Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi With Onions, Peas and Turkey Bacon

Looking for more ways to turn the Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi 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 TJ’s cauliflower gnocchi. 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 Package Instructions!

Yes, you read that right, disregard the package instructions! They say to boil or microwave the frozen gnocchi and they say to add water if you pan-sauté them. You’ll end up with a mushy, sticky cauliflower gnocchi which, to be honest, is super disappointing!  Thankfully, I had the warning from other cauliflower gnocchi fanatics so I had to spread the message to you to.

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

Cooking Cauliflower Gnocchi

So far the best way I’ve found to cook Trader Joe’s 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, potato 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 fried 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 parmesan cheese. 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 gnocchi recipes. I’m thinking I might try a cauliflower gnocchi sheet pan dinner next! My local Trader Joe’s better stock up!

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

If you make this Trader Joe’s 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!


Trader Joe’s 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 golden 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

Keywords: pan roasted cauliflower gnocchi

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  1. I had the same issue as Sarah…these gnocchi came out mushy and icky. The rest of the recipe was great, flavors were good. I added garlic because I think garlic makes savory dishes better. I’ll try this recipe again with real gnocchi and see how that works. Thanks EBF.

  2. I NEVER write reviews but this was SO DANG GOOD I couldn’t not. Thanks for this recipe, I will be making this many more times to come and sharing with friends!

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks so much for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me, Kasydee!

  3. Delicious! I subbed regular bacon for turkey bacon and potato gnocchi for Trader Joe’s, cause that’s what I had on hand. Plus, when I tried to go to Trader Joe’s there was a line out the door and not many people wearing masks. Anyway, I’ll be making this again. The whole family raved about it. Can’t wait to try your other recipes!

    • So glad you were able to make this recipe work with what you had on hand, Michele!! Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

  4. Um wow wow wow. This recipe is BOMB! I know what I am making next time I have guests over! The flavors are perfectly balanced with the savory from the gnocchi, bacon, and parmesan mixed with sweet light flavor of the peas. Thank you for sharing this with us!

    • Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Olivia. I’m so glad you enjoyed this dish. Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I really appreciate it!

  5. Thank you for this recipe! So easy and delicious. I’m not a fan of cauliflower and I usually have to drown it in sauce, but this was a whole different experience.

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Heather!! I’m glad you tried this recipe and it turned out for you. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

  6. This is SO good! My husband who is a meat and potatoes kind of guy loves it too and wants to make it all the time! It is so easy to make while the kids play after school. A quick, delicious meal!

  7. Brittany, I can’t thank you enough for this recipes. Easy enough my husband can make it so I can go to the gym in peace and have dinner waiting when I get home. Delicious!

  8. This was my first time cooking the cauliflower gnocchi. This was an amazing recipe! So easy, perfect for a weeknight dinner!! So filling! Thank you!

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

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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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