Spinach & Sausage Gnocchi

Spinach & Sausage Gnocchi

9 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2015

Some like it hot—but if you don't, sweet Italian turkey sausage is also delicious in this healthy gnocchi recipe. Serve with a mixed green salad with sherry vinaigrette.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 links hot Italian turkey sausage (about 6½ ounces), casings removed
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 12-ounce bag spinach, stemmed
  • 1 16-ounce package shelf-stable gnocchi
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced fresh mozzarella cheese


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  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large broiler-safe skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low; continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and very tender, about 10 minutes more. Increase heat to medium and add sausage, garlic and pepper. Cook, breaking up the sausage with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Add water and cook, stirring up any browned bits, until the water has evaporated, about 1 minute. Add spinach a handful at a time and cook, stirring, until wilted, 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler to high.
  3. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add gnocchi and cook, stirring often, until plumped and starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir the gnocchi into the spinach mixture. Top with mozzarella. Broil until the cheese starts to brown, 3 to 5 minutes.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1¼ cups
  • Per serving: 418 calories; 15 g fat(4 g sat); 3 g fiber; 52 g carbohydrates; 21 g protein; 176 mcg folate; 46 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 8,108 IU vitamin A; 28 mg vitamin C; 177 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 792 mg sodium; 671 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (162% daily value), Vitamin C (47% dv), Folate (44% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 3 starch, 1½ vegetable, 1 lean meat, ½ medium-fat meat, 1½ fat

Reviews 9

July 03, 2017
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By: Laura Eubanks Lewandowski
My husband loved it the _third_ time I made it--boiled the gnocchi first, then fried it a few minutes, also used sweet Italian turkey sausage. No changes otherwise. We'll have it again with those changes.
January 02, 2017
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By: chantalle nugent
i enjoy this recipe , the slight crunch from the gnocchi and the spices from the sausages. I used venison sausages instead of your Italian ones. I also added chilli powder to the sausage and spinach.
December 02, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious and EASY I really didn't think it would be so tasty with so few ingredients. I was wrong! My husband took one bite and said, This is really good! What's in it? My 17 year old son said, Yea! I really like this! Can you make it again? This recipe is going into regular rotation. It's so simple and quick to make that it's perfect for those busy evenings. Even if you don't serve it with anything else, you hit all the food groups in one dish! Pros: easy, simple ingredients, filling
November 25, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Heavy Duty Comfort Food Loved it! What a score for my family. Of course I doubled up on onion and garlic cause that's what I love and I also added a bit of fennel seed but that depends on the type of Italian sausage you have (and if you like fennel :)...also put feta cheese with moz...awesomely perfect Pros: Kid friendly, quick, good weekday meal
November 22, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Exceptional recipe but made some modifications We used Jimmy Dean roll sausage (cooked and drained) and I substituted frozen brussel sprouts (defrosted and warmed) because I did't have spinach. I covered the ingredients with shredded mozzarella. We also boiled the gnocchi before frying and it turned out moist and great. We loved it so much I shared it with my friends on facebook. They also tried it with my modifications and loved it! It's super easy to alter this recipe to your taste or what you have on hand. Give it a go! Pros: Easy to make, great to eat - even as leftovers
September 23, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Really easy! Easy and super quick! I will be making this again and again. I think I'll add halved cherry tomatoes next time. Yum!
February 17, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious and Easy I gotta say that this was a delicious recipe. Just finished cooking some and will have it for lunch/dinner the next few nights. The only thing I might try differently is cooking the gnocchi the way the package says (boiling) instead of frying them. Think it might have made this work a bit better. Pros: Simple steps and minimal prep
February 08, 2015
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By: jillyburke
Flavorful and filling This was a nice meal for a winter night. The hot sausage gives it lots of kick. Pros: Simple ingredients, not complicated Cons: Heavy on spinach
January 23, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Easy and flavorful comfort food! This was fun to make, smelled fantastic, and turned out very well. Highly flavorful and terrific for a cold winter day ... a definite new 'comfort food dish' at my home. I'm not a huge gnocchi fan but liked this cooking approach and I'm converted! Pros: Easy to make; flavorful; adaptive Cons: a lot of GNOCCHI
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