Heavenly potato pillows, spinach, & sausage


Tonight’s dinner: Italian turkey sausage, spinach, and gnocchi. And oh my goodness, it was so yummy.

3 things that made me LOVE this new recipe:

sausage, spinach, gnocchi

  1. Gnocchi – aka heavenly little potato pillows. Tortellini and ravioli used to be on my short list of go-to quick dinners. However, the fact that they’re filled with cheese left my stomach less than pleased as my lactose intolerance progressed. ENTER gnocchi. These delicious little potato pillows are cheese-free and still super creamy and rich. They satisfy my tortellini/ravioli craving, and with this recipe I don’t miss the cheese one bit!
  2. Italian turkey sausage – With roughly half the calories and a third of the fat of it’s pork counterpart, I’m hereby making the switch to Italian turkey sausage. Try it! You definitely won’t be disappointed!
  3. So inexpensive! – S/O to my local Aldi for having everything I needed for this recipe, AND it all cost less than $10.

This recipe is from Eating Well, though I made a few tweaks to eliminate the cheese, speed up the cooking process, and add some extra spice.


  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 links Italian turkey sausage (casings removed)
  • 2 TBSP minced garlic
  • 1/4 TSP ground black pepper
  • 1/2 TSP crushed red pepper flakes
  • 5 oz baby spinach
  • 16 oz shelf-stable gnocchi
  1. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a skillet and add onion. Cook and stir on a low heat for 20 minutes.
  2. Increase heat and add turkey sausage, garlic, black pepper, and crushed red pepper. Break up the meat and cook until browned.
  3. Add spinach, a few handfuls at a time. Cook and stir until each batch of spinach is wilted.
  4. Remove the sausage/spinach mixture from the pan. Cook the gnocchi in the residual oil in the pan, for about 10 minutes, until browned and fluffy.
  5. Mix the spinach and sausage back into the pan. Scoop and serve!

Try this recipe and leave me a comment! I’d love to know what you think and what variations you made.

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