I try not to take many chances in my cooking. And by that I mean that I don’t make “chick food”. Because my husband is not shy and will tell me when something is not manly enough. I’ve learned through the years that if it doesn’t include a large piece of meat or isn’t covered in cheddar, it’s going to be called girly.

But sometimes a recipe calls to me. Like this one. I pinned it forever ago and every time I go to plan a week of meals, I click through and stare at it. Because gnocchi with a fun sausage (I used sundried tomato) and spinach is the kind of thing my dreams are made of.

So I finally took a chance and made it. Verdict? My husband loved it! He said it was weird but he ate it and then ate leftovers the next day! I loved it, the kids loved it, it was an all around winner.

Another bonus? It took no time at all to come together! The gnocchi only requires a few minutes in boiling water and I used a fully-cooked chicken sausage so all I had to do was brown it. Seriously awesome.

Gnocchi with Sausage with Spinach
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
  • 1 package pre-made whole-wheat gnocchi about 3 cups
  • 1/4 cup gnocchi cooking water
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 3 links fully-cooked sun-dried tomato chicken sausage diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan
  1. Cook gnocchi according to package directions. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking water before draining.
  2. Heat 1 Tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion until they begin to soften, about 3-4 minutes. Add chicken sausage. Allow the sausage to brown and heat through, stirring occasionally. Add in garlic and baby spinach, toss and continue to cook until spinach is wilted.
  3. Add cooked gnocchi into the skillet with the sausage and spinach, top with the remaining Tablespoon of olive oil and the reserved cooking water. Mix together. Top with Parmesan.
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