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This Cheesy One Pot Gnocchi with Sausage is a quick and easy one pan meal. A crowd pleasing, hearty dinner that everyone will love – and all made in one skillet!

 large stainless steel skillet with a red marinara sauce, gnocchi and sausage, topped with melted cheese and garnished with basil.

What to make for dinner? The struggle is real. Not only do you have to find the time to cook, but also think of a meal everyone will eat, make sure you have the ingredients on hand AND clean up after. Not to worry – this easy one pan gnocchi dinner is here to save the day.

ingredients for one pot gnocchi - ground sausage, shelf stable gnocchi, ricotta cheese, whole milk low moisture mozzarella, crushed tomatoes, garlic, onion, salt, dried oregano, dried bay leaf, olive oil.

Why We Love One Pot Gnocchi with Sausage

  • Cheesy, saucy, savory comfort food.
  • Quick and easy – it takes about 30 minutes start to finish.
  • Family friendly – kids love this dinner!
  • Made in one pot – super easy cleanup!

Ingredients For One Pot Gnocchi with Sausage

  • Italian Sausage – buy ground Italian sausage if you can find it, otherwise remove the casings from links. Turkey sausage should work too!
  • Gnocchi – shelf stable gnocchi makes this super easy!
  • Crushed tomatoes – the magic that makes the sauce! Use a high quality brand to avoid a too tart sauce.
  • Garlic – you can’t make pasta without garlic.
  • Onion – use a sweet or yellow onion.
  • Olive oil – you might have enough fat rendered from the sausage that you don’t need the olive oil. If the sausage doesn’t render at least a tablespoon of fat, use olive oil to sauté the onions.
  • Ricotta – I use whole milk ricotta and it adds incredible creaminess.
  • Mozzarella – for best results, use whole milk, low moisture and shred your own.
  • Fresh Basil – optional, for garnish, but adds a really nice pop of fresh flavor.

Can I cook the gnocchi in the sauce?

Yes! This is the incredible thing about this one pot recipe – you don’t need to boil or cook the gnocchi before adding it to the sauce. It cooks right in the sauce in just 2-3 minutes. Amazing!

Cheesy One Pot Gnocchi with Sausage garnished with fresh basil on a large stainless steel skillet.

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Cheesy One Pot Gnocchi with Sausage

Prep 5 minutes
Cook 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 pound gnocchi
  • 28 ounce crushed tomatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp olive oil optional, if not enough fat from sausage
  • 1/2 cup Ricotta full fat preferred
  • 1.5 cups mozzarella shredded
  • Fresh basil optional, for garnish


  • Heat a large, oven-proof sauté pan over medium high heat. Brown sausage (5-8 minutes) remove from pan with a slotted spoon and set aside. Leave 1 tablespoon of fat in the pan, pour off remaining fat. If there is not enough fat left, add olive oil to pan until there is one tablespoon of fat in pan (or use all olive oil).
  • Add onion to pan and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add, garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes, stir until fragrant, 30-60 seconds.a
  • Reduce heat to low, add tomato sauce, salt and bay leaves to pan, return sausage to pan simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep from sticking.
  • After simmering for at least 10 minutes, remove bay leaves. Add Gnocchi to pan (you do not need to boil or cook the gnocchi before adding it), stir until gnocchi is fully mixed and immersed in the sauce.
  • Dollop spoonfuls of ricotta on top of the sauce, then sprinkle shredded mozzarella evenly all over the top.
  • To finish on the stovetop: Cover and simmer on the lowest heat setting until cheese has melted, 3-5 minutes.
    To finish under the broiler: Move oven rack to the highest position. Place pan in the oven on the highest rack. Turn on broiler and broil for 1-2 minutes, until cheese is melted, bubbly and starting to brown. Watch closely to avoid burning.
  • When ready to serve, garnish with fresh shredded basil if desired.


Leftovers can be stored in the fridge in a sealed container for 2-3 days.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 579kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 1470mg | Potassium: 663mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 599IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 272mg | Iron: 6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Hello! I’m Meghan.

I am so glad that you are here! I am the recipe developer, photographer, and writer here at my blog Fox and Briar. I am a passionate, self-taught home cook and believe that most things are better homemade and that good food doesn’t need to be complicated.

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