This creamy gnocchi with sausage recipe is an easy, quick, and incredibly delicious comfort food meal made all in one pan. It's ready in just 30 minutes!
If you're wondering what to make with Italian sausage, try my Creamy Sausage and Peppers Pasta or Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup next for more inspiration.
Why you'll love it
Tender gnocchi and flavorful Italian sausage is one of my favorite combos. It's just such a tasty protein that goes with all kinds of pasta, and gnocchi is no exception. Pair it with a mouthwatering creamy tomato sauce, and it's pure heaven. This one pan gnocchi recipe tastes like it came from a restaurant, but it's super simple to make.
Like several of my gnocchi recipes, this Italian sausage gnocchi is a one pan wonder as well. The gnocchi cooks right in the sauce, so no need to boil it separately. Fewer dishes means more time spent enjoying this cozy treat with your family or guests that's sure to dazzle!
What you'll need
- Italian sausage - use either ground sausage meat or buy a pack of mild Italian sausages, take out of the casings, and crumble it
- Onion and garlic - our base aromatics. I prefer sweet (Vidalia) onions, and this garlic press is my go-to since you don't even need to peel the cloves before mincing them.
- White wine - adds a touch of elegance! Use a dry white wine like sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio, one you actually enjoy drinking (not cooking wine).
- Diced tomatoes - a convenient way to get that concentrated tomato taste since they're canned at the peak of ripeness
- Heavy cream - for making the sauce luxurious
- Gnocchi - I buy the shelf-stable potato gnocchi found in the pasta aisle of most major grocery stores
- Parmesan cheese - always use freshly grated for optimal flavor and texture
- Basil - it gives a burst of freshness and is a classic pairing with tomato sauces
- I have homemade gnocchi. Can I use that instead? Not for this recipe. It's very delicate and won't hold up to the one pan recipe method.
- Am I supposed to cook the gnocchi first? Nope! The beauty of this one is that it cooks right in the sauce. In fact, the starch released is an important component of the sauce.
- Why isn't my sauce thickening? Stoves and cookware are all different, so if it's not thickening up, simply give it more time. On the other hand, if your stove runs hot, just turn down the heat a little.
How to make creamy sausage gnocchi
This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.
Prep the ingredients. Sauté the sausage and onion in a skillet until lightly browned, then stir in the garlic for about half a minute. Pour in the wine and cook for a minute or so.
Add in the tomatoes, gnocchi, and cream. Let it bubble, then cover and reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Stir, then let it cook uncovered until thickened and the gnocchi is soft. Add in the parm, basil, and season with salt & pepper. Enjoy!
Substitutions and variations
- If you can't use white wine for whatever reason, try replacing it with chicken broth plus 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard.
- For a spicy kick, add in some crushed pepper flakes or use a hot variety of sausage. You could also try my Spicy Italian Sausage Gnocchi recipe instead.
- Many of my readers add in some spinach at the end until it wilts to get in some greens.
- Our kitchen doesn't recommend substituting the heavy cream for something with a lower fat content. You could get away with using half-and-half, but it won't be as rich or flavorful, and there's always a chance of curdling due to the tomatoes.
What to serve with this gnocchi
- This is a fairly rich meal, so all it needs is a big slice of fresh bread alongside it. Try French bread, sourdough, or a dinner roll. Going all out with Cheesy Garlic Bread is always a good idea, though!
- For lighter fare, my Super Simple Parmesan Arugula Salad is easy peasy and goes well. Mixed greens with my Creamy Balsamic Dressing works too.
Leftovers and storage
- Leftovers of this gnocchi will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge in a covered container.
- I suggest re-warming it in a saucepan over a low heat slowly. Keep in mind that as time goes on, the gnocchi will release more starch, so you can always add a splash more wine or cream to thin it a bit.
- Freezing pasta with creamy sauces isn't something I recommend. The texture is liable to change.
Hope you love this simple gnocchi recipe! Questions? Don't hesitate to ask. I'd love it if you left me a review below. You can also tag me #saltandlavender on Instagram to showcase any recipe of mine you made.
One Pan Creamy Gnocchi with Sausage
- 16 ounces Italian sausage
- 1/2 small onion chopped finely
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1/3 cup dry white wine (e.g. sauvignon blanc)
- 1 (14 fluid ounce) can diced tomatoes with juices
- 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
- 1 pound uncooked potato gnocchi
- 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Handful fresh basil torn
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Sauté the sausage and onion in a skillet over medium-high heat for 7-10 minutes, or until lightly browned.
- Add the garlic to the pan and sauté for about 30 seconds.
- Add the wine and let it cook for about a minute.
- Stir in the diced tomatoes, cream, and gnocchi. Once the sauce starts to bubble again, cover the pan and reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Uncover the pan, give it a good stir, and let it cook for another few minutes, or until the gnocchi has cooked through and is nice and soft and the sauce has thickened to your liking.
- Stir in the parmesan cheese, basil, and salt & pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.
- There is no need to pre-cook the gnocchi. It'll cook right in the sauce.
- For the sausages, anything around the 16 ounce/1 pound ballpark is fine - it doesn't need to be exact. Buy ground sausage meat or take the sausage meat out of the casings if using whole sausages.
- 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.
This recipe was originally published on December 22, 2017. It's been updated with new photos and better instructions but is the same great recipe!
This recipe is excellent! Super easy, quick, and so delicious! Thank you 🙂
You're very welcome, Lauren! 😀
Thank you! A friend posted this on Facebook, I tried it with family, made it again the next night for friends, my niece (who had the first night) made it two days later and another friend made it last night. This was simple, yet AMAZING. I need to double the recipe because everyone goes back for seconds. (not sure why you suggest what to do with leftovers)
I also appreciate you suggesting what to serve with it - that is rare and much needed.
Omg I love that hahaha. I'm so glad it's a new favorite!! 😀 Thanks for your kind review, Jen!
This was a very easy dish, by easy I mean that the ingredients did all the work! I opted for using chicken broth & Grey Poupon mustard!! I’m so happy I did that! I used sweet sausage, and I’m going to try hot sausage, this week! I have never, ever been led astray by any Salt & Lavender recipes, always easy to follow directions, and what I think I love most, she includes alternative ingredients, if you don’t have something on hand!!
A tried & true fan!
I'm thrilled you enjoyed it so much, Deb! Your sweet comment made my day! 😀
Made this tonight and I was told this is to be added to our regular recipe rotation! It’s a huge hit!
Miranda @ Salt & Lavender says
Fantastic! So glad you found a new favorite, Denise!
Lynsie Anchordoquy says
2nd time making this recipe - my picky 7 year old gives it 10/10 (which he usually only gives corn dogs and quesadillas)! ❤️😍
Miranda @ Salt & Lavender says
That's awesome! Happy you both enjoy it, Lynsie.
Looks delicious! For my dairy free family, can I substitute full fat coconut milk in place of the cream?
Hi! You could try but it'll definitely alter the flavor. Let me know how it goes! 🙂
My family loves this recipe every time I make it. I usually use regular pork sausage and spice it up myself. There is never a speck left when I make this. I like to put some parm on top and put it under the broiler for a minute. So good.
The taste-to-effort ratio on this recipe is AMAZING - so easy and quick, but with so much flavor. This has become a staple in our house, to the point that I felt compelled to write this (and I'm not a recipe commenter, typically). Thank you!
Thank you so much! Your review is very much appreciated, Mike!
Natalie T says
I've made this recipe about half a dozen times now and it's delicious! Definitely going to keep it in our rotation of meals.. and it's very easy to make! Highly recommend trying!
That's awesome!! Thanks so much for your glowing review, Natalie! 😀