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Chicken Bacon Pumpkin Gnocchi

This chicken bacon pumpkin gnocchi dish is ready in under 30 minutes and is packed with perfectly cooked chicken and bacon in a creamy pumpkin sauce.

Chicken Bacon Pumpkin Gnocchi on a small plate.

I love pasta but if you gave me a choice of pasta or gnocchi I will pick gnocchi every time.

It’s fluffy, ready in just minutes, and never gets weird and mushy like leftover pasta.

Although if I’m being honest I actually don’t mind leftover pasta.

My favorite breakfast dish is leftover spaghetti with meat sauce, reheated in the microwave and topped with lots of Parmesan cheese.

I seriously could eat that every single morning.

Chicken Bacon Pumpkin Gnocchi topped with green onions.

Yeah, I’m one of those weird people who eat non-breakfast food for breakfast.

I guess I’m a rebel with my breakfast consumption.

I actually ate this dish for breakfast leftovers the day after I made it. I couldn’t help it – chicken, bacon, pumpkin, AND gnocchi?

There was no way I was waiting until lunch to dig into those leftovers.

The thing I liked best is that because the creamy pumpkin sauce is made using cream cheese you don’t have to worry about the sauce breaking and becoming an oily mess when you re-heat the dish.

I mean unless a broken oily sauce is your kind of thing.

Which would be weird if I’m being honest.

Chicken Bacon Pumpkin Gnocchi topped with extra bacon.

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Chicken Bacon Pumpkin Gnocchi: This gnocchi dish is ready in under 30 minutes and is packed with perfectly cooked chicken and bacon in a creamy pumpkin sauce.

Chicken Bacon Pumpkin Gnocchi

Author: Brandy O’Neill – Nutmeg Nanny
This chicken bacon pumpkin gnocchi dish is ready in under 30 minutes and is packed with perfectly cooked chicken and bacon in a creamy pumpkin sauce.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 packages gnocchi about 2 pounds
  • 8 strips bacon diced
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts diced
  • 8 ounces cream cheese cut into cubes
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup half and half or whole milk
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 green onions sliced


  • Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat.
  • Once boiling add the gnocchi and cook according to the package directions.
  • When fully cooked drain, drizzle with a little olive oil (to keep moist and from sticking together) and set aside.
  • Set a large skillet over medium heat and add bacon. Fry until crispy and remove from pan to a paper towel-lined plate to help drain off any remaining fat.
  • To the pan add diced chicken and season with kosher salt and pepper. Cook until no longer pink. Remove chicken from the pan and set aside.
  • Lower the heat to medium-low, leave 1 tablespoon of bacon fat in the pan, and add cream cheese. Stir to help soften the cream cheese.
  • Add in pumpkin puree, Parmesan cheese, smoked paprika, chipotle chile powder, and garlic powder. Stir to combine.
  • Add in half and half and stir until combined.
  • Add gnocchi, chicken, and bacon to the pan.
  • Stir together and let the sauce cook for 5 minutes to warm the gnocchi and chicken throughout.
  • At this point, the sauce should have thickened up nicely. If the sauce is too thick add a little more half and half, if it’s too thick let it cook down just a little more.
  • Taste the dish and season with kosher salt and pepper if needed.
  • Sprinkle the finished dish with green onions and serve immediately.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 642mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken bacon gnochi, chicken pumpkin gnocchi, creamy pumpkin gnocchi, easy pumpkin pasta, pumpkin gnocchi
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About Brandy!

I am a food lover and recipe developer bringing you delicious recipes that taste great and are easy to make! My food is inspired by travels around the world and my love of flavorful food. A list of things that make me happy: cats, Coke Zero, houseplants, and travel. Read more...

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Thursday 15th of September 2016



Wednesday 14th of October 2015

Would this work for a freezer meal??


Monday 25th of April 2016

Hi Janet! I'm not really sure! I have never frozen it before so I can't really recommend or not recommend.

Savita @ ChefDeHome

Monday 21st of September 2015

This is such a genius recipe! Really loving the lush color of this sauce too! A musty try for me! pinned

Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures

Wednesday 29th of October 2014

What beautiful comfort food :)

Melissa from

Wednesday 22nd of October 2014

I need to learn how to make that sauce. The color is fantastic and I bet the taste it's as well.


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