Gnocchi with Spicy Chicken Italian Sausage and Asparagus

Gnocchi with Spicy Chicken Italian Sausage and Asparagus is the perfect one-pot meal to fill the whole family when you’re in a pinch for time. Spending quarantine solo? This comfort food is easy, delicious, and great for leftovers that you won’t get tired of.

I love making quick meals in my skillet. Technically, Gnocchi with Spicy Chicken Italian Sausage and Asparagus requires a pot and one skillet but after you boil your gnocchi, all the action takes place in the skillet! You’ll enjoy each savory bite of this hearty meal.

Looking for more convenient weekday dinners? Definitely check out my Butter & Sage Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Tomato Soup or Thai Yellow Curry Meatballs.

What is gnocchi?

Gnocchi is an Italian pasta that is actually more similar to dumplings. They most often consist of potatoes. I like to think of them as potato dumplings. Gnocchi is essentially cooked mashed potatoes, flour and eggs. They are light, fluffy, and bite-sized.

Some gnocchi recipes add ricotta to the dough but I’ve seen it prepared many ways. For the sake of time, I went with store-bought gnocchi. Nonetheless, all forms of gnocchi are delicious!

Customizing Your Gnocchi with Spicy Chicken Italian Sausage and Asparagus

Firstly, let’s discuss the basic structure of this meal. The key to this recipe is gnocchi, meat, and at least one vegetable. While it’s no secret that I love convenient meals, I like to incorporate fresh ingredients with ready to go pantry staples. It elevates the flavor and has even helped me fool some unsuspecting family members and dinner guests.

I love the crunch of the fresh asparagus and think it pairs well with the sausage and gnocchi. However, you can mix and match your protein and veggies dependent on what you’re craving.

Vegetables

I like asparagus in this dish because it sautés in record time. Asparagus is versatile and super tasty but it can be an acquired taste. It can be replaced with broccoli, kale, artichokes, spinach, or even peas.

If you want to up your veggie intake consider adding mushrooms, bell peppers or basil as secondary elements to this recipe.

Protein

I add protein for a more hearty meal. Chicken Italian sausage is a healthier alternative to traditional Italian sausage. It is leaner meat with less sodium. You get the taste without a higher fat content. Pro Tip: If you want your sausage to have a more crumbled texture, remove the chicken sausage from the casing before cooking.

Other protein alternatives are chicken thighs and turkey Italian sausage.

Cheese

For an added yum factor, add cheese. I went with parmesan cheese but goat or feta cheese are great choices. If you want something especially creamy and cheesy, consider mozzerella.

Gnocchi with Spicy Chicken Italian Sausage and Asparagus

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Course: EntreeCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Medium
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Calories

845

kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pk 1 Gnocchi store-bought

  • 2 tablespoons 2 Butter ,unsalted

  • 3/4 cup 3/4 Shallot or sweet onion, dice

  • 4-6 4-6 Garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 pk 1 Spicy Italian Chicken sausage, sliced

  • 1 bunch 1 Asparagus, sliced cut into bite-size pieces

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 Chicken broth

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 Red-pepper flakes (optional)

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the gnocchi and cook until the pasta floats to the surface, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain the gnocchi.
  • In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the shallot and sauté until translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, 1 minute more.
  • Add the shallot and sauté until translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, 1 minute more.
  • Add the sausage and cook until it begins to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the broccoli rabe and chicken broth, and bring to a simmer.
  • Continue to cook, tossing frequently, until the broccoli rabe is wilted and tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and red-pepper flakes.
  • Stir in the gnocchi, Parmesan and parsley, and toss well until combined. Serve immediately.

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