One-Pan Chicken Sausage & Gnocchi Sauté

This one-pan chicken sausage & gnocchi saute utilizes simple ingredients to create a delicious meal in minutes.

kale with chicken sausage and gnocchi

I never understood the mad rush to the grocery store when there is an inkling of news about the possibility of snow. Previously, working as a retail dietitian, the madness was unreal. The aisles with the bread and milk would be completely wiped out. I guess everyone’s instinct is to survive on bread and milk if they get snowed in? I’ll never understand.

Sausage, gnocchi, and kale in a white bowl

My kitchen isn’t always completely stocked and with news of snow, I’m the last person you will see heading to the grocery store. I don’t want to deal with the craziness!

I think it’s fun to poke around the kitchen utilizing what I have on hand to create new meal ideas. I always say that makes me feel like I am on an episode of “Chopped“. (minus the crazy ingredients like cow’s tongue the contestants get in their mystery baskets)

One Pan Chicken Sausage & Gnocchi Sauté in a white bowl on a marble slab

Each kitchen no matter how big or small has four kitchen zones: the refrigerator, freezer, pantry, and countertops. Don’t just open the fridge and just decide “there’s nothing to eat, let’s grab take out.” Utilize the ingredients in each zone to create a meal. This recipe uses all four kitchen zones to create a delicious and balanced meal.

What Kind of Gnocchi Should I Use? 

You can use the kind you find that are shelf-stable, frozen, and can even use cauliflower gnocchi instead of potato. 

The gnocchi is cooked separately to start with, which is why you can use multiple brands of varieties. 

If you haven’t tried Trader Joe’s gnocchi, you are truly missing out!

Ingredients for Chicken Sausage Gnocchi

Gnocchi – as I mentioned earlier you can choose your favorite 

Olive oil

Chicken sausage – these are the link kind

Garlic cloves

White beans – any variety will work 


Chicken broth – try to get low sodium if you can

How to Make Chicken Sausage Gnocchi in Less Than 30 Minutes

Before we get started, go ahead and cook the gnocchi according to the instructions on the packaging. 

While that’s cooking, prep your kale by removing the ribs and chopping it coarsely. 

Then add a tablespoon of oil over medium heat and cook the chicken sausages, just until they are browned. Take them out of the pan and set aside. 

Using the same pan, heat the rest of the oil and add the minced garlic, drained white beans, and cooked gnocchi. 

Cook until the gnocchi and beans are warmed. Be sure to keep a close watch on the garlic, you do not want it to burn. You can turn down the heat if needed. 

Add the sausage links back to the pan followed by the kale and chicken broth. Stir and cover until the kale wilts. 

Take the lid off and continue cooking just to allow the excess liquid to evaporate. 

Top with some parm and serve! 

chicken sausage and gnocchi in a white bowl next to a dish towel

No need to rush to the grocery store when there is snow in the forecast. Just utilize what you have in each kitchen zone! And with simply one pan, chicken sausage & gnocchi saute came together in minutes.

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One Pan Chicken Sausage & Gnocchi Sauté in a white bowl

One Pan Chicken Sausage & Gnocchi Sauté

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: one pan


One Pan Chicken Sausage & Gnocchi Sauté making meal time a breeze



10 oz. gnocchi*, cooked according to package directions
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 links chicken sausage*, sliced on a bias
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 (15.5 oz.) can white beans, drained and rinsed
6 cups kale, ribs removed and roughly chopped
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth


Cook gnocchi according to package directions. 

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken sausages until browned. Remove from pan and set aside.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the same pan. Add garlic, white beans and gnocchi. Saute until beans and gnocchi are warmed through. (Keep an eye on the garlic. Do not let it burn. Turn down heat if needed.)

Add chicken sausage back into the pan. Then, add kale and chicken broth. Stir to thoroughly combine ingredients. Cover until kale wilts. Remove lid and allow excess moisture to evaporate. 

Serve. Top with parmesan cheese, if desired. 


  • *Can use cauliflower gnocchi in this recipe, if desired.
    *I used Alfresco chicken sausage.

Keywords: kale, chicken, chicken sausage, one pan, gnocchi, white beans, beans, dinner

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