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cheesy bratwurst sausage gnocchi in a shallow bowl

Cheesy Bratwurst Gnocchi

This cheesy bratwurst gnocchi recipe is made in one pan and has tasty pieces of bratwurst sausage smothered in a creamy tomato cheddar sauce. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cheesy bratwurst gnocchi, gnocchi with bratwurst sausage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 685kcal


  • 10.6 ounces bratwurst sausages see note
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 (14 fluid ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • 1 pound uncooked potato gnocchi
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Take the sausage meat out of the casings and crumble it into a skillet. Add the chopped onion and sauté over medium-high heat for 7-10 minutes or until the sausage has browned and the onion has softened up.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add in the Dijon mustard and chicken broth. Give it a good stir and let it bubble for about a minute, while scraping the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce, cream, and gnocchi. Reduce the heat to medium. Once it starts to gently bubble, cover the pan and cook for 4 minutes.
  • Give the gnocchi a stir. It should be just about cooked, but you may need to cook it for a little longer if the sauce hasn't quite thickened up enough yet (cook it uncovered and stir it often).
  • Stir in half the cheddar, and once it's melted, take the pan off the heat. Top the gnocchi with the rest of the cheddar and cover the pan for a couple of minutes until it's melted. Serve immediately.


  • I used 3 sausages from a 5-pack of Johnsonville Brats. Feel free to use anything in that ballpark weight-wise... it doesn't have to be exact. You could use ground-up sausage meat if you prefer.
  • There is no need to pre-cook the gnocchi. It cooks in the sauce and thickens it as it cooks.
  • 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.


Calories: 685kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 1813mg | Potassium: 685mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1150IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 287mg | Iron: 6mg