February 25, 2021| By

Sausage and Spinach Gnocchi Bake

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
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Sausage and Spinach Gnocchi Bake is a quick and easy recipe that comes together in under an hour. It's full of sautéed spinach and sausage with a delicious marinara sauce and topped with fresh mozzarella! Best part, this recipe comes together in under an hour. You have to try this recipe!

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Sausage and Spinach Gnocchi Bake in a bowl garnished with basil

Sausage and spinach gnocchi bake

This sausage and spinach gnocchi is one of my new favorite recipes. If you're looking for a delicious weeknight meal that's super easy to make, you've found your match. From the cheesy baked mozzarella to the chewy gnocchi, this dish leaves your tastebuds doing a happy dance. Not to mention, the ground sausage add so much flavor to this meal, it's truly out of this world!

What I love about this recipe is how easily everything comes together. From the simple ingredients to the robust flavors, this is not a recipe that you want to miss. Check out the recipe below for more details!

Sausage and Spinach Gnocchi Bake in a bowl garnished with basil

what ingredients do I need?

This Sausage and Spinach Gnocchi Bake calls for 2 pounds of ground sausage, Italian seasoning, fresh spinach, whole peeled tomatoes, potato gnocchi, freshly chopped garlic, and a little marinara. I also added some freshly cut mozzarella on top for presentation and flavor. It's like the cherry on top, except it's cheese 🙂

Simple, wholesome ingredients. You can't go wrong!

Sausage and Spinach Gnocchi Bake in a bowl garnished with basil

how do you make sausage and spinach gnocchi bake?

Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Then cook the sausage thoroughly in a large pot. Add in the chopped garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, sand spinach. Let the spinach cook down and add the canned peeled tomatoes and marinara. Stir together and add the potato gnocchi.

After that, simply pour mixture into an oven safe dish and top with fresh sliced marinara and bake for 30-40 minutes, until gnocchi is cooked (fork tender). Like with lasagna, I do recommend allowing the gnocchi bake to cool for at least 20-30 minutes because it is boiling hot when it comes out of the oven. You want to give the dish some time to cool and come together. It's hard, but totally worth the wait!

Sausage and Spinach Gnocchi Bake in a bowl garnished with basil

do you have to boil gnocchi?

Nope, not for this recipe! When you add the gnocchi to the sausage and spinach mixture and then bake it, it's the equivalent of "cooking" it while it's baking in the oven. So, no need to worry about boiling the gnocchi prior to adding it to the oven. That's why I love this recipe so much - it's so easy and simple but the result is SO good!

Is gnocchi considered pasta?

No, gnocchi is actually considered to be more of a dumpling. Gnocchi is made from potatoes and literally translates to the word "lumps". It pairs best with hearty sauces, so when I thought of this recipe for sausage and spinach gnocchi bake, I knew that gnocchi would definitely be the best ingredients to use!

photo of gnocchi is a large bowl garnished with basil

how to store this sausage and spinach gnocchi bake

This gnocchi bake will keep for about 5 days in an airtight plastic or glass container/tupperware. When you are ready to pack up this meal, ensure that the meal has cooled completely, then pack into your storage containers and store in the refrigerator.

When it's time to re-heat, simply add to a microwave for about 1 minute or two and it's just like new! You can also freeze this for up to 2 months in an airtight freezer safe bag. My Husband vacuum seals everything, so of course that's my go to way to store food. If you do not have a vacuum sealer, an airtight container does the job too! But again, I wouldn't recommend pushing it past 2 months in the freezer.

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Sausage and Spinach Gnocchi Bake in a bowl garnished with basil

Sausage and Spinach Gnocchi Bake

Sausage and Spinach Gnocchi Bake is a quick and easy recipe that comes together in under an hour. It's full sautéed spinach and sausage with a delicious marinara sauce and topped with fresh mozzarella! Best part, this recipe comes together in under an hour. You have to try this recipe!
Serving: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Calories: 560kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 3 cups Spinach, fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups Marinara
  • 5-6 slices Mozzarella
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Olive Oil

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a large pot, drizzle olive oil in the pan and cook sausage thoroughly. Then add Italian Seasoning, diced garlic, and spinach. Stir together and cook down until spinach begins to cook down. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add whole peeled tomatoes, marinara, and potato gnocchi and stir together. Add to an oven safe baking dish (I used a 9x13 baking pan). Sprinkle parmesan cheese then place sliced mozzarella on top.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes. Garnish with fresh basil.

Nutrition

Calories: 560kcal
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Pasta
Cuisine: Italian

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  1. One or two pounds of sausage? The ingredient list only shows 1#, but your description of the recipe early in the post says it uses 2#.

    • Hi! I don't think you'll have an issue with cauliflower gnocchi! I can't guarantee because I didn't test this recipe with cauliflower gnocchi, but I think it should be ok!