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This creamy Tuscan sausage gnocchi is the ultimate comfort food! Italian sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, garlic, cream, and fresh basil make the most amazing sauce.

creamy sausage gnocchi in a skillet

My husband loooved this recipe, and he doesn’t even like creamy sauces. I had steak planned for dinner on the day I made this recipe, and I couldn’t stop sneaking bites of this despite the very real risk of ruining my dinner. 😛

This recipe was inspired by my Tuscan sausage pasta, which has been a big hit – especially with my Instagram audience. 

close-up in a white bowl of sausage gnocchi with Tuscan cream sauce

To make this recipe, I use the shelf-stable gnocchi found in the dry pasta aisle. I’ve had readers test similar recipes with fresh homemade gnocchi, and the one pan technique does not seem to work as well, so I would stick with the dry stuff. 

I used half of a 5-pack of Johnsonville mild Italian sausages. Feel free to use hot Italian sausages if that’s your thing! Oh, and if you feel so inclined, replace the chicken broth with white wine… it’ll taste amazing. 

I list basil as optional because the sauce is flavorful enough without it, but in my opinion, fresh basil is one of the true joys of life, so I use it whenever I can. I do not have a green thumb at all, but I look forward to growing fresh basil in my plant pots every year. Just use a small handful in this recipe and it’s elevated to another dimension of OMGthisisgood. 

More one pan gnocchi recipes you may like:

These one-pan gnocchi recipes are just so good and easy to make that there’s sure to be one that suits everyone’s tastes. I’ve had a lot of happy readers use this gnocchi cooking method, so I’m always encouraged to keep the recipes coming. 😉

close-up of creamy Tuscan sausage gnocchi

What to serve with Italian sausage gnocchi 

It’s quite rich and filling, so I recommend a salad or steamed veggies on the side.

This “Tuscan” sauce is pretty popular on the internet these days, and so I certainly jumped on that bandwagon. The Olive Garden made it famous, and for good reason. There’s something magical about this flavor combo. 

Love this sauce? Try these Tuscan-inspired recipes:

Italian sausage gnocchi in two white bowls

Let me know if you’ve made this Tuscan gnocchi recipe!

Questions? Leave me a comment below.

close-up in a white bowl of sausage gnocchi with Tuscan cream sauce
4.97 from 97 votes

Creamy Tuscan Sausage Gnocchi

This creamy Tuscan sausage gnocchi is the ultimate comfort food! Italian sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, garlic, cream, and fresh basil make the most amazing sauce.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 8.8 ounces Italian sausages crumbled
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 pound potato gnocchi
  • 1.5 cups (packed) fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil (optional) to taste
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Take the sausage meat out of the casings and crumble it into a deep skillet. Sauté the sausage over medium-high heat, breaking it up as you go along, until browned (about 5-7 minutes).
  • Stir in the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the chicken broth, cream, lemon juice, sun-dried tomatoes, and gnocchi to the pan. Give it a good stir.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and cover the pan. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Give the gnocchi a stir and then add in the spinach. Cover the pan again for 1-2 minutes until the spinach has wilted.
  • Stir in the parmesan and basil (if using). Ensure the gnocchi is cooked through and the sauce is thickened to your liking (cook for another minute or two if necessary). Season with salt & pepper to taste and serve immediately.

Notes

  • There is no need to pre-cook the gnocchi. It cooks right in the sauce and the starch released from the potatoes will thicken the sauce.
  • Anything around the 8.8 oz ballpark for the sausages will work. I bought a 5-pack of Johnsonville mild Italian sausages and used half of it. Feel free to just buy sausage meat if that's easier. 
  • I used the oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes that come in a jar. I drained the oil prior to adding them to the skillet. 
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

Nutrition

Calories: 684kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 46g, Saturated Fat: 23g, Cholesterol: 140mg, Sodium: 1188mg, Potassium: 550mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 2099IU, Vitamin C: 11mg, Calcium: 236mg, Iron: 6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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265 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    We were served this dish while visiting our friends on Marquette Island , MI. It was really a special dish and we enjoyed it so much we have shared with our friends and neighbors.

  2. I love your gniocchi sausage recipe with sun dried tomatoes and spinach! I actually added great northern beans in this r recipe as I love them in everything .. thank you for sharing! I also use homemade gniocchi and boil them separate and add them in and it works out very well!

  3. 5 stars
    I love love loved it! I can never get husband to eat spinach nor sundried tomatoes but I told him to trust me and try it. He asked for more! Definitely a keeper, the recipe I mean…..oh I guess I’ll keep the husband too. 🤣 Thanks!

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe is delicious and very easy to make. Tastes like a gourmet dish without all the work! I saved a few calories by using half ‘n half and the sauce was still thick and amazing!