Sweet potato gnocchi with balsamic-roasted asparagus and caramelized onions is an easy 5-ingredient weeknight meal!
sweet potato gnocchi with balsamic-roasted asparagus and caramelized onions

There are so many articles out there right now about whether or not we can really have it all.

This weekend, “all” for me entailed running rockstar back-to-back half marathons two weekends in a row and being able to keep down my post-race lunch.


And, for the record, my body chose running sub 9-minute miles during my last two miles over a black bean burger and fries.

It really was just not that into those. And expulsed them from my stomach as soon as possible, but almost not soon enough to make it to the bathroom.


I’m so sorry.


I wasn’t given much of a say in that “decision”, but a more common definition of “having it all” is being able to go to work, hit up the gym, and get a home-cooked dinner on the table all before midnight.

I can’t say that happens every day in the Eats Well With Others kitchen, but now that I’ve created this recipe for sweet potato gnocchi with balsamic-roasted asparagus and caramelized onions, it happens a lot more often.


Caramelized onions take a notoriously long time to cook, but by starting them first and then taking care of the balsamic-roasted asparagus and sweet potato gnocchi while they cook, you can save on time and get this meal on the table within 30-40 minutes.

There are so many blends of sweet and savory in this meal, from the sweet in sweet potato to the sweet-tart balsamic to the sweet-salty-smoky caramelized onions, that with every bite your tastebuds will basically explode with satisfaction. I’m pretty sure having it all never tasted quite so good.


Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Balsamic-Roasted Asparagus and Caramelized Onions
Sweet potato gnocchi with balsamic-roasted asparagus and caramelized onions is an easy 5-ingredient weeknight meal!
Yield: 2-3 servings
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 medium sweet onions, thinly sliced
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 8 oz sweet potato gnocchi
  1. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add in the onions and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring every 2-3 minutes, until onions are browned and caramelized, about 20-30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oven to 400F.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together the asparagus, remaining 1 tbsp olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Spread out on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper and roast for 15 minutes, or until starting to brown.
  4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook gnocchi according to package directions. Drain and then toss with the caramelized onions and roasted asparagus. Serve warm.
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Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅓ of recipe

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45 Responses to Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Balsamic-Roasted Asparagus and Caramelized Onions

  1. Hi Joanne!
    This recipe is deliciously mouth-watering 🙂 Love how simple it is.
    Have a great week!

  2. Two 1/2 marathons in a row?! Girrrrrl, you’re my hero!! I definitely would not be able to keep down lunch…that just sounds intense! I love this sweet potato gnocci, and all the fun ingredients you put in it. Yum!

  3. Love the simplicity of this, and these fab flavors! Happy long weekend, dear!! xoxo

  4. Baby June says:

    Mmm, now that’s a gourmet meal! I love sweet potato gnocchi on its own, but this preparation looks super delicious!

  5. Krista says:

    Oh gosh, vomiting sounds horrible. Just horrible. 🙁 This dish, on the other hand, sounds deliciously warming and soothing.

  6. Girl – back to back half marathons are killer indeed! Gah – sorry to hear you were not feeling too great after this second one 🙁
    Caramelized onions do take for ever, but are so so worth it! This is one killer gnocchi dish!

  7. Onions, asparagus, and sweet potato gnocchi? Oh yeah! This sounds awesome.

  8. Yum! This is my kind of food! Simple recipe with healthy veggies and gnocchi – what’s not to love? Great job Joanne! Have a great day!

  9. Two half marathons in a row? My…gal, you are my hero!
    I love that sweet potato gnocchi!

  10. Having it all for me is to eat whenever I want, whatever I want. The dish included, of course. And donuts. And not gain any weight. But I haven’t found a cure for that yet.

  11. sandra says:

    so sorry to hear about the black bean incident… but easy gnocchi is a nice consolation.

  12. You and these marathons…you are my personal runner hero! I do hope you’re feeling better though. The Mr. and I have been caramelised onion and sweet potato crazy people for the past week, and I really REALLY would love to try this gnocchi. Everything looks so yummy!

  13. Sweet potato gnocchi are so good!!! I love what you did with them in this dish – what a great combo of flavors!! Hope you are having a restful day after all that running!

  14. Emma says:

    I think having this on my table would make me feel like I had it “all”! Looks divine.
    Serious props to you on half marathons 2 weekends back to back too!

  15. Kathy says:

    Wow Joanne…these sweet potato gnocchi look and sound luscious! I have bookmarked this one…can’t wait to give them a try.
    BTW…your engagement photos are beautiful! Have a good weekend!

  16. Deena Kakaya says:

    I’m a recent sweet potato convert. I’d always found sweet potato too sweet but I’ve been roasting it recently and I’m quite into it! I’m now going to have to try your recipe out, looks really light and lovely x

  17. Honestly, Joanne, your site is such a great advertisement for vegetarianism. Another super tasty-sounding recipe. Absolutely love the sound of this.
    Congrats on completing the runs, too. 🙂

  18. Susan says:

    I am seriously in love with this dish!

  19. Leah Davis says:

    You are a rock star for running two back to back half marathons!! I hope to run ONE half one day 🙂 Hope you had a great long weekend!!

  20. Megan says:

    The flavors in here sound wonderful. Love all those caramelized onions!

  21. Christine says:

    Serious yum factor here. Love caramelized onions, delicious looking! You poor thing, hope the tum is feeling better. You’re exhausting me with back to back marathons. 😉

  22. Kate says:

    I was just telling a friend that two back to back half marathons is crazy. I space mine a couple weeks between!

  23. This recipe looks like the very definition of having it all. And I want it.

    Congratulations on the double half marathons, but sorry about the post-run, well, events :S I did that after my first half marathon and I was very unimpressed!

  24. Trisha says:

    Double half-marathons? You’re a beast! Hope you get some much needed rest. And lots and lots of this gnocchi, because it looks fabulous!

  25. Monica says:

    2 half marathons sound incredible to me; way to go! And anything with caramelized onions is bound to be delicious. This looks so flavorful!

  26. Monet says:

    I can’t believe you. My body would have protested LONG ago. You are amazing. And so is this gnocchi. And so were your engagement pictures. So much goodness 🙂

  27. I’m so lucky to get home early enough in the afternoons to be able to make dinner. Congratulations on the marathons 🙂

  28. Veronica says:

    You just reminded me another thing I need to add to my recipe bucket list – gnocchi! Sounds delish!

  29. Katerina says:

    I love, love asparagus and these gnocchi look superb!

  30. Beth says:

    Love this delicious meal! I’d eat this any night of the year.

  31. Johanna GGG says:

    you are crazy to do two back to back half marathons – I’d prefer the burgers and fries myself – but the gnocchi looks great – asparagus is not in season but I am thinking it might work with brussel sprouts – do you buy sweet potato gnocchi – I bought some beetroot gnocchi recently that would have been great in this (but is all eaten up)

  32. Sorry to hear you had a rough weekend. But TMI. Even for my tastes! 😉

  33. I’ve made caramelized onion jam twice in the past 2 weeks…a labor of love but totally worth it! Next time I’m up for hanging out in the kitchen with some onions, it’s this I’m making!

  34. Eileen says:

    Oh man! GNOCCHI. I haven’t had them in…6 months? Definitely too long. I don’t think I’ve ever seen premade sweet potato gnocchi, but I will be on the lookout for it now! Or I could just make a lot and put them in the freezer…

  35. Congrats on completing the marathon! I believe you deserve this incredible looking gnocchi, delicious caramelised onions as well! 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  36. Oh my goodness this looks incredible. I’m currently putting asparagus on everything…if only I could get the husband to eat sweet potato anything.

  37. This looks delicious. Love the asparagus.

  38. Danguole says:

    Those articles about “having it all” annoy me, I gotta say. I don’t need to have it all! Just let me have SOME, and be content with it. Gimme a plate of this lovely pasta (sounds SO savory and so good) and, like, the arts section of the newspaper and I’m golden, you know?

  39. Two in a row!? Crazy! 🙂 This gnocchi looks incredible! Triple word score for including asparagus, caramelized onions AND gnocchi.

  40. elly says:

    Caramelized onions, asparagus, AND gnocchi in one dish? SOLD.

  41. julie says:

    Oh wow, this looks heavenly. Got to print out the recipe right now!

  42. Love this flavor combo! Caramelized onions and balsamic make everything better, right?

  43. Joey P says:


    This recipe looks so good! I don’t think I’ve ever seen packaged sweet potato either… Where did you buy yours? Thanks!

    • joanne says:

      I used this brand of sweet potato gnocchi – http://lapastainc.com/store-locator/, which I can find in my local grocery store, but Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s should also have some, as should any Italian specialty store! They would either be in the fresh pasta case or with the frozen pastas.

      You can also always use regular gnocchi!

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