Gnocchi with Sausage and Kale

It’s snow day #2 around herrr!


Which doesn’t really change much for me and my normal routine, other than the addition of nauseated gripes from my husband’s “work station” at the kitchen table as he witnesses me Huluing missed episodes of The Carrie Diaries and The Mindy Project. It’s like, look chachi, no one asked you to stay home and watch me take my naps and watch my shows and scratch my armpits, mmmyoookay?

Alright fine, I had a complete panic attack at the first snowflake and begged and whined and freaked and begged and whined and freaked for him to stay home. Hello, we got 17 feet after all. And I’m not about to shovel our driveway. I have The Carrie Diaries to watch, ‘memba? . . . and Reality Bites and Clueless.

WHAT. It’s snow day requirements.

gno1 gno2

Also, I’ve been experimenting around with a braided top-knot lately. As in, make a ponytail, braid the tail, and tuck it up under everything. My findings thus far have left me emotionally confused, pretty much verging on punch-drunk. But I’ll keep you posted on any new developments in that arena. Either that or you’ll see me at self esteem camp this summer. Spring. Next week, whatever.

gno3  gno4

While I still have you, (do I still have you? I don’t still have you, do I?) I’m thinking we should probably go ahead and drop what we’re doing and spend about 15 hours face down in this gnocchi with kale and sausage. Need convincing? ALLOW ME.

a) There’s white wine, crushed red pepper and lots of garlic in it. Jeah.

b) It’s pre-made gnocchi which means, hi, more time for My Best Friend’s Wedding.

c) Italian Sausage. Crumbled and browned and spicy and sweet (I added all-spice because it reminded me of this amazing sausage that we ate in Seattle last summer and it made my heart do the Cha Cha.)


Takes less than 30 minutes to make. Even less than 20! Even less than 10! Even less than 1!! Just kidding, it takes around 20 minutes.

This is so ridiculously good it almost makes me forget about my janktown braided top-knot.



Help yo’self!

Gnocchi with Sausage and Kale:

What it took for 4:

* 1 (17.6 oz) package gnocchi (or homemade if you want!)
* 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
* 1/2 red onion, diced
* 4 cloves garlic, minced
* 2 Italian sausages, casings removed and crumbled with your hands
* 1/2 tsp all-spice (this will yield a sweet flavor, so leave it out if you want straight savory)
* 1 pinch crushed red pepper
* 1/4 cup white wine (or vermouth. or broth)
* 10 cups roughly chopped kale
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
* 1/4th cup parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the onions and sauté until they start to soften, 4 minutes. Add the sausage and all-spice; continue to sauté until the sausage is browned all over, another 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté one more minute.

Add the kale and wine. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss until the kale has wilted and is bright green and gawg. If you need to use a lid to quickly wilt, that’s fine.

In the meantime, cook the gnocchi in boiling water until al dente, like 3 minutes. Drain and reserve 1/3 cup pasta water. Add the gnocchi to the sausage and kale mixture; toss to combine. Add enough pasta water to create a thin sauce.

Off the heat, add the cheese, and maybe another drizzle of oil. Okay taste it. Need anything? Salt? Pepper? Your face in it?

Serve garnished with more cheese!


What if I tried braided pig tails!?


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64 Responses to Gnocchi with Sausage and Kale

  1. Maria February 22, 2013 at 8:38 am #
    We just made gnocchi! Love it!
  2. Carly @ Snack Therapy February 22, 2013 at 8:45 am #
    I always thought I hated gnocchi until two days ago when a inhaled a plateful at a fancy restaurant. Turns out I don't hate it.
  3. Jen @ Savory Simple February 22, 2013 at 9:15 am #
    I think I love you
  4. Cassie | Bake Your Day February 22, 2013 at 9:18 am #
    I started to get excited about a snow day yesterday and then realized that it doesn't really change anything. Oh well. I'll still enjoy this gnocchi. Amazin'!
  5. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective February 22, 2013 at 9:28 am #
    So pretty and hearty and healthy and meaty and.... I want it! PS: LOVED hearing you sing on Wednesday. :)
  6. Lisa | With Style and Grace February 22, 2013 at 9:30 am #
    I must figure out how to make gluten-free gnocchi so I can make this dish!
    • Anonymous February 26, 2013 at 10:29 pm #
      You can buy it in most Italian neighbourhood groceries..
    • Staci April 20, 2013 at 4:59 pm #
      I made it today with butter beans (from dry, not canned) instead of gnocchi. Lots of good protein, same color/size as gnocchi, and our tummies were happy.
  7. Heather February 22, 2013 at 9:51 am #
    You had me at white wine.
  8. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl February 22, 2013 at 9:53 am #
    What time does registration open for Self Esteem Camp?
  9. Heather @ Heather's Dish February 22, 2013 at 10:04 am #
    It's been too long since gnocchi have graced my lips!
  10. Christine February 22, 2013 at 11:00 am #
    Mmmm...adding this to my meal plan next week! How well does this keep as leftovers?
    • Bev Weidner February 22, 2013 at 11:34 am #
      It's great! Maybe add a drop of water or two when reheating, and bam, delish.
  11. Allison @ Foodie Heart February 22, 2013 at 11:46 am #
    Ummm, yum? I definitely need my face in this right now. Even if we don't have snow. Gnocchi is so warm and comforting and you only made it better with sausage and wine. Don't worry about the braids too much, I have never been one to do my own up-do's... at least we're trying, right?
  12. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain February 22, 2013 at 11:50 am #
    If you post one more delicious pasta recipe I'm going to just never eat anything else again. Seriously! I already can't stop making the crab tomato fettuccine, and now you throw this gnocchi at me!? With tons of healthy kale?? *swoon*
  13. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie February 22, 2013 at 12:55 pm #
    Mmm I think I have most of these ingredients in my house right now too. Except I don't have kale at the moment. I have been playing with new ways to style my hair lately too. But days like today I'm too lazy and just go back to the regular pony.
  14. Kim @ Soliloquy Of Food & Such February 22, 2013 at 1:11 pm #
    Total comfort-snow-day-honey-go-shovel-snow-please food.
  15. a farmer in the dell February 22, 2013 at 1:34 pm #
    I have sort of an odd obsession with gnocchi. I can't get enough of the texture. I love it! This sounds totally amazing!
  16. claire @ the realistic nutritionist February 22, 2013 at 1:53 pm #
    I WANT A SNOW DAY!! And i sometimes call this "ka-nockey" just to piss off my husband :)
  17. Aimee @ Simple Bites February 22, 2013 at 1:57 pm #
    Gnocci is my love language! This pairing is perfect. *drool*
  18. Little Kitchie February 22, 2013 at 2:11 pm #
    This is such good curl up on the couch under a blanket food. YUM.
  19. Chelsea February 22, 2013 at 5:35 pm #
    Gnoc, Gnoc Who's there? Yew. Yew who? Yew are totally gnocchin' me out with your faaabulous recipes, Bev!
    • S March 2, 2013 at 8:48 am #
      Haha that made me laugh out loud!!
  20. Caylean February 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm #
    Looks amazing. Nonna normally just likes your traditional Neapolitan sauce on it. I will pass this recipe on to her, she will love it.
  21. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. February 23, 2013 at 12:19 am #
    I love everything in this dish. Everything. Like all of it.
  22. Diane February 23, 2013 at 7:15 am #
    Do you have a good store bought brand to reccommend? I haven't found one that tastes anything like the real homemade gnocchi my aunt makes. Your posts are so cute and funny! Quite entertaining :)
  23. Katie @ Blonde Ambition February 23, 2013 at 5:18 pm #
    Umm you're making snow days sound like ultimate fun, and I'm totally being serious! Especially if anything involving sausage + gnocchi is involved. Win.
  24. Marina {} February 24, 2013 at 11:22 pm #
    I'm suddenly STARVING! All my favorite ingredients in one delicious bowl --- AAAH! Did I ever tell you I crave kale? (freak, I know)
  25. Kathryn February 25, 2013 at 8:06 am #
    We had something very similar for dinner over the weekend. Such a good combo.
  26. Katie February 25, 2013 at 8:19 am #
    I'm going to go ahead and double (triple?) this for my whole big stinking family dinner tonight. I'm doing it. And I'm excited.
  27. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots February 26, 2013 at 9:20 am #
    This looks ridiculously good.
  28. kelley {mountain mama cooks} February 27, 2013 at 5:17 pm #
    I'm all about the braided piggies when I'm riding. This looks ridic!
  29. Tracy February 27, 2013 at 10:02 pm #
    This was awesome & my husband loved it. (a miracle)I had kale in my CSA box this week, it is not my favorite green. I paid good money for organic produce & hate to waste. I am so happy I found this on Pinterest. This is making me want kale in my box more often. Thank You.
  30. Danielle April 25, 2013 at 4:46 pm #
    Holy finger lickin good batman! dishin up tonight!
  31. Shannon May 23, 2013 at 2:58 pm #
    I found your recipe as i was looking for something to do with the kale in my CSA box this week, too! I was trying to come up with something other than the standby soup recipe. This fit the bill perfectly! I linked back to your recipe so others in my CSA could find you, too!
  32. Trudie K September 8, 2013 at 7:08 pm #
    I happened upon this recipe today looking for something new. Anxious for cool, fall days to arrive. I couldn't wait and whipped this recipe up tonight! OMG- delicious! My husband said, this is something you pay $30 for in a restaurant! Hope that top knot worked out for you! - trudie
  33. Danica October 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm #
    This has become one of my favorite go-to recipes - especially for car camping since it can all be done on a stove top. I usually substitute tortellini for gnocchi just because we are a little over-zealous with cheese here, but thank you thank you for this recipe! (Using cider instead of wine tonight while camping for a little fall flavor.)
  34. I really love your site.. Pleasant colors & theme. Did you develop this website yourself? Please reply back as I'm trying to create my own personal website and would like to find out where you got this from or what the theme is named. Cheers!
  35. Erin February 18, 2014 at 7:02 pm #
    Hi Bev, just wanted to let you know that my husband and I love this dish! Since I found this recipe online several months ago, it has gone into our regular rotation. We are having this for dinner tonight. My son goes to be before we eat, but I'm excited to give him the leftovers tomorrow. Thanks for this delectable idea:)
  36. Nikki October 17, 2014 at 7:53 pm #
    This has so much flavor, it was a quick and simple recipe, plus it's not bad for you!
  37. Molly March 9, 2015 at 6:19 am #
    This was fabulous! I multiplied it by 6 to serve to a larger group and it was super easy and quick to get to the table. Prep took about 10 minutes and cooking about 10 minutes. The taste was delicious. This will become a regular dinner party staple. Thank you!
  38. Jess September 24, 2015 at 11:18 pm #
    This was SO BOMB. So glad I found this recipe and tried it tonight. The boyfriend and I absolutely loved it. Delicious and quick. This will definitely be a meal I make a lot! Thanks again!
  39. Heather July 11, 2017 at 11:48 pm #
    Finally made this! Oh so yummy, I love the simple pan sauce. I'm just sorry I didn't make it sooner.
  40. Debbie September 16, 2017 at 11:12 am #
    This was excellent!! We eat very low saturated fat, so substituted Italian chicken sausage for regular. Used a dry Viognier for the white wine and also substituted the pasta water with more Viognier. We prefer spinach for kale, so substituted that. Truly an excellent dinner! Easy too.
  41. Jill Jolicoeur December 8, 2019 at 9:39 am #
    Hi Bev. I love this recipe and made it once before. Do you think it would be a problem to use baby kale instead of regular kale?
    • Bev Weidner December 12, 2019 at 6:18 am #
      You can definitely use baby kale, yes!
  42. Brian Sikorski September 15, 2021 at 5:48 pm #
    What is “gwag “ in the recipe?
    • Bev Weidner September 17, 2021 at 9:52 am #
      Ohhh, hahaha! Gawg = short for gorgeous. :)


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