Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Sausage and Gnocchi with Red Pepper-Almond Sauce in Just 20 Minutes

After a long day with my 3 year old and an exhausting trip to the grocery store, the only thing keeping me from ordering takeout was a simple dinner with 8 ingredients and plenty of inactive cook time. 
This fabulous Sausage & Gnocchi with Red Pepper-Almond Sauce received rave reviews and goes from prep to plate in just 20 minutes.

A simple weeknight meal that is impressive enough to serve for company; that's my kind of cooking.

What is gnocchi?  

Now if everything were only that simple...

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Author: Donna Elick
Sausage and Gnocchi with Red Pepper-Almond Sauce

Sausage and Gnocchi with Red Pepper-Almond Sauce

A lovely compliment of crunchy and creamy with pillowy potato dumplings and almonds that goes from prep to plate in 20 minutes
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 20 Min


  • 1 (16-ounce) package fresh or frozen gnocchi
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar sweet roasted red peppers (drained)
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes with garlic
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 pound hot Italian pork sausages
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (plus more to season water)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 6 basil leaves, chopped


  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium high heat.
  2. Meanwhile, fill an 8 quart pot with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Once water boils, add 3-4 tablespoons of kosher salt and gnocchi. Cook according to package directions.
  3. Add sausage to saucepan and cook until browned. Flip sausages and brown the other side, about 5 minutes total. After both sides are browned add 1/4 cup water and cover.
  4. Set aside 1/4 cup of almonds for garnishing. While the sausages are cooking, combine diced tomatoes, almonds, and red peppers. Blend until you have a smooth mixture.
  5. Pour red pepper sauce into saucepan. Stir around sausage.
  6. Drain gnocchi, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water. Add reserved pasta water to red pepper sauce. Remove sausage from sauce and slice into coins. Return sausage coins to sauce, add gnocchi. Reduce to simmer, stir in basil. Simmer for 5 minutes while you set the table. Serve and enjoy!
  1. You can substitute 2 fresh roasted red peppers in place of jarred peppers. I sometimes divide my peppers and chop half a pepper and puree the rest for more visual appeal.

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  1. I like that sauce and could see using it a few different ways other than in this recipe. When you talked about "I found the no key" it made me start singing the old Limp Bisket song. You know the one..."I did it all for the gnochi" :)

  2. I am from the UK but live in Spain. Could you tell me what Hot Italian pork sausages are. Would they be similar to Chorizo ?

  3. This is an amazing blend of flavors and texture! The sauces is delicious!


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