Sausage Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce

bowl of garnished gnocchi with a hand with a fork going in for a bite.

This Sausage Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce is an absolutely stellar weeknight meal! Loaded with spicy Italian sausage, pillowy soft gnocchi and the best homemade sauce, this is a simple dish that’s loaded with tons of flavor! 

You guyssss!!! This dish is my new favorite meal. I feel like I probably say that about all of my recipes, but I swear, it’s true for this one!! 

This was an especially fun one to make because it came about so organically. We had a  random package of gnocchi (from when we made my Creamy Chicken Sausage and Gnocchi Soup) in our pantry we needed to use up and one night, we cracked open a bottle of wine and just really added a pinch of this, a little bit of that and voila! We had this super delicious meal. 

I knew right when I took the first bite that I wanted to put it on the blog. So here we are! 

Why You’re Going to Love this Dish: 

This dish feels SO over the top and super delicious yet it’s so simple. Aside from cooking the gnocchi in a pot – it’s made all in ONE PAN. Each of the flavors are perfectly melded into one another, making a perfectly seamless delicious date night at home option. 

This gnocchi, like the title references, is made with sausage. For this particular recipe, I used spicy Italian sausage which I highly recommend for an extra pop of flavor and kick of spiciness! 

It also utilizes fresh onion, garlic and basil. Hello aromatics and we are so thankful you’re here. 

pan of gnocchi with the sausage and tomato sauce.

Another delicious and simple ingredient it uses? San Marzano tomatoes! Ohhhh, these tomatoes, y’all. First off, they’re canned (hello simplicity) and second, they have the absolutely BEST flavor. They aren’t overly acidic like some canned tomatoes can be and they have an amazingly strong tomato flavor. 

Speaking of that tomato sauce….we had to add a little bit of red wine to give it an extra depth of flavor! Near the end, you add a little bit of parmesan cheese for a bit of extra saltiness but it’s never overly cheesy. 

spoon scooping out a bite of the gnocchi in the pan.

And we can’t forget about the gnocchi, y’all. This gnocchi is SO soft, fluffy and has the best texture. When added to the sauce, the starch from the potatoes help to thicken up the sauce and it makes it taste so scrumptious! 

Add some fresh basil on top along with some red pepper flakes, eat with some crusty bread and a glass of red wine and hello date night meal! Let’s get into how to make it! 

Ingredients You Need: 

  • Potato gnocchi 
  • Spicy Italian sausage
  • San Marzano tomatoes 
  • Fresh garlic 
  • Yellow onion 
  • Red wine 
  • Parmesan cheese 
  • Fresh basil 
  • olive oil 
  • Salt 
  • Pepper 
  • Red pepper flakes 

How to Make: 

First, let’s chop up those veggies. Finely dice the onion and finely mince the garlic. In a large pan, add in a tsp or so of olive oil and let it warm up on medium heat. 

Once warmed, add in the onions with a pinch of salt. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until translucent and then add in the spicy Italian sausage! Cook the sausage until it’s cooked all the way through – it should take about 5-7 minutes or so. Once it’s done, add in the fresh garlic and cook for 1 more minute, until garlic is fragrant. 

Next, add in the can of San Marzano tomatoes! Don’t drain the can – add all the juice and goodness in there!

Using a wooden spoon, carefully begin crushing the tomatoes to make a sauce and spread them out around the pan. 

side by side photos of the meat and the meat with the tomatoes in a pan.

Add in the wine, a pinch more salt and black pepper and cover and let it simmer!

Simmer this, covered, for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once it’s done, make sure that you TASTE it and adjust for seasoning. If you think it needs more salt, add it! Needs more spiciness? Add in some red pepper flakes! Too spicy? Add in a splash of heavy cream to balance it out. 

Finally, add in the parmesan cheese and stir in. Keep the pan on low. 

Make your gnocchi by following the package directions. For me, that meant bringing water to a boil, adding the gnocchi and cooking for 3 minutes until they rise to the top. 

overhead shot of bowl of garnished gnocchi with fork in the bowl.

Drain the gnocchi and add it directly to the pan and stir to combine. 

Serve it up! Garnish with fresh basil, red pepper flakes and more parmesan. YUM!

Best Tips/Substitutions:

This dish is pretty spicy, y’all. If you want it less spicy, use mild italian sausage and skip the red pepper flakes!

Want your sauce to be creamy? At the end, add in a splash (or three hehe) of heavy cream! 

Skip the wine completely if desired 🙂 

close up of side of the bowl of garnished gnocchi

You can use dried basil if you want but highly recommend fresh! 

This dish is just SO good, you guys…from the soft fluffy gnocchi, to the spicy red sauce and the sausage…you guys are going to love it! Cheers to eating cozy meals this winter! 

Did you like this recipe? Here are a few others you might like: 

One Skillet Taco Chili Mac and Cheese

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta with Chicken Sausage 

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Sausage Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce

This Sausage Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce is an absolutely stellar weeknight meal! Loaded with spicy Italian sausage, pillowy soft gnocchi and the best homemade sauce, this is a simple dish that’s loaded with tons of flavor! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword gnocchi with red sauce, gnocchi with spicy sausage, gnocchi with tomato sauce, homemade tomato sauce, sausage gnocchi soup, spicy sausge with gnocchi
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Haylie

Ingredients

  • 1 16 oz package potato gnocchi
  • 1 (28 oz) can of san Marzano tomatoes 
  • 3 medium cloves of garlic , minced 
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped 
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1 lb of Spicy Italian Sausage 
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and then some to top 
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh basil / red pepper flakes for garnish (if desired)

Instructions

  1. Finely chop the onions and mince the garlic. 

  2. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil to a large shallow pan. 

  3. Let it heat on medium heat and then add in onions with a large pinch of salt. 

  4. Cook onions for 1-2 minutes and then add in the spicy sausage. Cook until sausage is cooked all the way through, about 5-7 minutes  and then add in garlic and cook for 1 minute or so. 

  5. Add in the entire can of San Marzano tomatoes and using a wooden spoon, crush them to make a “sauce”. Add in the red wine, a pinch more salt and a crack of pepper. Stir and let come to a simmer. 

  6. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, covered. Once done, taste and adjust seasoning. Add in parmesan cheese and stir in. Keep on low.

  7. In a large pot, cook the gnocchi according to package directions. Once done, drain them and directly add them to the sauce. Garnish with fresh basil and red pepper flakes and more parmesan cheese if desired.

  8. Enjoy while hot!

Recipe Notes

Taste and season AS YOU GO! If it needs more salt, add it! A dash of red pepper flakes? Add it! A splash of olive oil? Do it! Trust your instincts when it comes to flavoring! See above for substitutions for other ideas!

Substitute mild Italian sausage for the spicy sausage for a less spicy dish. 

Skip the wine altogether if desired!

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