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Chicken Sausage and Gnocchi Skillet with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil


Some days I am just too busy to make a meal that takes more than a few minutes.  Luckily, I found an amazing skillet recipe that takes less than 15 minutes to prepare, and provides huge flavor.  This one-dish meal is high fiber, whole wheat gnocchi, protein-packed chicken sausage and loads of fresh tomatoes.  So when I’m in a pinch and in the mood for guilt-free comfort foods, I have this recipe in my back pocket! Just look at the bold and bright colors of the ingredients we are about to use…. {gets me all excited} :) Chicken-Sausage-and-Gnocchi-Skillet2

Alright, enough drooling – Let’s cook!  First step is to bring water to a boil in a medium stock pot.


In the meantime, chop the tomatoes and basil, so you don’t have to worry about it later {you can also chop up your sausage if you haven’t done so}.  For this recipe, I like to halve the tomatoes and do a quick chiffonade of basil. Chicken-Sausage-and-Gnocchi-Skillet3

Next we will prepare the gnocchi.  Gnocchi is a potato dumpling, native to Italy.  It is typically served in place of pasta with sauce or drizzled with olive oil.  We are using it today as part of this skillet because it is pillow-y soft, and soaks up all the flavors of the sausage and tomatoes. {I can’t help but smile when I’m cooking gnocchi J - it’s just so darn cute!}  The great thing about gnocchi is that it cooks quickly {similar to fresh pasta}. Once your water is boiling, add the gnocchi and let it cook for 2-3 minutes, until the dumplings float on the top.  Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside in a bowl.  Toss with a little olive oil {so they don’t stick together}. Chicken-Sausage-and-Gnocchi-Skillet4

Add the remaining olive oil to a cast iron skillet.  Heat the oil to medium-high heat.  Add the sausage and allow to cook 3-4 minutes, or until the sausage starts to brown.  Add the tomatoes and cook another 2-3 minutes, until they burst, stirring occasionally. Chicken-Sausage-and-Gnocchi-Skillet5

Add gnocchi to the skillet, season with black pepper and toss with the fresh basil {there is no such thing as too much basil, so if you want more, feel free to add it}! Chicken-Sausage-and-Gnocchi-Skillet6

Take your time and savor the flavors – It doesn’t get much better than this! Chicken-Sausage-and-Gnocchi-Skillet7

Chicken Sausage and Gnocchi Skillet

with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil

Recipe adapted from The Kitchn


  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 2 oz. fresh basil
  • 1 lb. pkg. gnocchi {whole wheat, if available}
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 links chicken sausage, sliced in ¼ in. thick coins
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper



  1. Boil water in a medium stock pot.
  2. Chop cherry tomatoes in half and chiffonade fresh basil.  Set aside.
  3. Once water is boiling, add gnocchi and reduce heat to medium.  Allow to cook until gnocchi are floating.  Remove with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl.  Add 1 tsp. olive oil and toss to coat.
  4. Add remaining 2 tsp. olive oil to a cast iron skillet and heat to medium-high.  Add chicken sausage and sauté 3-4 minutes, until starting to brown.  Add tomatoes and cook 2-3 more minutes.  Add gnocchi and season with salt and pepper.  Toss in fresh basil.
  5. Serve and enjoy!


Yield: 6 servings

Per Serving*: Calories 270, Total Fat 9g (Saturated 2.5g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 40mg, Sodium 680mg, Total Carbohydrate 34g (Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 6g), Protein 12g, Vitamin A 20%, Vitamin C 15%, Calcium 6%, Iron 10%

*Nutritional values are an approximation. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.

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