Baked Gnocchi with Sausage and Spinach // Video

Tender Baked Gnocchi in a savory cream sauce with spicy sausage and spinach, comforting and hearty.  This gnocchi pasta recipe is cooked in one skillet for easy clean up….what’s more comforting than that?

Overhead shot of Baked Gnocchi in a skillet.

Originally published October 2014 and updated January 2020.

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Have you ever had gnocchi?  If I were Giada, I would describe these as “little pillows in my mouth”.  But I’m not Giada so I won’t even dare say that.  But, Giada, I love you.  I really, really do…I just don’t want to eat a pillow.

What I do want to eat is a soft, little ball of creamy mashed potato.  That’s what these remind me of.  Definitely not a pillow.  It looks like a little pillow but it’s potato and they’re mouthwatering.  


Gnocchi are a type of pasta made of flour, potato and egg. They can be a little fussy to make from scratch so this recipe calls for store bought gnocchi. Gnocchi can be a little bland tasting but, done well, gnocchi can be pillowy, light and heavenly with a melt in your mouth texture that’s downright addicting. 

Baked Gnocchi in a skillet with a red napkin.

Gnocchi is pronounced “nyawk-kee” if you want to be Italian; nok-ee or noh-kee if you’re American. I say “nyolk-ee” so I don’t know where I’m from. 

This easy gnocchi bake is simple to make and totally amazing. You don’t even need to cook the gnocchi in advance as they cook right in the creamy sauce while it bakes.


First, you’ll need to brown the sausage and make the sauce before combining everything together in one skillet. 

Then, the gnocchi are bathed in a rich cream sauce that’s comes together in just a few minutes. Next, it’s baked in the oven until everything is bubbling and happy.  Seriously happy.  When you look in the oven and see the golden brown topping bubbling away….it will make you smile.  It made me smile….but I had a glass of wine in my hand so I may be a little biased as to why I was happy.

Cream sauce for baked gnocchi in a skillet with a blue whisk.


You’re going to make the whole recipe in one skillet (I love this cast iron skillet, I use it for EVERYTHING).  You will only have one skillet (and a bowl) to clean when this is all over.  You will send me a thank you email telling me how wonderful I am for creating such a recipe because this is new technology here.  It’s not.  I know….but most of the time I have 37 pots to clean when I’m done dinner so when I hit a one-pot meal out of the park…I give myself a huge pat on the back.


I used spicy sausage in my recipe….even though this spicy sausage was not spicy at all.  It just adds a little bit of a tingly background note to the dish without being spicy and making you sweat while you eat.  

Sausage and gnocchi being added to a cream sauce in a skillet.

If you want to use a mild sausage, you certainly can switch it out.  That would be super tasty as well.  It’s your meal.  Make it what you want.

I also used low fat milk for the sauce but if you want it a bit richer without adding heavy cream, I sometimes use Half and Half in place of the milk.


Because this gnocchi is on the rich side, I like to serve it alongside a fresh green salad like this Loaded Iceberg Wedge or with a big pile of green beans. Sometimes we like to mix in leftover peas if we have some lying around.


My family loved this so much….there may have been a bit of a brawl over the leftovers.  Or I may be exaggerating.  

Baked gnocchi on a plate with a salad.

I know there was disappointment the next day when Katie took the leftovers to school and someone was looking for them at lunchtime.  Life is tough.  I know.  I ended up whipping up this Baked Bolognese Gnocchi Skillet just to keep the peace.

If you’re looking for a few more Baked Pasta recipes, we also are loving this easy Baked Ziti recipe….it’s freezer friendly and perfect for potlucks. This Chicken Tetrazzini is also a crowd pleaser as is this Easy Cheesy Tortellini al Forno.

This Slow Cooker Baked Ziti is great for busy weeknights, too.

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Baked Sausage, Spinach and Gnocchi Skillet

This one pot Gnocchi Skillet is a family friendly meal even the kids rave about!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 432 kcal


  • 8 ounces spicy italian sausage casings removed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large vidalia onion diced
  • 8 ounces white mushrooms sliced (about 4 cups)
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 17 .5- ounce package potato gnocchi I used DeLallo
  • 1 cup loosely packed baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan


  • Preheat oven to 425˚ F. Heat the olive oil in a deep ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook until browned, transfer to a large bowl with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in the skillet and add the onions and mushrooms, cooking until softened and the mushrooms start to brown. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Transfer the onion mixture to the bowl with the sausage with a spoon and set aside.
  • Melt the butter in the skillet over medium heat, add the flour and cook, whisking, approximately 3 minutes. Whisk in the milk and chicken broth until smooth. Bring the mixture to a simmer, whisking constantly and cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Whisk in 1/2 teaspoon salt and the nutmeg.
  • Add the sausage, onion, mushrooms, gnocchi and spinach to the sauce and stir until coated and the spinach wilts. Stir in 1/2 the parmesan cheese and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until bubbling and golden, approximately 20 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.



Serving: 0gCalories: 432kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 16gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 746mgPotassium: 428mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 710IUVitamin C: 6.1mgCalcium: 194mgIron: 4.3mg
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24 comments on “Baked Gnocchi with Sausage and Spinach // Video”

  1. I’m such a sucker for little pill.. er, ummm clou.. er, ummm gnocchi! 😉 I really am, though…I could eat them until I explode. This looks like a dish of pure comfort (and eventually discomfort. You know, cause I can’t stop) food!

  2. I adore gnocchi and they are always even better with that glass of wine in hand! This just screams “comfort!”

  3. her smile rivals that of a T-rex…. bahahaha. that killed me. Oh my and this gnocchi.. I’m in love!

  4. They DO look like pillows! Such great comfort food. Doesn’t get much better than this!

  5. Oh my goodness! Comfort food heaven!

  6. I love gnocchi. My ultimate comfort food. And this looks just awesome.

  7. I am a BIG fan of gnocchi (but appreciate that you don’t call them pillows or clouds. Let’s be real, that’s lame). 🙂 This one pot looks absolutely fantastic!

  8. I used to roll my grandmothers homemade gnocchi with her and I tried making my own and roll and it was a complete fail. All that gooey cheese and sausage is making me hungry!

  9. Wow – I’d be fighting for the leftovers too if I lived in your house! Fantastic!

  10. Hahaha T-Rex! You nailed it! Now gnocchi – bring it on. Your recipe sounds wonderful!

  11. Talk about comfort in a skillet!

  12. I binge on Italian food quite often so I am loving this! Looks delicious!

  13. I am in love with gnocchi. This dish looks so satisfying and I’m totally going to make it. thanks for this!

  14. I want to make this right now and eat the whole skillet all by lonesome. This is fabulous.

  15. I love gnocchi so much! This is the perfect skillet meal.

  16. Love one-pot meals…and with gnocchi…perfection!

  17. That sauce! I want to dive right into it!

  18. You had me at sausage. And gnocchi. What a perfect combo this skillet is!

  19. This is making my baked chicken look pretty boring. Gnocchi is my all time favorite!

  20. Nothing worng with an Italian food binge! That is typically me as well! I LOVE gnocchi and also love obe skillet meals…I could eat this for every meal!

  21. Do you boil the gnocchi first before adding or just use them frozen?

  22. This recipe is amazing! I’m starting to cook more now that I live with my boyfriend because we eat a lot of fast food, but eventually you get tired of that. I cooked this for us and it tasted so flavorful! It was a great experience.

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