Cheesy Gnocchi Florentine Recipe

Yields: 4-5 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25-30 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound ground Italian sausage (sweet or spicy, your preference)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained (preferably Italian-style)
  • 1 cup heavy cream or half & half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (16 oz) package shelf-stable or refrigerated gnocchi
  • 5 ounces baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Brown the Sausage and Veggies:

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground sausage, breaking it up as it cooks until browned.
  • Stir in the chopped onion and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add minced garlic and Italian seasoning, cook for an additional minute until fragrant.

Make the Sauce:

  • Stir in the diced tomatoes, heavy cream (or half & half), salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low.

Cook the Gnocchi:

  • Carefully add the gnocchi to the sauce.
  • Continue simmering for 8-10 minutes or until the gnocchi are cooked through and tender. If the sauce becomes too thick, add a splash of water or chicken broth to thin it out slightly.

Wilt the Spinach:

  • Stir in the baby spinach and cook just until the spinach wilts, about 1-2 minutes.

Get Cheesy:

  • Remove the skillet from the heat. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese evenly over the top.

Broil for Perfection (Optional):

  • For a golden, bubbly finish, preheat your oven’s broiler. Place the skillet under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and lightly browned. Be sure to watch carefully!

Finish and Serve:

  • Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately and enjoy this hearty, comforting dish!


  • Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free gnocchi for a gluten-free meal.
  • Fresh Spinach: Substitute fresh spinach for frozen; cook as directed on the package before adding to the pan.
  • Spice It Up: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a bit of heat.
  • Make it Ahead: Prepare the sauce and sausage mixture in advance. Store in the refrigerator and reheat before adding gnocchi and spinach.


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