Gnocchi, Sausage and Spinach Soup

This is my favorite way to eat gnocchi; swimming in a basil-infused broth with bits of spicy sausage, roasted red peppers and fresh baby spinach leaves.

I prefer eating my gnocchi in soup rather than on a plate smothered in sauce. Not because I don’t like them that way. Even when they’re light and airy like clouds they expand later so I feel as if I swallowed a rock. A large, heavy one. 

The problem is I tend to eat them like they’re pasta. Which you should definitely not do. Even though they are a type of pasta…gnocchi are made of potato and flour making them much more filling.

Eating them in this creamy soup means I can enjoy a few and still save room for other ingredients. Because there’s more to life than gnocchi.

Gnocchi, Sausage and Spinach Soup

Rating: 51

Yield: 4 - 5 servings

Gnocchi, Sausage and Spinach Soup

Potato gnocchi with spicy sausage, roasted red peppers and fresh baby spinach in a creamy broth.

Ingredients:

1 yellow onion, diced
1 roasted red pepper, diced
olive oil, for sauteing
sea or Kosher salt and fresh black pepper
1 pound Italian sausage, ground or removed from casings, hot or sweet
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed between fingers
32 ounces low-sodium chicken broth
1 pound potato gnocchi
2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves, rough chopped
3/4 cup half & half or heavy cream (light is ok)
1 heaping tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
fresh grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

Instructions:

  1. In a large sauce pan or soup pot saute onion and red pepper in a couple of tablespoons olive oil over medium-low heat until tender. Season well with salt and pepper. In a separate, large skillet brown the sausage, breaking it apart as it cooks. Add garlic to onion mixture and saute until fragrant.
  2. Drain sausage and add to onion mixture along with the basil and chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper, simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Add gnocchi and spinach, bring to a simmer and cook until gnocchi puff up and start to float (check package for cooking time). Add half & half and fresh basil, bring to a simmer for three or four minutes. Serve with Parmesan cheese.
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Comments

  1. Bee says

    Oh goodness! I loove making gnocchi, but not eating it so much. It’s difficult to find a suitable sauce, and after only a few gnocchis I feel terribly bloaty and full. This seems like a wonderful way to eat them, since it’d keep them moist and flavorful and you could have more soup than gnocchi to balance out the heaviness. Good job!

  2. BeadedTail says

    I just discovered gnocchi about a year ago and just love it! We haven’t had it in a soup yet but I think that will be changing soon!

    Purrs to Moon!

  3. Kristy says

    My goodness Reeni, I love how the whole thing look like…the colour & the presentation! Marvelous! Bookmarked this for later use. Thanks again for shraing such fabulous meal.
    Best regards, Kristy

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