One Skillet Sausage & White Bean Gnocchi

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Only ONE skillet needed for a delicious 30 minute dinner recipe. Garlic, onion, sausage, white beans, gnocchi, tomatoes, and spinach plus spices and cheese mix together to make an incredible dinner in thirty minutes. Recipe via

Only ONE skillet needed for a delicious 30 minute dinner recipe. Garlic, onion, sausage, white beans, gnocchi, tomatoes, and spinach plus spices and cheese mix together to make an incredible dinner in thirty minutes.
ONE SKILLET white bean gnocchi
Even though it’s still technically summer, it always starts to feel like Fall-time when school is back in and it’s September. Regardless of what the calendar says about when Fall-time begins, I always equate September with Fall-time, pumpkin, autumn candles (we’ve already burned through one ?) and time for more comfort food. ?

This dish is definitely a comfort meal made healthier. It’s packed with veggies, protein (turkey sausage + beans), and a handful of Italian spices. But one of the best things about this meal? It’s ready and on the table in about thirty minutes; and that time is including hands-off cooking time!GnocchiOnly ONE skillet needed for a delicious 30 minute dinner recipe. Garlic, onion, sausage, white beans, gnocchi, tomatoes, and spinach

The most popular recipe on the blog this past summer have been these sausage and veggie foil pack dinners. They have received countless rave reviews! As it turns out, many of you tried turkey sausage for the first time and absolutely loved it.

And it’s *just* about as easy as a foil pack meal in terms of preparation. There is only one dirty dish at the end of everything — just the skillet made to cook it all in. If you use paper plates, you really do have about the same clean-up as a foil dinner. ??

Only ONE skillet needed for a delicious 30 minute dinner recipe. Garlic, onion, sausage, white beans, gnocchi, tomatoes, and spinach via

To make this easy one skillet meal, you’ll start by sautΓ©ing the minced garlic and chopped onion with some olive oil in a large skillet. After that you add in the sausage to brown it a little. Only about 5-7 minutes total of cooking over the stovetop and then you throw in the rest of the ingredients (spices, whites beans, tomatoes, water, gnocchi, & spinach) and stir it all together. The dish gets topped with cheese and thrown in the oven.

After about 17-22 minutes everything is cooked through and most of the water should be absorbed. I like to put the dish under the broiler for a few minutes to really crisp up the gnocchi. When you pull the dish out of the oven let it cool for a few minutes and it will absorb the rest of the leftover water. A sprinkle of freshly chopped parsley and some cracked pepper and this dish is ready to be DEVOURED.Only ONE skillet needed for a delicious 30 minute dinner recipe. Garlic, onion, sausage, white beans, gnocchi, tomatoes, and spinach!

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One Skillet Sausage, White Bean, and Gnocchi

4.95 from 35 votes
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One Skillet Sausage, White Bean, and Gnocchi

4.95 from 35 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Chelsea


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 package (13 ounces) Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage
  • 1/4 cup water or chicken broth
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika optional
  • Seasoned salt and pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans
  • 1 package (16 ounces) gnocchi
  • 1 and 1/2 cups fresh spinach ~4-5 ounces
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Optional: fresh parsley


  • Move a rack in your oven to the upper third of the oven and then preheat to 425 degrees F.
  • Put a large oven-safe skillet (I use a 12 inch lodge dutch oven skillet), on the stove at medium-high heat. Pour in the olive oil.
  • Add in the chopped onion and stir until the onion is transparent -- about 4 minutes. Add in the garlic and stir for another 30 seconds.
  • Coin the turkey sausage and add to the skillet. Cook over high heat until lightly browned or about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add in the water or broth, undrained Italian diced tomatoes, oregano, parsley, garlic powder, paprika, seasoned salt and pepper, THOROUGHLY rinsed, drained, and dried cannellini beans, and uncooked gnocchi. Stir until everything is well combined. Gently stir in the spinach and make sure it's covered with liquid.
  • Top with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and place in the oven.
  • Bake for 17-22 minutes. If desired, turn on the broiler and then broil for another 2-3 minutes for a delicious crispy top.
  • Remove from the heat, top with additional salt, pepper, and some chopped fresh parsley if desired. Enjoy immediately.



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    1. Oh the sweet peppers addition sounds delicious! Thanks so much for giving this a try and leaving a comment Elle! πŸ™‚

  1. I’m on weight watchers and was wondering , although your recipies sound and look delicious, do you post any nutritional information anywhere?

    1. Yep πŸ™‚ I’ve recently started adding nutrition facts to all my latest recipes. You can find them at the bottom of the post. There is a label on this post at the end of it. Enjoy Ellen!

      1. 5 stars
        Awesome! Was looking for a Gnocchi recipe (because that’s what I had to work with) and boy did I find one. Wanted to make something new for my wife and this was a hit! I work a 2-on-2-off night time schedule so it’s really hard to find a quick recipe to surprise her on my days off. Thank you for this hubby win!

        1. I am so happy you found this recipe and loved it! That definitely sounds like a hubby win, haha! Thanks so much for your comment! πŸ™‚

  2. 5 stars
    Made this over the weekend and was it a hit! So easy to make and delicious. The dish was devoured. Definitely making this again.

  3. 5 stars
    This was dinner last night and a BIG hit! I pretty much followed the recipe, except I skipped the S&P and increased the water to 1 cup. Also skipped the broil step, because it was already nicely browned. I’m a little sad that my daughter wanted the leftovers for lunch today, because I had planned on hoarding them.

    1. Haha! πŸ™‚ Dangit, I hate when I don’t have leftovers of something I loved πŸ™‚ I’m thrilled this was a bit hit! Thanks so much for the comment Sandra!

  4. 5 stars
    Look delicious! I was wondering if the recipe would be different if using homemade gnocchi? Would you suggest cooking the gnocchi first or would it turn out overcooked? Thanks in advance!

    1. I’m thinking it would be pretty similar, but I can’t say for sure since I haven’t tried. I would probably not cook the homemade gnocchi first though. I wish I could be of more help!

  5. 5 stars
    I accidentally bought ground sausage for this recipe..I couldnt see that being very good once I really read the recipe so I grilled up some chicken breast and put that in the skillet instead. It was really GOOD!! Even my picky picky children ate it (I may have told the 2year old Gnocchi is noodles since he is fond of noodles). πŸ˜‰

    1. Haha!! Too funny! I’ve told my toddler the same thing πŸ™‚ And it definitely worked out for the best because he loves gnocchi! I’m so thrilled the chicken breast was great in this dish. Thanks for the comment Ellie πŸ™‚

  6. 3 stars
    We made this recipe last night and the flavors were excellent. However, we used fresh gnocchi (not frozen) and the result was a most unappealing glop. Any suggestions for the future?

    1. I’d try packaged DeLallo gnocchi if you can find it — that’s our favorite and never had issues with that! Also watch your baking time (it may be faster in your oven) and don’t over-stir. Hope that helps!

    1. Yes, I would. And you might also just want to add it at the very end so it doesn’t get overcooked/mushy. πŸ™‚

  7. Anxious to try! But first, a question about
    “Seasoned salt and pepper” Like steak seasoning or the old fashioned seasoned salt? Thanks.

      1. 5 stars
        This dish is soooooooooo flavorful that I’ve not added any extra salt (and, I’m a Salt and Vinegar Kettle Chip kind of girl! πŸ™‚ ).
        I’ve made this three times now, and each time it’s equally as delicious!!!! I want to try it with shrimp next time.

        1. Thank you so much for the comment! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it! You’ll have to let me know how it is with shrimp πŸ™‚

  8. 5 stars
    This was REALLY delicious. This was the first time I put my pan in the oven, it worked great! Thanks very much!

  9. This recipe is a winner! I followed it to a T except since I had no oregano I used a tablespoon of Italian Seasoning. Yum!!! And so easy.

  10. Saw this on Buzzfeed’s “30 things to make in April” post and knew I needed to try it. Absolutely delicious​! Lovely balance of flavors and hit the pasta craving I was having. The only thing I’d have to alter is cooking it in a bigger size pan, I had to shift it over to a larger one midway.

  11. 5 stars
    This was great! I also came here by way of Buzzfeed. At first I was worried at the mere 1/4 cup broth, but it turned out to be more than enough. I’ll definitely make this again!

    1. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure, but I don’t think it would be the best frozen (I’m thinking it will thaw somewhat mushy)

  12. 5 stars
    I made this but made homemade gnocci, boiled and fried so the outside was crispy. Instead of mixing the gnocchi in with the sausage mixture, I layered the gnocchi on top of the sausage mixture in a casserole dish so it was a fairly thin layer. With all the gnocchi on top it really crisped up well.

    1. You could leave out the beans entirely and it can just be more of a veggie sausage gnocchi πŸ™‚

      1. Do you think it would be good without any beans? I don’t like beans at all! Is there another vegetable sub that would be good? Thanks!!

  13. Hi!

    Is there a different type of pasta that I could use besides gnocchi? I live in a small town and can’t seem to find any at the grocery store. Just wondering if there was a substitute πŸ™‚


  14. 5 stars
    This was a huge hit. The flavors were incredible! My picky family devoured it. Thanks for an easy recipe that will now be a go-to in my house. Yum!

  15. My oven is broken at the moment. Just saw this needs to be baked but I’m desperate to make this dish. Any suggestions on additional cooking stove top?

    1. Oh I’m so sorry to hear that! Unfortunately, I don’t think it would taste as good being cooked on the stovetop — I think it would end up kind of mushy. You could cook the gnocchi separately, omit the liquid, and combine the ingredients that way though.

  16. 5 stars
    I made this in a 6 quart cast iron pot. Ended up using 1.5 cups of chicken stock instead of a quarter cup. It was still great, with a divinely flavored broth. My toddler daughter enjoyed it too! Next time I’ll make sure to have some crusty bread on hand. Thanks!!

  17. I’m so excited to find this recipe. Ever since my hubby came home from a deployment he has been craving gnocchi dishes. I’ve tried other recipes of yours and love them.

  18. 5 stars
    I have a very picky daughter and a very picky husband whom I desperately tried to find different recipes to make in order for them to eat. I made this exactly the way that you’ve directed and it was a hit! It was so delicious! I have to watch how much of an I eat because of my diabetes but for them it is awesome to find something that they both love! Thank you so much for this recipe!

  19. 5 stars
    Thank you! I have a friend from Delhi, I met over the internet, and I want to send her family some gifts. I was unsure what they would like from the USA. I feel a lot more confident now!

  20. 5 stars
    Awesome recipe! Added chicken breasts and made gnocchi from scratch for a special touch. Boiled the gnocchi first then added to pan just before putting it in the oven- they held up well!

  21. One of my favorite dinners to make- I read a comment asking if it can be made on the stovetop & I saw you reply that you wouldn’t recommend it. I made this the other night and have a broken oven. I actually doubled the recipe & cooked it on the stove and it turned out perfect as always. I added about 3/4 C more liquid (even after doubling recipe) and put the lid on and let it simmer on med low for 15 minutes. I threw the cheese on last and stuck in under the broiler (which does still work) for a few minutes. I hope this helps anyone with the same issue!

    1. 5 stars
      Made this for dinner tonight and everyone loved it! My family is extremely picky and it’s hard to get them to eat healthy meals. I substituted “cauliflower gnocchi” and it was great!

  22. 5 stars
    This was sooooo good. My whole family loved it. I used Habanero kielbasa instead of sausage. This will be saved under my favorites!

  23. Made this tonight with my fussy baby in my arms and my crazy 3 year old running around the kitchen! I used Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi and frozen spinach and it turned out great! Delicious AND easy!! I think I’ll add some mushrooms next time! Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. Hahaha sounds wild! I’m sooo glad you enjoyed this and I think mushrooms would be great with it! πŸ™‚

  24. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner last night and it was a hit. I did have to make one adjustment. I started out in a 10 inch cast iron skillet. But quickly ran out of room. So I put the gnocchi and spinach in a 9X13 baking pan and poured all the hot ingredients on top and gave it a good stir. Followed the recipe as recommended. Delicious!

  25. 5 stars
    I normally don’t leave comments but I realized I need to for this one. I’ve been making this for over 2 years now. It’s one of my favorite things to cook once the temperature drops outside. I change it a little bit every time, the sausage type, type of gnocchi (fresh, frozen, stuffed even!) and every time it gets better. Thank you so much for the recipe!!

  26. Is dry gnocchi still slightly soft? Not hard like regular boxed pasta? I bought off the shelf at Trader Joes and it says it takes 3 minutes to cook so adding it to a dish for 17 minutes seems like it could become overcooked or mushy. Thoughts?

  27. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I browned the gnocchi in a little butter and extra garlic before I baked it and it was super yummy!

  28. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing. Made it multiple times and enjoy it every time! I personally like using Italian sausage with the recipe. Perfect for a quick lunch/dinner.

  29. 5 stars
    This recipe is excellent! The flavors are so good and the gnocchi cooks perfectly! This will become a regular family meal!

  30. 5 stars
    This was GREAT! Hubby loved it too. I did add a little extra liquid to make sure the gnocchi had enough to work with, and it did! Thanks for this easy, unique, yet delicious recipe. Will make again!

  31. 5 stars
    I love this dinner! I make it with regular sausage that I brown before adding the onions. I also like to use mozzarella slices on top. So delicious. I’ve used chickpeas instead of white beans when I’m out of them. This is one of my husband’s favorite meals.

  32. 5 stars
    Made this recipe last week and my husband raved about it! I used a small amount of tiny pasta instead of gnocchi. Diabetic friendlier. Might add some diced carrots this time! Thank you

  33. 5 stars
    Just want to share that this recipe is my go-to for taking meals to friends, family, new moms, etc. This recipe has brought so much comfort to so many people. It is so popular that everyone who gets it steals it and uses it for THEIR meal trains, so I have to bring something else!

    Tonight I added lacinto kale instead of spinach since I had some wilting in the crisper. A packet of Italian seasoning mix (like for dressing) also makes a great addition.

    1. I am seriously so thrilled and touched to hear this! Thank you so much Abbie! And thanks for your tips on those add ins, sounds delicious!

  34. 5 stars
    OMG this was incredible!! I sat down with my plate and as soon as I took my first bite I said β€œoh my gosh this is amazing I’m making this again.” The flavors were so complementary, it was hearty and creamy and savory and I treasured each bite. I put my phone down for once to actually sit and savor it. Thank you for this I’m adding it to my rotation for sure.

  35. Hi I’ve made this now and it’s great!! My 5 year old liked it normally gnocchi is a no no! I added more garlic cloves and garlic powder as we love spice and one cube of chicken stock to 1cup water. I added paprika paste and doubled the sausage it’s perfect even without the cheese. Instead of tomatoe I chucked in basil passata as it’s the only thing I had. Keep posting more recipes I have enjoyed this and was super quick to make.

    What side dishes can u have with this? I was thinking of making bread or something?

    1. Crusty bread would be a delicious side! You could also do a big veggie salad on the side! Glad you’ve enjoyed this recipe, thank you Lisa!

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