One Skillet Sausage and Kale Gnocchi

Jonathan, The Candid Appetite

A simple and delicious weeknight meal that only requires one pan to make. It’s packed with flavor, and a definite crowd pleaser.
20 min Prep Time
10 min Cook Time
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Servings: 4-6 servings

Servings: 4-6 servings


  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 pound Italian chicken sausage, removed from casings
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 10-ounce bag chopped kale
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 pound gnocchi
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream


Step 1

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once melted, add the sausage and begin breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Cook until the sausage has browned. Transfer the sausage to a plate and set aside.

Step 2

Add remaining butter, stir in onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add kale and cook, stirring often, until it begins to wilt. Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg and red pepper flakes. Stir in chicken stock and milk and bring to a simmer. Add gnocchi and stir until well combined. Cover and cook over low heat until the gnocchi are tender and almost all of the liquid has evaporated, about 5 to 8 minutes.

Step 3

Uncover and stir back in the sausage, parmesan and heavy cream. Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly. Serve with parmesan and crushed red pepper flakes on top, if desired.