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!
 If you're looking for a flavorful, 30 minute, 1 pot, comfort food dinner, you'll love Creamy Italian Sausage Gnocchi, with 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 Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi… yum! 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!:

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.

Sausage, onion, and garlic cooking in black skillet

Browned Italian sausage and onion in cast iron skillet

Add gnocchi (straight from the package), canned diced tomatoes, and whipping cream to the sausage in skillet. Carefully stir to combine ingredients.

Cream and diced tomatoes added to skillet with gnocchi

Tomatoes and cream added to gnocchi in skillet

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.

Fresh spinach added to cast iron skillet and creamy sauce

Spinach wilted into cast iron skillet with potato gnocchi

Add the grated mozzarella cheese to the skillet; stir well, to fully incorporate cheese into the sauce and it melts.

Mozzarella cheese added to skillet with creamy sausage gnocchi

Cheese stringing from creamy sausage gnocchi on wooden spoon

That’s it!  See how easy this is to make?  I sprinkled a tiny bit more Mozzarella cheese on top before serving it up into individual bowls, because, you know… cheeeeeese!

Italian Sausage Gnocchi in cast iron skillet with wooden spoon

Single serving Italian sausage gnocchi in white bowl

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/

Creamy Italian Sausage Gnocchi
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

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! 

Category: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Italian sausage gnocchi
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 559 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Recipe Notes

Gnocchi does not have to be precooked before adding it to dish.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Italian Sausage Gnocchi
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 559 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 112mg37%
Sodium 1338mg58%
Potassium 352mg10%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 1980IU40%
Vitamin C 7.6mg9%
Calcium 174mg17%
Iron 4.4mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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 If you're looking for a flavorful, 30 minute, 1 pot, comfort food dinner, you'll love Creamy Italian Sausage Gnocchi, with spinach, tomatoes and mozzarella!

Creamy Italian Sausage Gnocchi

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