 39g
  • Fiber: 11g
  • Protein: 13g

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  1. First time trying cauliflower gnocchi.Flavor turned out really well. Will definitely be adding this into the weeknight menu options!

  2. This is the only recipe I’ve used so far for cauliflower gnocchi, and I’m not sure I’ll find anything that compares! So good!

  3. This is easy and quick – perfect for busy days. I didn’t tell my husband about the cauliflower until after he had a few gnocchi. Generally he is not a fan of cauliflower but he has been talking about how good this dish was for days. Yay!

  4. Simple, easy, and tastes amazing! I substituted the turkey bacon for regular bacon and had to leave out the onions due to an allergy (substituted onion powder) and it was so good! Needless to say, there were no leftovers!

  5. I made this recipe last night and it came out so good! The flavors are great together, and it was quick and easy for a weeknight meal. My boyfriend loved it too!

  6. Made it last night and it was delicious! I doubled it so that we could have it for lunch today too. Tastes like a healthier version of carbonara.

  7. I made this tonight and loved the flavor. I followed your instructions for the gnocchi but they just stuck to the bottom of the pan. I am not sure what I did wrongly

  8. Do NOT use a non-stick skillet for the gnocchi. After 10 minutes, it will be mushy and sticky and not brown at all. Follow Brittany’s photos and don’t make my mistake! So far, everything else seems to be going well with this recipe.

  9. Excited to try this! Same scenario at our house. My husband loved it with just pasta sauce or plain and I wasn’t blown away. I also followed the instructions and added water…. So it was mushy. Thanks for the tips ❤️

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