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!

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

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

Description

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


Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

  • 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

Nutrition

  • 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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    49 comments
    1. Lauren
      August 26, 2020 AT 11:48 pm

      Such a great way to remix the usually boring side dish! I Used high quality bacon, baked it, and used the fat from it to sauté the onions & cauliflower gnocchi. Thanks for the great idea!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 28, 2020 AT 5:54 pm

        You’re so welcome, Lauren! I’m so glad this recipe was a hit. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    2. Willow
      August 25, 2020 AT 8:13 pm

      Delicious! Huge hit with our family. We had a different brand of cauli gnocchi but cooked it with these directions. And subbed prosciutto for turkey bacon. The kids (ages 7, 7, and 8) devoured it! Thank you! I also dumped a whole bag of the steam able frozen peas in and it’s so good!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 25, 2020 AT 8:47 pm

        Ahh yay! So glad this recipe was a hit, Willow. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    3. Jess
      August 20, 2020 AT 10:08 pm

      I’ve made this recipe several times. My meat and potatoes loving husband declared last night that this is one of his favorite meals! It is so good! My 1 year old loved it too!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 21, 2020 AT 2:26 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Jess! I’m so glad this recipe is a hit. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    4. Sandy
      July 12, 2020 AT 1:15 pm

      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.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 13, 2020 AT 1:16 pm

        Oh no!! Sorry to hear that, Sandy. And you followed the recipe instructions, not the instructions on the packaging, right?

    5. Kasydee Molina
      June 8, 2020 AT 11:10 pm

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 9, 2020 AT 2:29 pm

        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!

    6. Michele
      June 7, 2020 AT 8:23 pm

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 8, 2020 AT 11:27 am

        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. 🙂

    7. Caroline
      May 31, 2020 AT 10:26 pm

      This was so yummy! Thank you for the recipe!!!

    8. Olivia
      April 29, 2020 AT 8:18 pm

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 30, 2020 AT 1:02 am

        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!

    9. Heather
      March 3, 2020 AT 9:30 pm

      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.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 4, 2020 AT 6:25 pm

        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

    10. Jess
      February 28, 2020 AT 9:38 pm

      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!

    11. Megan
      February 23, 2020 AT 5:17 pm

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 24, 2020 AT 1:05 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Megan!! I’m glad this recipe is a hit. Thanks for giving it a try and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating! I so appreciate it. <3

    12. Michelle
      December 18, 2019 AT 5:54 pm

      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 18, 2019 AT 5:57 pm

        Ahh! I love hearing that, Michelle! Thanks so much for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it!

    13. Rachel
      November 12, 2019 AT 8:03 pm

      Incredible GF recipe. The texture is perfect. May be my new favorite!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 12, 2019 AT 8:11 pm

        Yay!! I’m so glad you tried and enjoyed this recipe, Rachel. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It means the world to me! <3

    14. Dianna
      October 30, 2019 AT 8:30 pm

      Great recipe! So delicious and easy to make! Thanks for sharing!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 30, 2019 AT 8:51 pm

        Woo-hoo! I’m so happy that you enjoyed this recipe, Dianna. And thank you for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. The ratings are super helpful, so I appreciate it! <3

    15. Nicole
      September 8, 2019 AT 7:59 pm

      Our first time eating cauliflower gnocchi, huge fan! This is delicious!!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 9, 2019 AT 10:09 pm

        Woo!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Nicole. And thank you so much for taking the time to come back here to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it!

    16. Brittany
      August 31, 2019 AT 2:06 pm

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

    17. Melissa
      July 20, 2019 AT 6:10 pm

      The gnocchi came out amazing!! Can’t wait to see your other recipes

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 21, 2019 AT 5:01 pm

        I’m so so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Melissa. Thank you for coming back to leave a star rating as well. I really appreciate it.

    18. Kristen
      June 19, 2019 AT 7:05 pm

      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!

    19. Caitlin
      April 19, 2019 AT 9:19 am

      This meal is so delicious! Hearty, filling, and satisfying! Great recipe!!

    20. Noa
      April 6, 2019 AT 7:06 pm

      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!

    21. Jenn Wright
      April 5, 2019 AT 9:48 am

      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!

    22. Angelina
      April 4, 2019 AT 8:13 am

      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!

    23. Dana
      April 1, 2019 AT 5:04 pm

      I have some in my freezer! Going to give your method a try soon! xoxo

    24. Kristina Pressentin
      April 1, 2019 AT 11:35 am

      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.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 1, 2019 AT 11:38 am

        Yay!! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed it. 🙂

    25. Lisa demery
      March 31, 2019 AT 6:19 pm

      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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 1, 2019 AT 11:36 am

        What kind of pan did you use? I used a non-stick pan.

        1. Lisa Demery
          April 3, 2019 AT 4:52 pm

          It was a calphon pan not a non stick. I will have to retry with a non stick

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