White Bean Gnocchi (ONE Skillet!)

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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 chelseasmessyapron.com

This White Bean Gnocchi combines aromatics, smoked sausage, savory white beans, tender gnocchi, fire-roasted tomatoes, and baby spinach for an explosion of flavor and textures! This nutritious and hearty meal can be prepared in less than 30 minutes and is all made in one skillet!

We love easy one-skillet meals. Try some other favorites next time like this Sweet Potato Burrito Bowl, cheesy Tuna Pasta, or this Chicken Tortellini Bake.

White Bean Gnocchi

White Bean Gnocchi

This warming, hearty, nutritious, Tuscan-inspired meal is one you’ll feel great eating. It’s packed with good-for-you ingredients, it’s satisfying, and it’s total comfort food!

While the ingredient photo shown below may seem like there’s a lot going on, you’ll be amazed at how quickly everything comes together. Most ingredients need no more prep than opening a can or package! The process of making White Bean Gnocchi is simple — just a little bit of veggie sautéing and then everything gets combined in the skillet and baked to cheesy perfection.

QUICK TIP

Tuscan cooking is characterized by simple food, without a lot of heavy sauces. The cooking is typically done with olive oil (not butter) and dishes are usually enjoyed with a crusty loaf of bread!

Ingredient shots-- elements for making White Bean Gnocchi

Let’s chat gnocchi

First off, if you aren’t familiar, gnocchi is a traditional Italian type of pasta. They’re soft, pillowy, thick, and fairly small. Gnocchi are typically made with semolina, white flour, or a mix of both, but the main ingredient remains consistent — they’re always made with potatoes! Gnocchis are tender, light, and taste like a mix between dumplings and pasta. Although the main ingredient is potato, they don’t taste overwhelmingly like a potato — in fact, plain gnocchis don’t have a very strong flavor at all. This is what makes them so versatile and excellent for carrying other flavors in surrounding ingredients or sauces.

For this recipe, you’ll need one package of your favorite shelf-stable gnocchi. While no store-bought gnocchi can ever compare to homemade, the seasonings and other ingredients in White Bean Gnocchi infuse it with lots of flavor. Additionally, as the gnocchi bake they get deliciously tender. To decide what gnocchi to purchase, here is a list of the top sellers on Amazon and a list of taste tester’s favorites. My local grocery store doesn’t have a huge selection, but Gia Russa® Gnocchi is typically my go-to.

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Process shots-- sautéing onion, garlic and sausage.

White Bean Gnocchi Tips

  • Prep everything before you start cooking. This is a dish where the cooking goes pretty quickly, so you want to make sure to have everything ready to go before starting. Once the onion, garlic, and sausage are sautéed, everything can be added into the pan and baked.
  • Top with freshly grated cheese. To avoid a grainy or greasy topping, I recommend using freshly grated cheese on top of this white bean gnocchi. Pre-shredded cheese has a cellulose coating (which keeps it from clumping in the bag), and affects the way it melts and integrates into this dish.
  • Cook this dish in an oven-safe skillet. This way you can directly transfer from stovetop to oven — no additional dishes needed. If you don’t have an oven safe skillet, I’d recommend a 9×13-inch pan for baking after assembling.
  • Seasonings. This dish doesn’t have a lot of salt and pepper because the chicken stock, the Parmesan cheese, the sausage and the white beans are all fairly salty on their own. That said, you still might need a pinch extra at the end — don’t be afraid to add more salt and pepper until the flavors sing.
  • Add more cheese. If you love things extra cheesy, feel free to add more to the skillet or top individual bowls with more at serving time.
  • Take time sautéing the onion, garlic, and sausage. We’re adding layers of flavor here and if you don’t want crunchy bites of onion, you’ll want to take time getting them tender at the start — they don’t soften much more throughout the cooking process.

Process shots-- adding ingredients to the pan

Recipe Shortcuts

  • Get pre-sliced produce. Most grocery stores sell diced yellow onions in the produce section of the store. Alternatively, frozen diced onions are often sold by other frozen veggies and can be used in this recipe.
  • Use jarred garlic or a garlic press. Instead of mincing your own garlic, use jarred to save time. Or, a garlic press will get you fresh minced garlic in a fraction of the time that hand mincing takes.
  • Buy bagged, pre-washed baby spinach. Not having to wash and dry spinach for this White Bean Gnocchi is a big time saver! See “quick tip” below

QUICK TIP

 While the spinach doesn’t have to be chopped (and it’s quicker to not chop it), I do recommend a quick coarse chop. When chopped, it integrates better in the dish. Plus, you’ll get spinach in more bites and the smaller pieces are easier to eat. The chopping doesn’t need to take more than a minute; just add the spinach on a cutting board and run a large chef’s knife through it a few times — easy and quick!

White Bean Gnocchi

White Bean Gnocchi Ingredient Tips

  • Use high-quality stock or broth. The better the stock, the richer this meal will taste. We love Swanson’s Chicken Stock® best (not sponsored).
  • Choose your favorite smoked sausage. We love smoked turkey sausage best in this dish. We’ve also used Italian-flavored chicken sausage and thoroughly enjoy that. Smoked beef sausage also works great in this meal. Use your favorite type of smoked sausage! As long as it’s pre-cooked, it should work.
  • Fire-roasted crushed tomatoes. The tomatoes make a big difference flavor-wise in this dish so I recommend good-quality fire-roasted tomatoes. This type of tomato is charred over a flame before being crushed and canned. Contact with the flame brings out the tomato’s sweetness and gives a distinct smoky flavor; essentially you’re getting more flavor without any extra work!

White Bean Gnocchi

White Bean Gnocchi Side Dish Suggestions

Another nice thing about this recipe is that it’s really got everything you need in one skillet — veggies, protein, and carbs! It’s a great, well-balanced meal. That said, here are some side-dish serving suggestions:

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White Bean Gnocchi

4.95 from 39 votes
This White Bean Gnocchi combines aromatics, smoked sausage, savory white beans, tender gnocchi, fire-roasted tomatoes, and baby spinach for an explosion of flavor and textures! This nutritious and hearty meal can be prepared in less than 30 minutes and is all done in one skillet!
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White Bean Gnocchi

4.95 from 39 votes
This White Bean Gnocchi combines aromatics, smoked sausage, savory white beans, tender gnocchi, fire-roasted tomatoes, and baby spinach for an explosion of flavor and textures! This nutritious and hearty meal can be prepared in less than 30 minutes and is all done in one skillet!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Healthy, Italian
Keyword white bean gnocchi
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 780kcal
Author Chelsea
Cost $10.12

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon (13g) olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced (1 cup; 130g)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 package (13 oz.; 368g) Smoked Turkey Sausage, coined
  • 1/4 cup (65g) Swanson's chicken stock (or broth; water works too)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz. 411g) fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon EACH: dried oregano, dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon EACH: garlic powder, paprika
  • Fine sea salt and pepper
  • 1 can (15.5 oz; 439g) white kidney or cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 package (16 oz.; 453g) gnocchi (shelf-stable)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (37g) fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (50g) freshly grated mozzarella cheese (plus more for serving)
  • 1/4 cup (17g) freshly grated Parmesan cheese (plus more for serving)
  • Optional: fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley, finely chopped

Instructions

  • PREP: Move a rack in your oven to the upper third of the oven and then preheat to 425 degrees F (218 degrees C). Prep ingredients before starting -- cooking goes quickly. Dice the onion, mince garlic, cut sausage into coins (~1/2 inch thick), drain and rinse white beans, coarsely chop spinach, grate cheeses.
  • ONION, GARLIC, AND SAUSAGE: Place a large oven-safe skillet (I use a deep 12-inch cast iron skillet) on the stove over medium-high heat. Pour in the olive oil and when hot, add the diced onion. Sauté, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon until the onion is transparent and becoming golden, about 5-7 minutes. Add in the garlic and stir for another 30 seconds. Add the coined turkey sausage to the skillet. Cook until lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes.
  • ADD REMAINING INGREDIENTS: Add in the stock/broth or water, undrained diced tomatoes, oregano, parsley, garlic powder, paprika, thoroughly rinsed, drained, and dried off white beans, uncooked gnocchi (break apart any that are sticking together), and spinach. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (I add 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.) Stir until everything is well combined. Top with grated mozzarella and Parmesan.
  • BAKE: Bake for 17-23 minutes. If desired, broil for 1-2 minutes for a delicious crispy top (watch closely -- it can go from perfect to burnt in a matter of seconds!)
  • ENJOY: Remove from the heat, and let slightly cool before tasting for any additional seasonings. Top with fresh parsley and enjoy hot! If desired, top individual bowls with more cheese - yum!
  • STORAGE: This dish is best the same day it's made. Leftovers are still tasty, but they do get a little mushy (gnocchi continues to absorb liquid). This dish does not freeze and thaw well; the gnocchis become bloated and mushy.

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Recipe Notes

Cook this dish in an oven-safe skillet. This way you can directly transfer from stovetop to oven -- no additional dishes needed. If you don't have an oven-safe skillet, I'd recommend a 9x13-inch pan for baking after assembling.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 780kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 2073mg | Potassium: 767mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 9061IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 547mg | Iron: 11mg

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116 Comments

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

  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 🙂 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! 🙂

  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! 🙂 Dangit, I hate when I don’t have leftovers of something I loved 🙂 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). 😉

    1. Haha!! Too funny! I’ve told my toddler the same thing 🙂 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 🙂

  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 (shelf stable) gnocchi if you can find it — we’ve 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. 🙂

  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! 🙂 ).
        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 🙂

  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 🙂

      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 🙂

    Thanks!

  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 like a night at my home! Great job!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this and I think mushrooms would be great with it! 🙂

  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 “oh 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!

  36. 5 stars
    This is a winner!😊Cooked it on stovetop no oven and top it off with parmesan Reggiano used cauliflower gnocchi.

  37. I love ALL of your recipes, but I have to say that this is by far my favorite out of all the ones I’ve tried! It came out beautifully and was absolutely delicious!

  38. 5 stars
    Was easy and quick to make and came out amazingly!! Bursting with flavor , has definitely been added to my dinner recipes!

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