Kale and Sausage Gnocchi Bake

Italian Sausage, Kale & Gnocchi Skillet

An easy 25-minute weeknight dinner of Italian sausage, handfuls of kale, pillowy potato dumplings, oregano, basil marinara and Parmesan cheese. 


  • 16-ounce package gnocchi
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-pound ground Italian sausage
  • 2-3 cups baby spinach or chopped kale
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano leaves
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 24-ounce jar marinara
  • ½ cup fresh basil, oregano and/or flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup freshly shaved Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook gnocchi according to package directions. Dry gnocchi on a paper towel.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil to medium heat. Add sausage and cook 5-7 minutes, until browned, breaking it up into bite-sized pieces as it cooks. Stir in gnocchi and saute 2-3 more minutes, stirring occasionally, until gnocchi is lightly browned. Stir in greens and garlic and cook 2-3 minutes, until greens are wilted. Stir in oregano, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes.
  3. Stir in marinara and bring to a light simmer for 5-10 minutes. Stir in chopped fresh herbs. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
  4. Spoon into bowls and top with Parmesan cheese.


Keywords: Italian sausage, skillet, gnocchi, marinara, kale, comfort food, weeknight, quick, easy