Sun-Dried Tomato Sausage Gnocchi

Sun-Dried Tomato Sausage Gnocchi combined with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, herbs, and toasted pine nuts is a delicious dish which will be ready in 20 minutes.

Once upon a time, there was a boy named Ben who loved watermelons. He loved them so much that while other people started to enjoy apples and pumpkins, he would still eat them. He lived happily until the beginning of October when the price would go up, and watermelons start to be soft and mushy inside. One sunny September day, he headed to a market to get two or five melons, and he found none. He didn’t find any in another store either. He finally found some at another place, but the price was too high. Ben sat down on the porch and cried; his life looked so miserable. Suddenly, there was a swirl of colours, and an old lady appeared in front of Ben.

“You shall have a watermelon”, Ben!” she said. With that, the Fairy Godmother turned a pumpkin into a beautiful watermelon.

Hello, my friends. I am a bad storyteller, but this situation happened to me last week. We started with Costco, then stopped at another store, and only Walmart had them. The cost was outrageous. I was very upset. To my liking, watermelons at the beginning-mid of September are the best; sweet, juicy, and crispy. I finally managed to find a store which didn’t let me down. The Fairy Godmother Andrey suggested that Nova Scotia run out of the melons imported from the USA, and there would be some Canadian produce shortly. He was right! Just a couple of days ago one place started to sell watermelons grown in…Nova Scotia! They turned delicious, and the price was decent. I have 5 watermelons now, so I am safe for a couple of days.

Sun-Dried Tomato Sausage Gnocchi

These Sun-Dried Tomato Sausage Gnocchi don’t include any watermelon, but this dish is utterly delicious. Let’s see. Pan-fried gnocchi, sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, wilted spinach, herbs, and pine nuts. Delicious? Yes, this dish isn’t healthy, but I don’t suggest eating it every day. I also used low-fat breakfast sausage (3.5 gr fat per 100 gr); chicken and turkey sausage will be a good choice. I also incorporated some spinach to make it healthier. Lies! I added it because it has started to wilt, so I wanted to utilize it.

I enjoyed this Sun-Dried Tomato Sausage Gnocchi in August, but it would be a perfect meal for a crisp autumn evening. Please try.




Sun-Dried Tomato Sausage Gnocchi

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Servings: 2-3 servings


  • 250 gr. low-fat sausage (low-fat pork, chicken, or turkey), roughly chopped/sliced
  • 1,5 cups gnocchi (the perfect choice will be skillet gnocchi)
  • 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained
  • 1 - 1,5 cups of fresh spinach
  • 1/2 tsp. coconut oil
  • smoked paprika, black pepper to tatse
  • 1 tsp. dried herbs de Provence
  • fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted


  1. Place the chopped sausage in a pan (without adding any fat) and cook over medium heat about 5 minutes until golden then reduce heat and cook for 3-4 minutes over low-medium heat, until almost ready. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. Clean the pan and add the coconut oil (can use the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes), add the gnocchi, and cook for about 5 minutes, tossing, until lovely-golden.
  3. Return the sausage and add the sun-dried tomatoes. Season with smoked paprika, black pepper, fresh basil, and herbs de Provence (and salt if needed). Cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the spinach and cook 1 minute until wilted. Off heat.
  5. Serve with extra fresh basil and toasted pine nuts.
  6. Enjoy!

5 thoughts on “Sun-Dried Tomato Sausage Gnocchi

  1. I love your story. We all need a fairy godmother some days, and I’m glad yours was there! This gnocchi dish is gorgeous! I love the colors and it sounds positively delicious! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I’m laughing at your fairy tale here, Ben. And I’m glad it ended well…although I’m really chuckling at the idea of Andrey as the fairy godmother here. Perhaps I shall tell this story to Robbie tonight. :-)

    Also, I absolutely love gnocchi…it’s one of my all-time favorites! The addition of sausage and sun-dried tomatoes here sounds like a great combo. By the way, have you ever tried making your own gnocchi? It’s not that hard. Check out the recipe I posted some years ago for ricotta gnocchi. It’s not traditional gnocchi, but it’s super easy and really tasty! Homemade gnocchi with these toppings sounds like something that would win an award!

  3. You’re adorable, Ben! Your fairy godmother would definitely show up in a watermelon carriage to take you to the ball! ;)

    This gnocchi dish looks fantastic! It clearly needs to make an appearance at our house!
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  4. Ben, you should come over here, we’re still getting small round very sweet and crisp Spanish melons. But, soon they too will be gone. I love gnocchi in any form. Your combinations sound tummy warming and yummy. I like the idea of using the herbs de Provence, I’ll have to give that a try.

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