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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2015


Recipe Summary

45 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler to high.

  • 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 Facts

418 calories; protein 20.6g; carbohydrates 52.3g; dietary fiber 3.4g; sugars 2.1g; fat 14.7g; saturated fat 3.8g; cholesterol 46.3mg; vitamin a iu 8107.6IU; vitamin c 28.2mg; folate 175.5mcg; calcium 176.9mg; iron 3mg; magnesium 83.4mg; potassium 670.7mg; sodium 791.8mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 3 stars
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. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Super simple! I used a 16 ounce package of sausage added cherry tomatoes to the sausage mixture to give it a little more color. We finished it off with a drizzle of truffle oil before serving which put this over the top- yum! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More