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Cheesy Skillet Gnocchi

Cheesy Skillet Gnocchi is a one pan, quick and easy dinner.  A healthified version of pure comfort food.

Gnocchi has to be one of the most under used foods, that I absolutely love! Good gnocchi are so soft, pillowy, and are good in so many different dishes. Chicken Gnocchi Soup is one of my favorites to make all winter long.

You can find it with the rest of the dried pasta at the grocery store, so it is great to have on hand and use when nights get crazy.

I found this cheesy gnocchi skillet years ago in a Cooking Light magazine, and it has been a staple in our house since. It is great to make in the summer when you have fresh tomatoes. Or you can make it in the winter with canned tomatoes and it is still comforting and delicious.

What You’ll Need

  • Gnocchi
  • Italian Sausage
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes (fresh or canned diced tomatoes)
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Heavy Cream
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper
Cheesy Gnocchi Skillet {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserst}

How To Make Cheesy Gnocchi Skillet

  1. This starts a little different, you don’t boil the gnocchi. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the olive oil and gnocchi. Cook for about 7 minutes, until the gnocchi start to lightly brown and soften. Remove them from the pan.
  2. Add the sausage to the pan, break it apart and cook for 5-6 minutes, until it is cooked. Remove the sausage from the pan and keep warm.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper and cook for 7-8 minutes until the tomatoes start to soften and bread down.
  4. Add the sausage and gnocchi back to the pan and stir in the heavy cream. Cook for a few minutes, until it is warm.
  5. Top with cheese and cover to melt.
Cheesy Gnocchi Skillet - lightened up comfort food!

Can I Use Something Other Than Heavy Cream

Absolutely. If you don’t want to or don’t have it, you can use any other milk product/substitute you like. There is only 1/4 cup for the whole recipe, so it isn’t a lot. But you can use whatever you want it its place.

The other nice this about this recipe is you can use whatever type of sausage you like. If you want to cut down on the fat you can use turkey or chicken Italian sausage. Whatever you have and like works great.

skillet with gnocchi covered in cheese

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Yield: 4

Cheesy Skillet Gnocchi

Cheesy Gnocchi Skillet {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Cheesy Gnocchi Skillet is a one pan, quick and easy dinner. A healthified version of pure comfort food.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 oz) package gnocchi
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 12 oz Italian sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups tomatoes, diced (or 1 can diced tomatoes)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the olive oil and gnocchi. Cook for about 7 minutes, until the gnocchi start to lightly brown and soften. Remove them from the pan.
  2. Add the sausage to the pan, break it apart and cook for 5-6 minutes, until it is cooked. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, until you can start to smell it. Remove the sausage from the pan and keep warm.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper and cook for 7-8 minutes until the tomatoes start to soften and bread down.
  4. Add the sausage and gnocchi back to the pan and stir in the heavy cream. Cook for a few minutes, until it is warm.
  5. Top with cheese and cover to melt.

Notes

Adapted from Cooking Light

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 483Total Fat 35gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 22gCholesterol 86mgSodium 1313mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 22g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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Dawn Wells

Sunday 10th of July 2022

I just printed this out and I am making for my Italian friend and his brother. I'm telling them I slaved all day like their mother did all those years! Lol thanks for the recipe, it looks fantastic!

Valerie

Friday 16th of September 2016

This looks god but I am confused as to why you think this is healthy. A healthier version would be to use whole wheat gnocchi, ground turkey instead of sausage, and 2% milk or even half and half instead of cream.

Erin S

Friday 16th of September 2016

This recipe is adapted from Cooking Light. 1/4 cup of heavy cream spread over 4-5 servings is only 50 calories per serving, so to make a creamy dish with that little is not too much in my opinion. You can use whole wheat gnocchi if you want, I didn't specify what kind to use. The sausage gives the flavor, so I don't want to use just ground turkey. They have turkey Italian sausage which I use almost all the time. Everyone has a different version of healthy, and you can modify any recipe to make it just a little better for your family.

Cyndi

Wednesday 17th of February 2016

Do you need to boil the gnocchi first before pan frying?

Erin S

Wednesday 17th of February 2016

No, they cook in the frying pan Cyndi. They only need a couple minutes until they are rehydrated and cooked.

Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

Tuesday 10th of February 2015

just saw this on Pinterest. . oh my gawd, this looks soooo good, Erin!! love! totally going to try this!

Emily @ Life on Food

Monday 19th of January 2015

I wish I had this for dinner tonight. Yummy!

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