Gnocchi with Sausage and Spinach

by Melissa on February 6, 2008

This recipe popped up in my google reader from Sweet Tea in Texas. It worked out well since I was planning on searching for a gnocchi recipe that day. I bought a large box of gnocchi on my last trip to Sam’s Club and it had just been sitting there since. This recipe was great since I had most of the ingredients on hand already. The only problem was the spinach. My oh-so-picky husband does not like cooked spinach, so I needed to think of something green and leafy I could substitute. Since I was already using sausage in the recipe, my mind went to Zuppa Toscana soup, he eats the kale in the soup without even thinking about it. The end result was very good and something I will make again. So here is my version, with kale and a few other changes, the original recipe can be found at


Gnocchi with Sausage and Kale

  • One 17.5 ounce package shelf stable gnocchi
  • 1 roll bulk sausage ( I used Jimmy Dean light)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • medium bunch of kale leaves, rinsed and chopped, stems discarded (or 1 5oz. bag of baby spinach)
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for garnishing

Heat the sausage in a large skillet over medium heat, crumbling  it with  a spoon. When sausage is almost completely browned, add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

Add the garlic, chicken broth, kale and seasonings, cover, stir occasionally. It will look like a lot of kale, but it will wilt down as it cooks. While sausage mixture is simmering, cook the gnocchi according to package directions.

When gnocchi is cooked, drain and add to the sausage mixture, add Parmesan cheese and toss together. Divide among individual bowls and top with additional Parmesan.

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Elizabeth Copeland June 9, 2009 at 7:30 pm

I will be trying this tomorrow night. I need to get out of my kale with white beans and garlic rut!


rebecca February 28, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!


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