If you’re looking for a flavorful, 30 minute, one pot, comfort food dinner to serve family or friends, then you’ll love this satisfying and filling Creamy Italian Sausage Gnocchi, with baby spinach, tomatoes and mozzarella!
I love gnocchi, those cute little Italian potato “dumplings”, usually found in the pasta section of the grocery store. Have you tried them? I first tried them in soup at a local restaurant, loved them, and went home to make my own Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup.
Since then I’ve also used them to make other delicious gnocchi dishes! So when I discovered THIS recipe on Pinterest recently, I just KNEW it would be good! It most certainly WAS! The recipe is incredibly EASY to make, and tastes amazing! This meal fills you up, and is so creamy and packed with Italian flavor! Here’s how easy it is to make, all in ONE PAN, in about 30 minutes:
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Making Creamy Italian Sausage Gnocchi
Place Italian sausage, diced onion, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a large skillet (I used a cast iron skillet). Cook on medium high heat, until sausage has browned, stirring often. If there is any grease left in skillet, simply remove and discard.
Add gnocchi (straight from the package), canned diced tomatoes, and whipping cream to the sausage in skillet. Carefully stir to combine ingredients.
Add The Fresh Spinach
Add handfuls of fresh baby spinach to the skillet. Stir and let spinach wilt just a bit in the hot liquid. If necessary, add spinach in batches (I added mine in two batches). Cook mixture on low for about 10 minutes, stirring often, until the spinach has fully wilted down, the sauce has reduced in volume a bit, and the gnocchi is cooked and hot.
Add the grated mozzarella cheese to the skillet; stir well, to fully incorporate cheese into the sauce and it melts.
Time to Serve The Creamy Italian Sausage Gnocchi
That’s it! See how easy this dish is to make? Sprinkle a tiny bit more Mozzarella cheese on top before serving it up into individual bowls, because, you know… it’s cheese! If you want even more pops of color, place a couple small spinach leaves on top, as well.
This Italian sausage gnocchi was such an easy, delicious dish to prepare! My husband and I really enjoyed it (and we’re looking forward to the leftovers, too)! Hope you will consider trying this recipe out… it tastes wonderful! Have a great day!
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Recipe Source: Alli at https://tornadoughalli.com/2018/01/one-pot-creamy-sausage-gnocchi/
If you're looking for a flavorful, 30 minute, one pot, comfort food dinner, you'll love Creamy Italian Sausage Gnocchi, with spinach, tomatoes and mozzarella!
- 1 pound Italian sausage *can substitute 3 links with casings removed
- 1 brown onion , diced
- 2 cloves garlic . minced
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 15 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 16 ounces gnocchi
- 3 cups spinach , fresh
- 1 cup Mozzarella cheese , grated
Place Italian sausage, diced onion, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a large skillet. Cook on medium high heat, until sausage has browned, stirring often. Drain and discard any grease accumulated in skillet.
Add gnocchi, canned diced tomatoes, and whipping cream to the skillet. Carefully stir to combine ingredients. Add handfuls of fresh baby spinach to the skillet. Stir and let spinach wilt just a bit in the hot liquid. If necessary, add spinach in batches (I added mine in two batches). Cook mixture on low for about 10 minutes, stirring often, until the spinach has fully wilted down and the gnocchi is cooked.
Add the grated mozzarella cheese to the skillet; stir well, to fully incorporate cheese into the sauce and it melts. Once cheese is fully melted, serve the dish! May garnish with additional grated cheese, if desired.
Gnocchi does not have to be precooked before adding it to dish.
Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!