Baked Sausage Spinach and Gnocchi Skillet

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

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It seems like I’m on an italian food binge lately.  I promise I have other recipes coming but right now…things are coming from the boot. And today it’s gnocchi.  Have you 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.  It’s like nails on a chalkboard to me, actually.  Now, I LOVE Giada and her recipes are full of flavor and simple to make but sometimes I don’t want “a little cloud in my mouth” and a pillow just doesn’t sound that tasty to me.  And her smile rivals that of a T-rex.  Just sayin’.  But, Giada, I love you.  I really, really do…I just don’t want to eat a pillow.

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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.  Then they’re bathed in a rich cream sauce that’s comes together in minutes and 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.

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You’re going to make the whole recipe in one skillet.  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.

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I used spicy sausage in my recipe….it’s not spicy at all.  It just adds a little bit of fiery background note to the dish without being spicy and making you sweat while you eat.  Like my Caribbean Cobb Salad with Fire-Roasted Pineapple Vinaigrette.  That will melt your face off if you’re not careful.  OH, and look…a NON-italian recipe!  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.

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

Baked Sausage, Spinach and Gnocchi Skillet

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gnocchi
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 432 kcal
Author: Kellie

This one pot Gnocchi Skillet is a family friendly meal even the kids rave about!



  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Baked Sausage, Spinach and Gnocchi Skillet
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 432 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 746mg32%
Potassium 428mg12%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 710IU14%
Vitamin C 6.1mg7%
Calcium 194mg19%
Iron 4.3mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


24 comments on “Baked Sausage Spinach and Gnocchi Skillet”

  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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