Italian Sausage Gnocchi Skillet

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 5 servings

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This Italian Sausage Gnocchi Skillet is an easy dinner made in one pot with just SIX ingredients! Ready in 30 minutes or less. Step by step recipe video down in the recipe card.

If you like this recipe, you’ll also love this Sausage Orzo Soup, Three Cheese Gnocchi Bake and this Sausage Tortellini Soup!

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October is all about easy skillet meals here and this Italian Sausage Gnocchi Skillet is a new family favorite!

Gnocchi may not be an ingredient you always have stocked, but it’s worth it to grab a few bags from the dried pasta aisle when you see them because they really make a fabulous cozy meal in no time!

This Chicken Gnocchi Soup has long been one of our favorites, so it was time to use our gnocchi in this easy skillet dinner.

One of the best things about gnocchi is how quickly it cooks up perfectly. If you’re boiling gnocchi, they cook up in just 2-4 minutes, and in this recipe, they cook up tender and fluffy in not much longer!

They make this recipe the perfect weeknight dinner win — quick, cozy, and a crowd pleaser!

Check out this Gnocchi with Sausage, Spinach and Tomatoes, Italian Sausage Gnocchi Soup or this Slow Cooker Chicken Gnocchi Soup next!

Tips for making this Italian Sausage Gnocchi:

  • Choose ingredients you love: because there are so few ingredients in this recipe, every one counts. Choose ingredients that have great flavor and they will take this recipe over the top!
  • Don’t overcook: gnocchi cooks very quickly (5-8 minutes), so keep an eye on the skillet and stir regularly so that every gnocchi is cooked evenly. We want fluffy but not mushy!
  • Add your own spin: this recipe is amazing on its own, but there are a lot of different ways you can make it your own, and I’ve included a bunch of ideas down below!
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Variations and Substitutions for this Gnocchi Skillet:

  • Swap out the mild Italian sausage for a spicy version, or use ground beef or turkey instead! (Although you’ll want to add extra seasoning if going that route)
  • Swap out the sausage for some of this Crockpot Shredded Chicken or Instant Pot Shredded Chicken if you have a batch prepped in the fridge!
  • Use a little more tomato sauce or a little more cream to customize the sauce to your preferences
  • Use light cream or whole milk to make this recipe a little lighter
  • Swap out the spinach for kale or other vegetables, just keep in mind how long they need to cook and them earlier in the recipe if need be
italian sausage gnocchi skillet with wooden spoon scooping

How to make this Gnocchi recipe ahead:

This Gnocchi recipe is just as delicious prepped ahead and reheated later on!

If you know you’ll be reheating it, be sure you don’t overcook the gnocchi as it will cook further when you reheat it.

Cover tightly and refrigerate up to 4 days.

To reheat, add a splash of water, milk or chicken broth and place on the stove over medium-low heat, stirring often, until warmed through. Serve!

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Italian Sausage Gnocchi Skillet

5 from 18 votes
This Italian Sausage Gnocchi Skillet is an easy dinner made in one pot with just SIX ingredients! Ready in 30 minutes or less.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Cuisine American, Italian
Course Main Course
Servings 5 servings
Calories 664cal


  • 375 gram package mild Italian sausage (about ¾ lb), casings removed
  • cup tomato-based pasta sauce
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 500 grams dried potato gnocchi (about 1 lb)
  • cups chopped fresh spinach
  • cups shredded mozzarella cheese


  • In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until browned.
  • Stir in tomato sauce, cream, salt and pepper. Stir until combined.
  • Add gnocchi and stir to coat. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, cover and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring often, until gnocchi are tender. If most of the liquid is absorbed but the gnocchi is still not cooked through, add a splash of water or broth and continue cooking.
  • Stir in spinach and top with shredded cheese. Cover and let cheese melt before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 664cal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 1696mg | Potassium: 518mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1914IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 246mg | Iron: 6mg
Keywords gnocchi recipe, italian sausage gnocchi

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Claire says

    This was excellent and so easy! I only had half and half on hand, it worked perfectly. I also used sweet Italian chicken sausage and beef. It was seriously good. I usually don’t like cooked spinach but it was perfect in this dish.

    • The Recipe Rebel says

      Hi Alisia! Tomato sauce may work but it is typically thinner than a jarred pasta sauce. If you decide to experiment, let me know how it goes!

  2. Katina M Durst says

    My WHOLE family loved this, even my picky 6 year old and hubby!!! He even asked me to make again, which he seldom asks that. Definitely putting this recipe in my normal rotation. Thank you so much for such a quick and delicious meal.

  3. Shawn says

    A true family favorite now that I can make in a flash. I’ve swapped spinach with kale, sweet sausage for spicy, and the kids still devour it. So easy and so much flavor, thank you Ashley!

  4. Tami G says

    Just made this tonight, it was delicious! Really rich but I expect no less from any gnocchi dish. Super quick and easy, perfect for weeknight. Looking forward to the leftovers!

  5. Monica Bernardino says

    Super delicious and very italian comfort food but there’s one more missing ingredient especially the McCormick italian seasonings. That’ll make the super extra flavor will blow your minds out. Thumbs up you agree with that.

  6. Libbyg says

    ⭐️Simple ingredients
    ⭐️Easy prep
    ⭐️Ready in 30 minutes or less
    ⭐️Tastes delicious
    ⭐️Definitely a new family favourite

  7. Jen says

    As I’m scrolling through the photos, my stomach is growling more and more! Looks like I know what I’m making for dinner tonight. Can’t wait!

  8. Shelley says

    We absolutely adore gnocchi at my house, and creamy tomato sauce is a favorite indulgence of mine – this is a perfect combination! Love that it’s so easy with just a handful of ingredients. And great tips for little tweaks and swaps to make it a bit lighter or change up veggies. Oh! And super excited that this can be made several days in advance – so perfect for busy nights!

  9. Jane Saunders says

    I love how quick to prepare this meal is and it’s a great way to incorporate spinach into a family meal.

5 from 18 votes (7 ratings without comment)

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