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Spinach & Sausage Gnocchi

  • 45 m
  • 45 m
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“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.”


    • 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


  • 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.
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