Spinach and Sausage Gnocchi with Sage

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Spinach and Sausage Gnocchi with Sage is a quick and easy dinner that is filled with sausage, gnocchi, diced tomatoes, spinach, spices, and sage. This is a flavorful and comforting meal! 

Spinach and Sausage Gnocchi in a skillet.

The holidays are quickly approaching us and it is such a busy time of the year. Between all of the holiday parties, performances, and baking, I still love to feed my family a hearty and comforting meal. I love a quick and easy meal and gnocchi has always been a family favorite to cook with. We loved as kids when my mom would be cooking a hearty meal for us that involved gnocchi. My mom would always make this tomato gnocchi bake that we gobbled up. Now, my kids love it just as much and I cook dishes with it all of the time.

This dish is bringing you so many delicious savory and hearty flavors. I love using McCormick’s spices in the dishes that I create and rubbed sage is one of my favorites to use. It is a strong aromatic herb with a sweet and bitter pine-like flavor. It complements the other spices in this dish so well. It is amazing how it can bring out such awesome flavor in this dish and is the star ingredient.

Sage seasoning bottle.

What goes well with Sage?

The strong flavor of sage means that a little goes a long way, so use sparingly. Sage works great in Italian dishes and is typically served with pasta or gnocchi.

Spinach and Sausage Gnocchi with Sage in a skillet.

This dish is ready in about 30 minutes and simple to make from start to finish. You start by sautéing your onions, garlic, and sausage. Once that is ready to go you add the rest of the ingredients including chicken stock, spices, spinach, and gnocchi. Top it off with some cheese and it is ready to bake!

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The smell of this baking is so good and my kids couldn’t wait to dig in. It had the perfect balance of flavors and spices and the sausage inside made it so hearty. This is an excellent meal in one. It is perfect for busy nights, especially around the holidays when you want a nice comforting meal. This recipe is a keeper and one that you will want to make again and again!

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Spinach and Sausage Gnocchi with Sage in a skillet.

Spinach and Sausage Gnocchi with Sage

5 from 7 votes
Spinach and Sausage Gnocchi with Sage is a quick and easy dinner that is filled with sausage, gnocchi, diced tomatoes, spinach, spices, and sage. This is a flavorful and comforting meal!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 package 13 ounce Smoked Sausage
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 can 14.5 ounce fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Ground Thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Dried Rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Rubbed Sage
  • 1/2 dried McCormick Parsley Flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Garlic Powder
  • Seasoned salt and pepper
  • 1 package 16 ounce gnocchi, uncooked
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Optional: fresh thyme


  • Move a rack in your oven to the upper third of the oven and then preheat to 425 degrees F.
  • Put a large oven-safe skillet on the stove at medium-high heat. Pour in the olive oil.
  • Add in the chopped onion and stir until the onion is transparent -- about 4 minutes. Add in the garlic and stir for another 30 seconds.
  • Coin the smoked sausage and add to the skillet. Cook over high heat until lightly browned or about 4-6 minutes.
  • Add in the chicken stock, undrained fired roasted diced tomatoes (Italian roasted tomatoes for less spicy), thyme, rosemary, sage, parsley flakes, garlic powder, seasoned salt and pepper (to taste), and uncooked gnocchi. Stir until everything is well combined. Gently stir in the spinach and make sure it's covered with liquid.
  • Top with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and place in the oven.
  • Bake for 17-22 minutes. If desired, turn on the broiler and then broil for another 2-3 minutes for a delicious crispy top.
  • Remove from the heat, top with additional salt, pepper, and some chopped thyme if desired. Enjoy immediately.



Calories384kcal (19%)Carbohydrates46g (15%)Protein10g (20%)Fat17g (26%)Saturated Fat3g (15%)Cholesterol4mg (1%)Sodium175mg (7%)Potassium251mg (7%)Fiber2g (8%)Sugar3g (3%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    Chose this recipe to use with my first homemade batch of gnocchi. It was so good! The combination and quantities of the herbs was perfect. I’d use this recipe again using regular pasta as well.

  2. 5 stars
    Made this tonight for dinner and it was very good. I had two boneless chicken breasts left over from last night, so I browned and added. I did follow the recipe as written with exception to adding the chicken. This was a very hearty meal with French bread. The husband is not a fan of on one-pot meals, but this one will go in the rotation. Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. The ingredients call for fire roasted tomatoes and the directions calls for Italian tomatoes. Which one do you recommend?

  4. 5 stars
    We made this dish tonight. It was absolutely delicious. The only thing off for us was the amount of gnocchi. I’ll definitely cut that in half. We try not to eat a lot of white. This is the 3rd or 4th dish we’ve tried from your site! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  5. I’m so excited to have found this recipe! My family is going to love it!
    By uncooked gnocchi, do you mean dry gnocchi in a box or fresh gnocchi in the refrigerated section of the pasta aisle?
    Also, did you use a cast iron pan? I’m knew to those as well…
    Do I need to add olive oil to the pan before cooking?
    Thank you in advance!

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