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Gnocchi with sausage tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella. Just really, really good.
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gnocchi with sausage tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella

Gnocchi with sausage tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella is just a big mess of absolutely delicious. Sometimes simple is best.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 as a main course
Calories: 818kcal
Author: romain | glebekitchen


Sausage tomato sauce

  • 1 lb hot Italian sausage - casing removed
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 28 oz can San Marzano tomatoes - you can use regular plum tomatoes - just won't be quite as good
  • salt to taste
  • olive oil

Gnocchi with sausage tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella

  • 1 lb gnocchi - store bought is fine
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella - ripped into 1/2 inch pieces


Sausage tomato sauce

  • Pass the tomatoes and their juices through a food mill or break them up by hand. If you break it up by hand remove the stem cores and any skin.
  • Heat a saucepan large enough to hold the sausage and tomatoes over medium heat.
  • Add enough olive oil to film the bottom of the saucepan.
  • Crumble the sausage into the pan and cook until just done. Remove, using a slotted spoon.
  • Spoon off all but 2 Tbsp of fat. If you don't have 2 Tbsp check the bottom of the bowl you put the cooked sausage into. It's there waiting for you.
  • Turn the heat down to medium low and add the onions.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and translucent. Do not let them brown.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  • Hopefully cooking the sausage left a bit of browned goodness in the bottom of the saucepan. If it did, pour about 2/3 of a cup of the crushed tomatoes into the saucepan, bring to a boil and scrape it up. If you didn't get any browned goodness just add all the tomatoes and next time cook the sausage over higher heat.
  • Return the sausage to the pan.
  • Add any remaining crushed tomato.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes or more.
  • Taste and adjust for salt. It likely won't need much, if any. This depends on how salty your sausage is.
  • This sauce is great with any pasta.

Gnocchi with sausage tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella

  • Pre-heat your oven to 375. Position the racks so you can move finish this off with the broiler.
  • Cook the gnocchi in boiling, well salted water until they float. Remove them as they come to the surface.
  • Combine the gnocchi with the sausage tomato sauce. Add half the cheese and stir to evenly distribute the cheese.
  • Fold into a 10 inch baking dish. If you are doing this for guests, consider individual serving ramekins. This is messy stuff to plate.
  • Top with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake until the cheese is melted - about 5-8 minutes.
  • Turn your oven to broil, place the pan high in the oven and broil until the cheese starts to brown. This takes a minute or so, depending on how powerful your broiler is.
  • Let cool about 10 minutes, top with basil and serve.


Serving: 6servings | Calories: 818kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 1840mg | Potassium: 951mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 825IU | Vitamin C: 22.4mg | Calcium: 402mg | Iron: 8.3mg