I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the last bit of summer. I am not quite ready to let go of summer just yet. For the rest of this month, I will be sharing a couple more summer inspired recipes. Stay tuned for those recipes in the upcoming weeks. Today on my blog I am featuring a Tuscan Sausage Gnocchi dish I created. Where are all my gnocchi pasta fans? If you are a gnocchi lover you will certainly love this dish!! So many amazing flavors in this dish. The spicy sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, garlic, and mascarpone make an incredible sauce. If you are looking for a new and quick weeknight dinner idea, no need to look any further. This pasta dish would even be great for a weekend gathering with family and friends. Enjoy this dish if you make it!
Tuscan Sausage Gnocchi
1 pound hot sausage (feel free to use sweet if you do not like spicy sausage)
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes (feel free to use marinated ones or non-marinated works)
1 package potato gnocchi
2 cups of fresh baby spinach
Salt & pepper
1-2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons mascarpone (add extra for more creaminess)
Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Boil a pot of water for gnocchi. Follow directions on the back of gnocchi package. Once gnocchi is cooked set aside. To a skillet, add sausage and sauté over medium-heat for about 5-10 minutes. Break up sausage as you cook it in skillet. Make sure sausage is cooked thoroughly and no longer pink. Set sausage aside until later. Over medium heat add oil and sauté garlic for about 30 seconds. Add spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, salt and pepper. Stir until spinach becomes wilted. Add crumbled sausage to skillet and stir until well combined. Lower heat at this point and add mascarpone and stir. Lastly, add in gnocchi and stir until coated. Once gnocchi is coated in sauce, serve in your favorite pasta bowl and sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top and crushed red pepper flakes if desired. Enjoy!