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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


  • 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)


  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!