Creamy Sausage and Kale Gnocchi

Ah comfort food, how I love you.

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Okay, so how is it that spring is already upon us?! I feel like I’ve just dug out all of my puffa coats and woolly hats and yet I saw a man walking around in shorts and sunglasses today…. madness! Before I fully embrace spring and all of the delicious culinary doors it opens for me (raspberries, new potatoes, asparagus, the list goes on…) I wanted to share another plate of indulgent winter appropriate comfort food with you all.

This dish is heavenly and super easy to whip up: it uses only two pans and takes literally thirty minutes to prep and cook. Boil the kale and gnocchi in one pan and then pour it into the lemony creamy sausage sauce, sprinkle over any fresh herbs you have lying around and maybe a few chili flakes to add a little punch and serve. End scene!

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Serves 2 (if hungry)

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes ย 


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 good quality pork sausages
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tsp dried thyme
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 300 ml double cream
  • 40 g grated parmesan
  • 500 g fresh gnocchi
  • 200 g kale
  • salt and pepper
  • small handful of fresh herbs, finely chopped (parsley or basil)
  • 1 tsp chili flakes (if using)


  1. In a large frying pan heat up the olive oil on a medium heat. Add the garlic to the pan and fry for two minutes before stirring in the thyme. Squeeze the sausage meat out of the sausage skins and into the pan and fry for 10 minutes until cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile boil the kale for 6 – 8 minutes; adding the gnocchi to the pan two minutes before the end.
  3. Add the lemon zest, juice and parmesan to the frying pan. Pour in the cream and then fill the cream container with water and add that to the pan too. Season very generously with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and then leave to simmer for 5 minutes to let the cream thicken.
  4. Drain the kale and gnocchi and then pour into the frying pan and stir until both are evenly coated with the sauce. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary – more salt, pepper, thyme or lemon may be needed at this stage.
  5. Serve and sprinkle over the herbs and chili flakes.

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16 thoughts on “Creamy Sausage and Kale Gnocchi

  1. A Sicilian Mama says:

    I love gnocchi and I think that your idea of using kale is excellent: it’s abundant in the supermarkets right now and it doesn’t cost much. Then a sprig of basil gives the dish a slightly more expensive look. Trick done!

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  2. Mindy says:

    Just made it. Failed to buy basil at the market and used dried along with some fresh parsley and oregano from the garden. It was phenomenal. I may try to make it again browning the gnocchi a little. LOVED it!

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