Sausage Gnocchi with Tomato Alfredo Sauce

Sausage Gnocchi

Have you ever eaten gnocchi?  For the longest time I didn’t know what it was or how to pronounce it. Then I saw a recipe for gnocchi on Reluctant Entertainer and knew I had to try it.  Now that I have made it (and looked up how to say it), it is going to be a regular in our house.  I am just in love with it!  I think I like the texture of it just as much as the flavor.

Sausage Gnocchi

Gnocchi is basically a little potato macaroni pillow.  The dictionary describes them as a “dish of little dumplings made from potatoes, semolina, flour, or combination of these ingredients”.  Look for it in the pasta section of your grocery store.

Sausage Gnocchi

 Similar to pasta, they don’t have a lot of flavor on their own, but take on the flavor of whatever sauce or broth they are put into.  And this sauce they are put into is amazing!  

Sausage Gnocchi

This dish is made with lots of basil, onions, Italian sausage, and cream.  It is an out of this world combination!  The grated Parmesan cheese adds flavor as well.   This is not a low-calorie or low-fat dish so you don’t want to eat it every day, but it would be perfect for  a special occasion or company or just once in a while.  It is that kind of dish where once you have it, you think about it until you can eat it again.  It is very versatile, too.  You can make it spicy if you like spice by using hot Italian sausage or just use regular sweet Italian sausage if you don’t enjoy spicy foods.  Or you can use regular sausage and just add some red chili pepper flakes.  It is also a bonus that it is very quick to make. You could probably have it on the table in approximately 30 minutes, but it tastes like something that you spent a long time on.

Sausage Gnocchi

The next time you have company or just need a quick weeknight meal, give this gnocchi recipe a try.  I think you will be glad you did!

Sausage Gnocchi with Tomato Alfredo Sauce

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. hot or sweet Italian pork sausage or a mix of both, depending on how spicy you want it (or you can use 1/2 tsp. red chile flakes with sweet Italian sausage for a mild spiciness)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 c heavy cream
  • 1 can (6 ounce) tomato paste
  • 1/2 c fresh basil, chopped plus more for garnish
  •  salt to taste
  • 1 pound vacuum-packed gnocchi (I found it at Trader Joe’s near the pasta)
  • 1/2 c pasta water
  • 1/2 c freshly grated Parmesan cheese plus more for garnish
  1. Heat the olive oil in large saute pan at medium heat and saute sausage until browned on the outside.
  2. Add onion, and cook on medium low heat until onion is soft and sausage is cooked through.
  3. Add garlic to sausage mixture and cook for about 2 or 3 minutes on medium-low heat, stirring often so garlic doesn’t burn.
  4. Reduce heat to low and add the cream and tomato paste.  Cook, stirring well, to dissolve the tomato paste.
  5. Increase the heat to medium, and bring to a simmer.  Cook until thick, for about 3 minutes and turn off heat.
  6. Stir in basil, 1/2 c Parmesan, and salt to taste.
  7. Bring a 2 quart pan of water with 1 tsp. of salt added to a boil.  Add gnocchi, and boil according to package directions.  Gnocchi will rise to the top of the water when they are done. IMPORTANT:  DON’T FORGET TO SAVE A 1/2 CUP OF WATER BEFORE YOU DRAIN GNOCCHI!  Drain rest of water.
  8. Add gnocchi and 1/2 c pasta water to sausage/cream mixture and stir gently.
  9. Garnish with extra chopped basil and Parmesan cheese.
  10. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Recipe from Cookazido.com, originally by Reluctant Entertainer

 

Categories: Company, Italian Recipes, Main Dish Recipes, Main Dishes, Pasta Recipes, Recipes, Weeknight Meals
Shari

My name is Shari, and I am an Arizona native and married mother of 3 who loves to cook and bake and figure out how to garden successfully in our suburban home in the desert. On this blog you will find a combination of savory and sweet recipes that have been tested by me, along with many tips to help you be successful. I hope you enjoy them!

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