Photo: Oxmoor House
Prep Time
1 Min
Cook Time
14 Mins
7 servings (serving size: 1 cup soup and about 1 tablespoon cheese)

Gnocchi are small, quick-cooking dumplings usually made from potatoes. Look for shelf-stable vacuum-packed packages of gnocchi with the dried pasta in your local supermarket. Serve this hearty main-dish soup with a crisp green salad.


Prep: 1 minute; Cook: 14 minutes

How to Make It

Step 1

Remove casings from sausage. Cook sausage in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until sausage is browned, stirring to crumble.

Step 2

Add 2 cups water and next 3 ingredients to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 4 to 5 minutes or until gnocchi float to the top of pan. Ladle soup into bowls; sprinkle each serving evenly with cheese.

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Ratings & Reviews

Super easy, cheap, and filling. Changed the recipe a bit and can even freeze

November 21, 2015
I've added to the recipe myself to amp up the flavors and textures. If you want it to be super cheap just skip the rest of the ingredients. I saute half an onion, a cup of shredded carrots (lightly chopped), and italian seasoning with the lean italian sausage and drain off the fat. Then I add all the ingredients plus a can of rinsed white beans and sometimes add another can or box of tomatoes with a bit more salt. Let it all cook down for about 20 min then add the gnocchi. This is a great freezer meal if you don't add the gnocchi until the soup is thawed and heated; just bring to a boil and add. I love it!!!

Jomelt's Review

October 21, 2014
This was perfect for an easy weeknight meal. We used pork italian sausage since that's what we had on hand. I also sautéed a little garlic in with the sausage and served the soup with some garlic toast. This delivers a lot of flavor with few ingredients, and is super easy to make.

Connielou's Review

October 02, 2014
I have made this many times and it is always a winner. I usually add a tablespoon of my homemade pesto to spice it up and have used kale instead of spinach, and added garbanzos or black beans. It is really filling and tasty with a green salad and crusty bread there are minimal leftovers maybe enough for an 8 oz cup the next day for my lunch!

ruthmargaret's Review

May 04, 2014

Lindawapp's Review

January 31, 2014
This was a great recipe for a quick meal. I had a little more time so I added minced onion and garlic to the sausage while browning. Then I added beef stock and chicken stock (no water), the tomatoes and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Then I added the gnocchi and let cook until the gnocchi rose to the surface. I then added fresh oregano and spinach and let the spinach wilt. Served with French bread and grated Parmesan. Excellent!

BetsyDR's Review

January 15, 2014
I've made this several times now. Like others, I've upped the sausage to two links, and added spinach at the end. Unfortunately, there are never any leftovers because our teenaged son has a second helping before bed. Grrr.

laura808's Review

November 01, 2013
After reading the reviews, I knew 1 turkey sausage link would not be enough for us so I used 4 links. I also used fire-roasted tomatoes instead of stewed. We really enjoyed this soup and it was a different way to use gnocchi. Served with the parmesan on top, and with some good crusty bread and a nice red wine. Will definitely make this again, so easy and quick.

Onecentinvegas's Review

October 14, 2013
Way good! I added tons of extra veggies--a drained and rinsed can of black beans, a little shredded cabbage, fresh green beans, chopped carrots, baby kale and chopped fresh yellow peppers. Added a bit more broth, but used chicken broth. It was delicious!! Took the leftovers to my coworkers and it disappeared in an instant. Will for sure make again. Fast, easy and very, very good!

amfarmer5's Review

April 17, 2013
I made this for my boyfriend on his birthday and it was yummy! I couldn't find the hot sausage so I used mild ground italian sausage and whole wheat gnocci. I spiced it up with Italian seasoning and crushed red peppers. It was so good that we forgot to add the Parmesan cheese! Trust me, it was great without it. Will make again soon!

HealthyGirl82's Review

March 16, 2013
Loved this recipe! So easy and quick. I did do subs though, added more veggies, some Sirarcha, and used a little pepper jack cheese instead of Parmesan. I used Basil flavored Gnocchi. Tip: If you use flavored or infused flavor gnocchi, make sure you allow it to simmer on low for a little bit in the broth so it can soak up the flavor more and rest. This will allow the flavored gnocchi taste to mellow and not over power the soup