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Easy Sausage Gnocchi Soup

This Easy Sausage Gnocchi Soup uses your favorite protein, like ground beef or shredded chicken, and pairs it with rich spices, vegetables and comforting gnocchi. You will love how easy this soup comes together for your family! 

Easy Sausage Gnocchi Soup with spinach.

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EASY SAUSAGE GNOCCHI SOUP

I love soup season and it is here.

I don’t know about you but there is something so comforting about gnocchi.

Today’s Easy Sausage Gnocchi Soup is one of those cozy soup recipes that you make time and time again in the cold months. 

I love using it in a one pot meal like this Browned Butter Gnocchi with Broccoli or as a pairing for tender short ribs like in this Slow Cooker Balsamic Short Ribs recipe.

Today’s Easy Gnocchi Soup is another way I like to incorporate gnocchi into busy weeknights. 

I used ground pork sausage in my version but you could use any ground meat, turkey or beef, or try shredded chicken.

This soup is very customizable to what vegetables and protein you have in your pantry, so get creative!

For me I love pillowy gnocchi and I feel it works so nicely in soups.

If you like gnocchi you have to try this Copycat Olive Garden Gnocchi Soup Recipe, One Pot French Onion Gnocchi and this Brown Butter Gnocchi.

Easy Sausage Gnocchi Soup with spoon.

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS EASY SAUGE GNOCCHI SOUP

POTATO GNOCCHI

GROUND SAUSAGE

GARLIC

VEGEATBLES: ONION, CARROTS AND CELERY

VEGETABLE BROTH 

DICED TOMATOES

SPICES: BASIL, OREGANO, THYME, RED PEPPER FLAKES

FRESH BABY SPINACH

Easy Sausage Gnocchi Soup in bowl.

HOW TO MAKE THIS SAUSAGE GNOCCHI SOUP RECIPE

COOK THE GNOCCHI: Depending on if your gnocchi is fresh, frozen or dried cook the gnocchi according to the package. If you want crispy gnocchi use a skillet and sauté it with olive oil for about 3-5 minutes. 

COOK THE SAUSAGE: Heat 2 tablespoon olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. Add ground sausage to the skillet and cook until browned, about 5 minutes, drain excess fat and set aside.

ADD IN THE VEGETABLES: Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil to the pot and stir in garlic, onion, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-4minutes.

ADD REMAINING INGREDIENTS: Stir in vegetable broth, water diced tomatoes, basil, oregano, thyme, crushed red pepper, ground beef and and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 12-15 minutes. Add the spinach and let wilt.

SERVE WITH CRUSTY BREAD: In soup bowls add the crispy gnocchi.

Ladle the soup into the bowls and top with Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs like parsley and basil.

Serve immediately with crusty bread.

Store the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days. 

Easy Sausage Gnocchi Soup with blue napkin

TIPS FOR MAKING THIS EASY ITALIAN GNOCCHI SOUP

CRISPY GNOCCHI: I like to make my gnocchi separately from the soup.

You can boil the gnocchi directly in the soup but I like when the gnocchi a crispy outer layer. If you prefer your gnocchi crispy too I suggest just adding it to the broth when you are ready to eat it.

I keep it separately when I store the leftovers too, and just add it when I am ready to reheat the soup. 

SLOW COOKER VERSION: You can make this in the slow cooker. You will just need to cook the meat first if you are using a ground meat and then add everything in and cook it.

I would suggest waiting to put the gnocchi in until the end of cooking like I mentioned above. 

BUYING GNOCCHI: You can buy gnocchi dried, frozen or fresh. I have also seen cauliflower gnocchi at Trader Joes if you want to try that option. 

I prefer the fresh kind but any will work great! Just cook according to the package directions. 

Easy Sausage Gnocchi Soup with spoon.

HOW CAN I MODIFY THIS GNOCCHI SOUP?

VEGETABLES: I used onion, garlic, celery and carrots in this soup. You can use any vegetable you have that you think would pair nicely. I like green beans, red bell pepper, broccoli and peas also. 

BROTH: You can also use chicken stock, beef broth or chicken broth. If you want to make homemade broth try my recipe here

WINE: I like to add a splash of white wine sometimes for extra flavor. I would add that in with the broth. 

CHEESE: Cheese is a nice addition to the soup. I like shredded Parmesan cheese or mozzarella cheese. Another way to make this soup extra rich is to add a parmesan rind while simmering the soup. 

BEANS: Beans are always a great addition to soup. For this soup I would add chickpeas or white beans. 

GREENS: I added spinach to this soup but you could also use kale, swiss chard or your favorite greens you have on hand. 

CREAMY: If you want to make this a creamy sausage gnocchi soup add half and half or heavy cream to thicken it up. 

MEAT: For this soup I added mild italian sausage. You can skip the meat all together or try ground turkey, beef, chicken sausage, spicy italian sausage or shredded chicken. 

SPICES: Some other spices that would be nice in this soup are paprika, turmeric, italian seasoning or curry powder. 

Easy Sausage Gnocchi Soup with logo.

WHAT SHOULD I PAIR WITH THIS SOUP?

Salad is always a great pairing for this dish. I love serving this Lemon Arugula Salad with Pine Nuts, this Spinach Salad with Bacon or this Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing

Vegetable side dishes are also a nice addition to a pasta meal. I especially love this Roasted Broccoli, Green Beans with Brown Butter and Toasted Almonds or this Sautéed Spinach

Homemade bread is always a nice addition. My favorites are this Best Sourdough Bread Recipe or this Homemade Wheat Bread

OTHER SOUPS YOU MIGHT LIKE:

SPICY CHICKEN SOUP

CHICKEN LEMON ORZO SOUP

VEGETABLE SOUP WITH CABBAGE

WHITE BEAN SOUP

MOROCCAN RED LENTIL SOUP 

Easy Sausage Gnocchi Soup with blue napkin

Easy Gnocchi Soup

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This Easy Gnocchi Soup uses your favorite protein, like ground beef or shredded chicken, and pairs it with rich spices, vegetables and comforting gnocchi. You will love how easy this soup comes together for your family! 

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces potato gnocchi
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound ground sausage or beef {or protein of your choice}
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 cups vegetable broth {you can also use beef, or chicken broth}
  • 1 cup water
  • 1-15 oz. cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper {optional}
  • 1 to 2 cups of spinach {or greens of your choice}

Instructions

    1. Depending on if your gnocchi is fresh, frozen or dried cook the gnocchi according to the package. If you want crispy gnocchi use a skillet and saute it with olive oil for about 3-5 minues. If you don't need it crispy you can boil the gnocchi directly in the soup for the time indicated on the bag. Set aside.
    2. Heat 2 tablespoon olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium heat. Add ground sausage or beef to the skillet and cook until browned, about 5 minutes, drain excess fat and set aside.
    3. Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil to the pot and stir in garlic, onion, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-4minutes.
    4. Stir in vegetable broth, water diced tomatoes, basil, oregano, thyme, crushed red pepper, ground beef and and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 12-15 minutes. Add the spinach and let wilt.
    5. In soup bowls add the crispy gnocchi. Ladle the soup into the bowls and top with Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs like parsley and basil.
    6. Serve immediately with crusty bread.

Notes

I try to keep the gnocchi seperate and just add it to the each bowl when I serve the soup especially if you think you will have leftovers. It helps the gnocchi from becoming really soft and mushy.

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Donna A Pollock

Monday 15th of January 2024

I made your soup for dinner tonight. WOW!! was it ever good. I Butter fried the gnocchi like you suggested and it was perfect. My 2 sons at the entire pot with a crusty loaf of Italian Bread. It had so much flavor and was made quickly. This will be a new one of my go to recipes. Thank you. This is a very delicious soup. I love the fried gnocchi, it made all the difference in the world to me...

Julia

Monday 15th of January 2024

I am so glad that you all enjoyed it! I am glad you did the butter fried gnocchi. I feel like it makes all the difference!

Annie Summer

Thursday 26th of October 2023

We loved this recipe! The only issue I had was the carrots. I sliced them pretty thin, but they still didn’t cook at the same time as the other vegetables. I wish I had cooked them first. But delicious anyway…thanks for sharing :)

Julia

Friday 27th of October 2023

Glad you liked it! The recipe calls for shredded carrots- did you use those? I think it is fine to use diced or thinly sliced but they aren't going to cook as fast so you have to simmer a little longer. You also could use matchstick carrots which cook quickly.

Beth Palmer

Saturday 21st of October 2023

Made this soup tonight and included some small broccoli florets, kept the gnocchi crisp and added at the end. I also included fresh basil and parsley at the end! So tasty and will add it into our winter soup rotation! Probably to serve to guests as well with crusty bread.

Julia

Sunday 22nd of October 2023

Love the additions! Thanks for sharing and so glad you liked it.

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