Italian Sausage and Gnocchi Skillet

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Sausage, gnocchi, and spinach are the main ingredients in this quick, one-skillet meal. I’ve used mild sausages but hot Italian sausages can be substituted. Gnocchi is usually in the same isle as dried pasta.


  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • ½ cup finely diced onion
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1 pound mild Italian pork sausage, casing removed
  • 1 (16 ounce) package dry mini potato gnocchi
  • 2 ½ cups no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon ground oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese


Heat avocado oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add sausage; stir to break up the meat and cook until well browned, 5 to 7 minutes.

Drain excess oil and keep meat mixture in the skillet. Add gnocchi, stirring to break up any clumps. Stir in tomatoes, salt, basil, oregano, and pepper. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

Stir in spinach and nutmeg and simmer until spinach has wilted, 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses on top, cover, and simmer until cheese has melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately.

Preparation time: 25 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 50 mins
Servings: 6 – Yield: 6 servings



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