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One Pot Creamy Gnocchi and Sausage

One Pot Creamy Gnocchi and Sausage

One Pot Creamy Gnocchi and Sausage

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Soft, pillowy gnocchi cooked in a delectable homemade creamy sauce with sausage, pepper and spinach. Made in less than 30 minutes, this restaurant-worthy dish will have the whole family asking for seconds!

Monday February 22, 2021

(5 stars from 2 reviews)

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It's been a while since I have posted a dinner recipe... I may or may not have had a bit of a baking obsession the last few weeks. The good news is this gnocchi dish was worth the wait! It is so delicious and so easy, and we can't help but grab seconds whenever I make it. It only needs 10 ingredients and less than 30 minutes to make - it seriously doesn't get better than this. 

a top down view of a pan full of gnocchi and sausage in a creamy sauce with pepper and spinach

What are the ingredients and substitutions in Creamy Gnocchi and Sausage?

Only 10 ingredients in this quick and easy comfort food:

  • olive oil - for frying the ground sausage. You can substitute with any mild oil you have on hand
  • mild Italian sausage - I normally buy regular sausages, then take the insides out of the casing before adding to the pan to get my ground meat. I have also cooked the sausage as-is and then sliced into sausage slices. You can also use a tray of ground sausage meat.
  • sweet bell pepper - I like to use red pepper because I think it looks the nicest, but yellow or orange taste the same in this dish
  • tomato paste - adds a subtle tomato flavor to the sauce and helps thicken it
  • chicken broth - I usually get low sodium because I find the sausages salty enough to flavor the dish nicely
  • half and half cream - used to help the sauce thicken into its creamy deliciousness
  • garlic powder and Italian seasoning - the seasonings to make the sauce super tasty and enhance the flavor from the sausage
  • gnocchi - the star of the dish! I buy a prepared shelf stable container at the store for convenience
  • spinach - I used fresh baby spinach and I rip it up a little to help it spread out in the sauce and not clump together
a large bowl of creamy gnocchi and sausage with the pan in the background

How do to make One Pot Creamy Gnocchi and Sausage?

As the name of this dish suggests, you only need one pot (or pan) to make this super simple dish so I will just give a very brief overview of the steps required:

Step 1: In a large pan, heat oil over medium heat, then add sausage and cook, stirring frequently, until browned on all sides, then add in the bell pepper strips, and cook another couple minutes until pepper starts to soften

Step 2: Add in the tomato paste, stir, then add the chicken broth, cream, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and finally the gnocchi. Stir to combine, bring to a simmer, then cover with a lid and allow to cook for 5 minutes

Step 3: Remove lid, add spinach, stir, then cook an additional 3-5 minutes or until sauce is thickened and spinach is wilted. Sauce will thicken slightly as it cools as well

a close up of creamy gnocchi and sausage

Tips and tricks for success:

  • Use a good quality Italian sausage that you enjoy - the dish is mainly flavored from the sausage so it is important that you like it!
  • If your sausage is particularly greasy after you have browned it, you can drain some of the fat before continuing on with the rest of the steps
  • Cut the pepper into thin strips to make sure they cook through
  • Try and make sure the gnocchi is spread out and completely surrounded by the cooking liquid before putting the lid on
  • After removing the lid, if the sauce is too thin, you can simmer gently until the sauce thickens, but it will also thicken as it cools so it helps to let it stand about 5 minutes before serving
  • Prepare all your ingredients in advance and this can be ready in less than 20 minutes

How to store Creamy Gnocchi and Sausage?

If you have any of this left over (doubtful!) you can store it in the fridge in a sealed container for a couple days. I reheat mine in the microwave the day after making it as my lunch and it is so good! I wouldn't recommend freezing this as the texture of both the sauce and the gnocchi will be inferior than when it is fresh.


One Pot Creamy Gnocchi and Sausage

(5 stars from 2 reviews)

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By: Natalie Kollee
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage (removed from casing)
  • 1 bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup half and half cream
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 500g pack of gnocchi
  • 3 cups spinach, lightly packed and roughly chopped

Directions

1.

In a large pan, heat oil over medium heat, then add sausage and cook, stirring frequently, until browned on all sides.

2.

Add in the bell pepper strips, and cook another couple of minutes until pepper starts to soften

3.

Add in the tomato paste, stir, then add the chicken broth, cream, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and finally the gnocchi. Stir to combine.

4.

Bring to a simmer, then cover with a lid and allow to cook for 5 minutes

5.

Remove lid, add spinach, stir, then cook an additional 3-5 minutes or until sauce is thickened and spinach is wilted


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Brenda Damore
Wednesday March 3, 2021

This was a delicious dinner. So quick and easy. Definitely will make it again.

Natalie
Wednesday March 3, 2021

Yay! I am so happy you liked it and found it easy!


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Ethan
Friday February 26, 2021

We made it with "veggie crumbles" with a little chili pepper instead of sausage. It's great!

Natalie
Friday February 26, 2021

That sounds like a fantastic variation!! Glad you enjoyed ?


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Katie
Thursday February 25, 2021

Awesome recipe! Very easy to make, and made my house smell amazing ! Loved by everyone in my household

Natalie
Thursday February 25, 2021

I am so glad you enjoyed it!


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Penny
Tuesday February 23, 2021

When a recipe such as yours calls for gnocchi, how do I know if it’s potato or pasta?

Natalie
Wednesday February 24, 2021

Gnocchi is actually a type of dumpling made from potato, egg and flour that is available in the pasta aisle of most grocery stores. Hope this helps!


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Hi I’m Natalie. I live in Ontario, Canada with my husband, daughter and our cat. Since I was little, I have always enjoyed discovering new recipes and sharing food with loved ones. When I’m not in the kitchen you’ll probably find me crocheting, reading, or crafting.


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