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Baked Gnocchi in tomato sauce is combined with sausage and veggies.

Easy Baked Gnocchi with Sausage and Kale

This Easy Baked Gnocchi in tomato sauce is combined with sausage and veggies and topped off with three cheeses. Thanks to @playswellwithbutter for creating this cozy baked gnocchi recipe that tastes like it’s simmered all day but it’s an easy, one-pot recipe that comes together in 40 minutes or less!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons DeLallo Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 pound bulk sweet or spicy Italian sausage
  • 1 bell pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cups shredded kale or baby spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped⁠ or grated
  • 3 tablespoons DeLallo Tomato Paste
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons DeLallo Chopped Calabrian Peppers or ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup dry white wine⁠
  • 2 cups DeLallo Pomodoro Fresco Marinara Sauce (roughly 2/3 of 25-ounce jar)
  • 16 ounces DeLallo Mini Potato Gnocchi
  • 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, grated
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper, to season
  • For serving, as desired: grated parmesan or pecorino romano, finely chopped basil or parsley, crushed red pepper flakes, etc.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F, positioning the oven rack in the top 1/3 of the oven, about 10 inches below the broiler. Prep the veggies, dicing the bell pepper and onion, and shredding the kale. Gather and measure remaining ingredients according to Ingredients List, above, placing them within an arm’s reach of the stovetop for a smooth cooking process.
  2. Add the olive oil to a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add in the sausage, bell pepper and onion, seasoning with 1 teaspoon kosher salt and ground black pepper as desired. Cook 5-6 minutes until the veggies are softened and the sausage is browned. Use a wooden spoon to crumble the sausage into bite-sized pieces as it cooks. If anything starts to brown too quickly, reduce the heat to medium or medium-low. Stir in the shredded kale, cooking 2-3 minutes until wilted slightly.
  3. Add the garlic, tomato paste, and chili peppers (if using). Stir to coat the sausage and veggie mixture & cook 1-2 minutes, until deeply red. Deglaze the skillet with white wine. Once the wine simmers, stir in the pasta sauce. Simmer 1-2 minutes more, just until everything is combined, then remove from the heat.
  4. Add the gnocchi into the skillet, stirring well to combine. Dot the ricotta cheese over the top of the saucy gnocchi, then top with a sprinkling of grated fresh mozzarella and parmesan.
  5. Transfer the skillet to the oven. Bake 15-20 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the gnocchi is tender. If desired, broil for 3-4 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Serve immediately, topped with additional grated parmesan, chopped basil or parsley, and/or a sprinkling of crushed red pepper, as desired. Enjoy!

Easy Baked Gnocchi with Sausage and Kale

This Easy Baked Gnocchi in tomato sauce is combined with sausage and veggies and topped off with three cheeses. Thanks to @playswellwithbutter for creating this cozy baked gnocchi recipe that tastes like it’s simmered all day but it’s an easy, one-pot recipe that comes together in 40 minutes or less!