Creamy Gnocchi & Italian Sausage with Walnuts and Sage

Creamy Gnocchi & Italian Sausage with Walnuts and Sage

This recipe is from RVer & chef Christina Stawiasz whose blog Thyme and Timber Life chronicles her love for cooking outdoors.


Creamy Gnocchi & Italian Sausage with Walnuts and Sage

I throughly enjoy cooking outdoors while camping. Alternatively, this dish can easily be made on the stove top. I do however pre-boil the gnocchi on my little stove inside our RV. Be sure to follow the package instructions to whichever gnocchi you decide to use. I tend to choose the brand De Cecco Potato Gnocchi no. 401. It’s conveniently measured into a 1 pound package and cooks up quickly in just 2 minutes. I use a 1 pound package of ground Italian Sausage, don’t be shy to switch up the flavor or heat with your personal favorite. Can’t find ground sausage? You can easily remove the casing to sausage by creating a shallow cut from end to end with the tip of a knife. Grab the split casing on one end with your thumb and forefinger and simply peel back the casing. Chop a small onion and mince 3-4 garlic cloves. I like garlic. I mean, I really LOVE garlic, so be as minimal or generous with the amount of garlic to your liking. Give your sage a fine chop and coarsely chop the walnuts. Now we’re ready to start cooking.

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Once preheated, place a Dutch Oven on the grill and heat for 5 minutes until hot, testing with a couple drops of water until it sizzles. Add a small drizzle of oil, enough to lightly coat the pan. Sausage typically has enough fat in itself which we’ll drain off after cooking. Add your sausage, crumbling as it cooks and season with ground pepper. Since sausage leans more towards the salty side, I hold off on adding salt. Cook the sausage through, 8-10 minutes until no longer pink. Transfer crumbled sausage to a plate lined with paper towel to absorb any excess oil leaving 1 Tablespoon of oil in the pot. 

Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes. Once onions have softened, reduce heat to medium. Stir in 1 Tablespoon of butter and walnuts, cooking for an additional 3-4 minutes, continue to stir until butter is melted through. Next add the garlic and sage, sautéing until aromatic, about 30 seconds. 

It’s wine time! Add a 1/2 cup of dry white wine and let the flavor magic happen, cook for 5 minutes. Now it’s time to add the cooked sausage, cream and gnocchi. Reduce to to medium low and allow to simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Lastly, stir in two cups of baby spinach or roughly chopped spinach, sprinkle with grated Parmesan and voila!

Creamy Gnocchi & Italian Sausage with Walnuts and Sage

Creamy Gnocchi & Italian Sausage with Walnuts and Sage

Print Recipe
My favorite go-to gnocchi dish that’s quick, easy, and satisfying. A meal full of flavor that offers the perfect textural bite.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Cast Iron Skillet, Dutch Oven, One-Pot Meals
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4
Author Christina Stawiasz

Equipment

  • Skillet or Dutch Oven
  • Stovetop, Campfire, or Grill

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 1 lb (16 oz) Ground Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves minced
  • 8 large sage leaves finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1/2 cup walnuts coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • 1 lb 16 oz package of gnocchi, cooked according to package instructions
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Heat a Dutch Oven or cast iron skillet for 5 minutes on a medium-high preheated grill. Add olive oil and crumble sausage into pan, season with pepper. Break up sausage while cooking until browned and cooked through, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Transfer crumbled sausage to a plate lined with paper towel to absorb any excess oil leaving 1 Tablespoon of oil in the pan.
  • Add onion to pan and sauté for 5 minutes or until softened.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Stir in 1 Tablespoon of butter and walnuts, cooking for an additional 3-4 minutes, continue to stir until butter is melted through.
  • Add garlic and sage, sautéing until aromatic, about 30 seconds.
  • Add dry white wine and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Add the cooked sausage, cream and gnocchi, bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes until heated through.
  • Lastly, stir in two cups of baby spinach. Remove from heat and sprinkle with grated Parmesan.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • For stove top, use the same heating temps.
  • You can sub baby spinach for roughly chopped spinach, kale or Swiss chard.
  • I do not add salt until tasting at the very end. Sausage leans towards the salty side to begin with.
About author

Christina Stawiasz

I’m Christina, currently a part-time RVer with my husband. Food & Travel are my ultimate passions and it all began with my passion for creating the most delicious food in the kitchen and combining it with my true love for nature exploration! Whether it’s off the grid or in a campground, you’ll find me using my tiny travel gas grill, embracing a hot, smokey, smoldering campfire, (yum, that smokey flavor) or utilizing my tiny RV stovetop. I am always on a constant, serious mission to create some exceptional meals for the great outdoors!

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