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Gnocchi with Sausage and Spinach

Real Simple MARCH 2007

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings
  • Prep time:15 Minutes
  • Other:10 Minutes


  • 2 9-ounce packages refrigerated gnocchi or one 17.5-ounce package shelf-stable gnocchi
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 5-ounce bag baby spinach
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) grated Parmesan, plus more for garnishing


Cook the gnocchi according to the package directions, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the sausage and cook, crumbling it with a spoon, until browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic, spinach, salt, and pepper and cook, tossing frequently, until the spinach wilts, about 3 minutes. Add the drained gnocchi, the reserved cooking liquid, and the Parmesan and toss. Divide among individual bowls and sprinkle with additional Parmesan.

Tip: Gnocchi are small, quick-cooking dumplings, usually made from potatoes. You'll find them with the fresh or dried pasta in supermarkets, or you can substitute a short pasta, such as rigatoni, penne, or farfalle.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 815
  • Calories from fat: 53%
  • Fat: 48g
  • Saturated fat: 14g
  • Cholesterol: 96mg
  • Sodium: 1,886mg
  • Carbohydrate: 58g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugars: 11g
  • Protein: 36g

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