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20-Minute, One-Pan Gnocchi with Sausage and Spinach

Busy weeknights? No problem. This easy and fast Gnocchi with Sausage and Spinach is wonderfully tasty! All you need is 20 minutes and one pan. Deliciously simple!

Gnocchi with sausage, spinach, and tomatoes in a pan
Fluffy, tender gnocchi with sausage, spinach, and tomatoes

Gnocchi with Sausage, Spinach, and Tomatoes

With all the busy ongoings of daily life, if you’re ever asked yourself who has time to cook? then you’re in the right place today.

Feeding the family deliciously nutritious meals doesn’t have to take hours to accomplish. Especially when there are fail proof one-pan meals that require minimal effort for maximum results.

This 20-minute Gnocchi with Sausage, Spinach, and Tomatoes is packed with big flavors the entire family will adore. Fluffy soft gnocchi, savory sausage, and fresh vegetables are combined into a tasty meal you’ll feel great about serving.

Bonus: you’ll appreciate the fact that there’s only one skillet for this easy gnocchi recipe.

gnocchi with sausage, spinach, and tomatoes in a pan
Weeknight meal-in-one, in just 20 minutes

Buying and Storing Gnocchi

Though we won’t pretend store-bought gnocchi is synonymous with the variety that comes from a masterful chef’s restaurant kitchen, we will vouch for the simplicity and ease that pre-made gnocchi provides. Not to mention, it tastes pretty incredible when treated right.

You’ll generally find vacuum sealed packages of gnocchi in the refrigerated section of your major grocery store. It can sometimes be found in the pasta aisle as well. Packaged gnocchi will feel soft to the touch, unlike other dry pasta. Gnocchi differs from pasta, as it’s made with potatoes. Thus, its characteristics are soft and fluffy, rather than chewy.

Once you bring your gnocchi home, store it in either your fridge or pantry at moderate room temperature in its original vacuum sealed container. We recommend using the entire package once opened, in order to enjoy it as freshly as possible.

Gnocchi with sausage, spinach, and tomatoes
Just a handful of ingredients and one big skillet

Prep-Ahead Tips

Although this easy gnocchi recipe is already unbelievably simple and quick, we’re still fond of any streamlining strategies that make dinnertime even easier.

Here are a few tips for you to make our fast and easy gnocchi recipe even quicker:

  • Whenever you have a recipe or need for chopped onions and/or garlic, go ahead and chop plenty of extra. Place extras in an airtight container and freeze until your next recipe calls for chopped onions or garlic.
  • Buy ground Italian sausage without casings. This eliminates the need to remove casings when you go to cook the sausage.
  • Buy baby spinach leaves in the pre-packaged salad section of your grocery store, pre-washed and ready to use.
  • You can buy pre-shredded cheeses, or better yet — shred your own blocks of cheese one night and place in airtight containers to keep in fridge for recipes that call for shredded cheese.

This 20-Minute, One-Pan Gnocchi with Sausage with Spinach is a completely fuss-free recipe that will satisfy your carb lovers, carnivores, and and melty cheese eaters. Enjoy.


Try This One-Pot Creamy Gnocchi with Chicken, Too:


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gnocchi with spinach and sausage and tomatoes

20-Minute, One-Pan Gnocchi with Sausage and Spinach

5 from 26 reviews

Busy weeknights? No problem. This easy and fast Gnocchi with Sausage and Spinach is wonderfully tasty! All you need is 20 minutes and one pan. Deliciously simple! Serve with a loaf of French or Italian bread to eat up any leftover sauce.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 7 mins
  • Total Time: 17 mins

Yield: 6

Ingredients

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  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb Italian sausage (bulk, no casings)
  • 1 (16 oz) package potato gnocchi (from refrigerated or pasta aisle)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can Italian flavored diced tomatoes with juices (do not drain)
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, add oil and heat over medium high until hot. Add onion and garlic and stir/cook until fragrant, 30 seconds.
  2. Add sausage; stir and break it up into pieces, until nicely browned. Don’t drain. Add uncooked gnocchi. Stir 1 min, gently breaking up any clumps. Stir in tomatoes with juices and chicken broth. Cover and cook on medium heat, 5 min, or just until gnocchi is fluffy and cooked through. Turn off heat.
  3. Add spinach and pepper. Stir until spinach leaves are wilted. Sprinkle with cheeses and cover for 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melty. Serve immediately. 

Notes

Sliced French or Italian bread is a great accompaniment, for soaking up leftover sauce.

Make it meatless: Simply skip the sausage and add another veggie instead. Sub veggie broth for chicken broth.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 217
  • Sugar: 2.9 g
  • Sodium: 516.5 mg
  • Fat: 12.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16.4 g
  • Protein: 10.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 20.8 mg
  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Category: Dinner, main
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Gnocchi with Sausage, Easy Gnocchi Recipe

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99 comments

    • Gail Montero

    This is such a delicious dinner option for busy nights. Love the tips to make making this even easier!

    • Emily

    This gnocchi is such a simple and delicious weeknight meal! The whole family loved it and we will definitely be making again and again!

    • Ramona

    WOW! this recipe is definitely calling my name! my kids love gnocchi and this recipe overall is just perfect. I need to make this ASAP! thank you for sharing this recipe.

    • Kushigalu

    One pan and 20 minutes? Can’t wait to make this pasta for dinner. Love the combo too.

    • Mirlene

    You had me at one pot. this dish sounds wonderful and i cannot wait to try it for myself and family.

    • Julie

    What a great gnocchi recipe! The recipe came together perfectly in 20 min and the family loved it. A winner for sure.

    • Jacqueline Debono

    I love gnocchi and this recipe sounds perfect for weeknights. I often make my own potato gnocchi and think I’m going to try this the next time I make them!

    • Alexis

    This dish does not taste like it only takes 20 minutes, it is amazing! My family devoured it this weekend.

      • chewoutloud

      Awesome, Alexis!

    • Beth

    I’m happy to find a recipe that is quick to put together and is such a delicious alternative to pasta. My grandson loves gnocchi because he can pick them up and nibble on them.

    • Stine Mari

    I was just thinking I wanted to make something with gnocchi, and then I found this recipe! I love the sausage and spinach and also that this is a one pan dish!!

    • Marta

    One-pan meals are the way to go. I absolutely hate dishes. I love that you gave meatless options as well. It was a hit!

    • Maria

    This looks incredibly delicious! And we have all the ingredients for the recipe, can’t wait to make this tomorrow!

    • Chef Dennis

    I made this for dinner tonight and my family didn’t leave one gnocchi on the platter! Thanks for such a delicious and easy to make recipe!

    • Leslie

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a gnocchi recipe look as amazing as this does! This is spectacular!

    • Lesli Schwartz

    This sounds like heaven in a pan! Soft gnocchi with all of the other yummy, healthy ingredients… so yummy! So belly warming for fall!

    • Austin

    Cut back on the onions (bf doesn’t like) and cheese (because I didn’t have any mozz) and added some fresh basil from my garden, and it was one of the BEST things I’ve EVER made!! Thanks for a great recipe!!!

      • chewoutloud

      That’s amazing, Austin! 🙂 🙂

    • eva

    made this for dinner last night! Used chicken sausages and fresh mushrooms as well as made it with dairy free cheese to make it dairy free! Yummy!!

      • chewoutloud

      Awesome, Eva! Thank you 🙂

    • Traci Kenworth

    Yummy!

    • Alex Clemente

    Thank you for the wonderful recipe. I was eager to try something new this weekend and guess what! After reading various articles, I found yours recipe which easy to cook for my family. I just love it!

    • Anissa

    This sounds delicious but we don’t like tomatoes. Is there anything we can sub for that or are we able to just exclude them?

      • chewoutloud

      Anissa, you can try sweet red bell peppers, or you may omit them. You may want to add a bit more liquid to offset the missing tomatoes. Enjoy! 🙂

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