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Gnocchi Skillet with Hot Italian Sausage

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Gnocchi Skillet is my husband’s absolute favorite meal.  It is made by steaming, slicing, and then frying  hot sausage slices to lock in the juices and to give it an amazing texture—and then frying gnocchi in the sausage grease.  You will find no health benefits here—this is just good old-fashioned Italian comfort food!  It is really filling, sticks to your bones, and everyone loves it.  I make it so often when company comes over that I have to remember who has tried it before and who hasn’t—that’s how much of a favorite it is at our house!

Let’s get cooking!

Total Cost*: $7.18

Total Prep and Cooking time: 1 hour

Serves: 4


  • One package of hot Italian sausage (5 sausages)
  • One package of gnocchi (18 oz)
  • 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • One 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/4 tsp rosemary
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


Fill a skillet with about 1/2 inch of water, and heat to boiling on high.  Put sausages in the water, lower the heat to medium, cover, and steam for 30 minutes, flipping the sausages halfway through.

While the sausages are cooking, fill a stock pot with 6 cups of water and bring to a boil.   Add the gnocchi and cook for about 5 minutes until the gnocchi floats to the top of the water.  Drain into a colander.

When the sausages are done, take them out and slice them into equal pieces about 1/4 inch thick.  Sauté them on medium heat in 1 tbsp olive oil until they are browned on both sides, then remove the sausage while leaving the sausage fat in the pan.   

Add the cooked gnocchi to the sausage grease, and fry until the gnocchi pieces are golden brown on both sides.  Set both the fried gnocchi and the sausage aside.

In a large deep skillet, add the diced tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and rosemary, and heat until simmering.   Add the gnocchi and the sausage, and stir to coat in the tomato mixture.  Let it simmer for about 5 minutes on medium or until everything is hot.   

Reduce heat to low, and stir in the heavy cream.  Sprinkle 2 cups of mozzarella cheese on top and cover.   Let everything simmer on low, covered, until the cheese has melted—about 15 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

*Total cost includes the sausage, gnocchi, diced tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and heavy cream when purchased at Aldi.  Prices vary throughout the year and by region.  I am assuming you already have the spices and olive oil on hand.

This recipe was inspired by a healthier version by Dinners Dishes & Desserts.

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