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This sausage gnocchi soup recipe has flavorful Italian sausage, pillowy gnocchi, and vegetables enveloped in a comforting tomato broth! It’s so simple to make.

Craving a creamy soup instead? Try my Parmesan, Mushroom, and Spinach Gnocchi Soup next.

a bowl of sausage gnocchi soup with a spoon

Why you’ll love it

You all know I’m a big fan of creamy soups like my Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup, but sometimes a dairy-free one like this Italian sausage soup with gnocchi hits the spot! It’s very easy to throw together, and that’s a win when you want a cozy bowl of soup with little effort.

This gnocchi soup is filling and hearty without being heavy, and the fresh flavors from the spinach and basil make it nourishing and delicious. You can grab the handful of everyday ingredients on the way home from work in this cozy, family-friendly soup.

What you’ll need

  • Olive oil – for sautéing
  • Sausage – I chose Johnsonville Italian pork sausage for this soup
  • Onion, celery, and carrots – also known as mirepoix, it’s a classic base for any soup. I like sweet (Vidalia) onions.
  • Garlic – we’re using a generous amount for more savory flavor
  • Chicken broth – to add another dimension to the broth
  • Tomato sauce – for that rich tomato flavor. International readers, it’s similar to passata.
  • Gnocchi – the shelf stable potato gnocchi found in the dry pasta aisle
  • Italian seasoning – this is my favorite jar on my spice rack! It’s a versatile blend of fragrant dried herbs.
  • Spinach and basil – for a pop of freshness
ingredients for italian sausage gnocchi soup in prep bowls

Pro tip

  • A 32 oz container of chicken broth makes the 4 cups required for this recipe, so there’s no measuring needed!

How to make sausage gnocchi soup

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

cooking sausage and mirepoix in a soup pot for gnocchi soup

Brown the sausage in the olive oil in a soup pot. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Add extra oil to the pot if needed, and sauté the onions, carrots, and celery until softened and the onions are lightly browned. Stir in the garlic.

adding gnocchi, spinach, and basil to a pot of soup

Return the sausage to the pot, and add in the broth, gnocchi, tomato sauce, and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil, then gently simmer for about 10 minutes, giving it the occasional stir. Add in the fresh spinach and basil, season with salt & pepper, and serve.

Tools for this recipe

Check out Natasha’s favorite kitchen essentials, gadgets, and cookware!

  • A sturdy Dutch oven is a great piece to make all your soups in.
  • To make mincing garlic much easier, I use this garlic press.
  • On the lookout for a great soup ladle? You’ll enjoy this one.

Substitutions and variations

  • Some heavy cream (try 1/2 to 1 cup) would go great in here! I’d add it in at the same time as the spinach and basil.
  • Want to give this soup a little kick? Add in 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes or use hot Italian sausage.
  • You could sub the spinach for kale, but I would add it in a bit earlier in the cooking process as it does take longer to wilt.

What to serve with sausage gnocchi soup

  • Garlic Bread is a great pairing to round out this meal. Dinner rolls or a slice of fresh bread like sourdough also works.
  • If you’re craving that soup and salad combination, try a creamy dressing like my Homemade Ranch Dressing and spring mix for a tasty complement.

Leftovers and storage

  • Leftovers will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge in an airtight container. The gnocchi will continue to release starch over time, so you may need to add a little more chicken broth to thin the soup.
  • Warm it up in a saucepan over a low temperature until heated through.
  • Leftovers can be frozen for up to 3 months.
a ladle in a pot of sausage gnocchi soup

If you made this gnocchi and sausage soup, I’d love it if you left a review below! Questions? Please ask. You can also tag me #saltandlavender on Instagram.

a bowl of sausage gnocchi soup with a spoon
4.94 from 15 votes

Sausage Gnocchi Soup

This sausage gnocchi soup recipe has flavorful Italian sausage, pillowy gnocchi, and vegetables enveloped in a comforting tomato broth! It's so simple to make.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 16 ounces Italian sausage see note
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 2 sticks celery chopped
  • 2 medium carrots peeled & sliced fairly thin
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (14 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 pound uncooked potato gnocchi
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2-3 cups (packed) fresh baby spinach
  • Handful fresh basil
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Add the oil and sausage to a large soup pot. Cook over medium-high heat until browned (about 10 minutes), then transfer to a paper towel lined plate.
  • If the pot is looking a bit dry, add a splash of olive oil to it. Add the onion, celery, and carrots to the pot, and sauté for 8-10 minutes, until the onions are lightly browned and the celery and carrots have softened a bit.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the sausage back to the pot, and then add in the chicken broth, tomato sauce, gnocchi, and Italian seasoning. Bring the soup to a boil, and then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes with the lid slightly open. Give it a stir a couple of times so that nothing is sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • Stir in the spinach and basil, season with salt & pepper as needed, and enjoy!


  • Use ground Italian sausage or take the sausage meat out of the casings and crumble it into the soup pot.


Calories: 450kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 61mg, Sodium: 1737mg, Potassium: 597mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 4722IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 76mg, Iron: 5mg

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

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  1. Joe Milazzo says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe for a cold winter day, and a great way to sneak some veggies into the kids.

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you, Joe!! So happy it was a hit!

  2. Hannah S says:

    4 stars
    This recipe was so delicious! We love so many of the salt and lavender recipes. But this one will definitely be added do our rotation on cold winter nights! Definitely recommend.

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you so much! You’re very welcome, Hannah!

  3. Sandy says:

    5 stars
    My friend served this soup at a Holiday gathering in Idaho. Everybody wanted the recipe, it is so good, can’t wait to make it for my family and friends.

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s awesome!! 😀 Thanks for your review, Sandy!

  4. Meghan says:

    5 stars
    I made this exactly as the recipe is written and it is so delicious! I stained the broth for my toddler who loved the solid contents. I will serve it with buttery bread for my husband. So great! Thank you so much.

    1. Natasha says:

      Fabulous! Glad you guys enjoyed it!

  5. Dawn Mutuski says:

    5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious! I shared it with my family and one of my sons already made it and totally agreed. Now I am trying the sausage and tortellini crockpot soup. Making it tonight. Love your recipes!

    1. Natasha says:

      I love that!! 😀 Thank you, Dawn!

  6. Sophia says:

    Great recipe- added green onion and a dash of milk- garlic and onion powdered paprika too – basil sage and spinach- will make again!

    1. Natasha says:


  7. Angela Chapman says:

    5 stars
    I made this for the first time tonight and we can’t stop talking about how good it is! So much flavor! I’ve loved every recipe of yours I’ve made (and I’ve made a lot!)

    1. Natasha says:

      Aww I love that!! 😀 Thanks for taking the time to write me a review, Angela!

  8. Chloe says:

    5 stars
    This soup was great! About to make it again for the 2nd time in 2 weeks 🙂

    1. Natasha says:

      Love that!! 😀 Thanks for letting me know, Chloe!

  9. Erica Moreland says:

    5 stars
    Made this for my parents and they said – this is the best soup I’ve ever had!

    1. Natasha says:

      Wow that’s awesome!! 😀