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Gnocchi with Spinach and Chicken Sausage

Dinner is easy when I can use ingredients typically found in my fridge and pantry. —Laura Miller, Lake Ann, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) potato gnocchi
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fully cooked Italian chicken sausage links, halved and sliced
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  • Cook gnocchi according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook sausage and shallots until sausage is browned and shallots are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • Stir in wine. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half, 3-4 minutes. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and broth until smooth; stir into sausage mixture. Return to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Add spinach and cream; cook and stir until spinach is wilted.
  • Drain gnocchi; add to pan and heat through. Sprinkle with cheese.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Gnocchi is available shelf-stable and frozen. Look for the shelf-stable variety in the pasta aisle.
  • If you don't have gnocchi on hand to make this dish, use your favorite medium-sized pasta.

  • Editor's Note
    Look for potato gnocchi in the pasta or frozen foods section.
    Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 604 calories, 28g fat (12g saturated fat), 119mg cholesterol, 1226mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 27g protein.

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    • Marsha
      Feb 19, 2021

      A big hit! I shopped after a big snow storm so ended up with Sweet Italian Sausage. I don’t think it matters! More white wine vs chicken stock. Very rich and creamy. I will make this again.

    • lfreer
      Feb 9, 2021

      This recipe is fantastic! My husband does not normally like gnocchi, but he loved this! The only change I made was adding sliced mushrooms. Definitely a meal we will do again!

    • Shawna
      Feb 8, 2021

      Flavorful, delicious, I will definitely make again!

    • Sunnygrammie
      Feb 3, 2021

      Made the recipe exactly as written with the exception of added a splash of red pepper flakes. My husband said, "You can make this again!" So it will be going in our rotation. The sauce is really delicious.

    • Rebecca
      Feb 3, 2021

      I love this creamy, tasty dish! Super easy to make and reheats wonderfully, which is great for leftovers. I omitted the sausage and added more spinach for a delicious meatless meal.

    • Haywardnut
      Jan 28, 2021

      Will definitely make this again! I used polish sausage, added mushrooms and used frozen spinach. Used only the chicken broth. Everything I had on hand. My pickiest eater loved it. For a cold winter's night, it was a perfect quick meal.

    • Pam
      Jan 19, 2021

      Outstanding! Made the following changes (using pantry items): I used 3 mild Italian turkey sausage links (without the casing-approx. 12 oz), only had 1/4 c white wine so used veggie broth to fill to 1 cup, used approx. 5 oz baby spinach; otherwise followed the recipe. This was easy and delicious. Would definitely make again.

    • ellimaye1
      Jan 19, 2021

      I was really looking forward to this based on the reviews, but no one in the family liked it. To us it lacked flavor.

    • Mark
      Jan 11, 2021

      WOW!!! This was so delicious! I didn't have a lot of experience with gnocchi. They couldn't be easier to cook. I did things a bit differently. I baked Italian sausage, shallots, and garlic in the oven in a roasting pan on a couple of layers of foil. Sausage is so much easier to slice when it's cooked. I then poured the drippings from the pan into the skillet that had the broth/cornstarch and wine in it. We will be eating this meal regularly from now on!

    • nancy
      Jan 11, 2021

      Delicious and so easy. I reduced the cream, added red pepper flakes and grated pecorino romano to the sauce.