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Sausage and Gnocchi Soup

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Sausage Gnocchi Soup is a warm and hearty soup with Italian flavor that can be made quickly on a weeknight. This has become one of our go-to soups in the winter! A great soup for meal prep because it reheats even better the next day.

sausage ang gnocchi soup topped with croutons, parmesan cheese, and parsley

Soup season is my favorite season because so many different ingredients can be made into soup! The flavor is just outstanding. I love that this Sausage Gnocchi Soup is not only full of flavor, but I’ve packed it full of tons of vegetables like carrots, zucchini, onions, and even some spinach! This soup is a total winner in our house. We love eating it next to a big salad or hot oven sandwich for dinner.

sausage and gnocchi soup

How to make Sausage and Gnocchi Soup:

spinach, carrots, zucchini, onion, garlic

You’ll need these ingredients:

  1. Chopped vegetables – I love the combination of carrots, celery, onion, and garlic in a soup like this. If you have some celery or sweet peppers that need to be used. Throw’m in there! That’s the beauty of soup!
  2. Better than Bouillon – You can find this in any grocery store! It’s located by the broth/bouillon cubes. It’s my secret ingredient in a lot things. Instant flavor boost and it makes a delicious broth or gravy too!
  3. Baby spinach- This may be a personal preference, but I remove the stems. I cannot stand chomping on a stem in a soup. Salad is okay, but not soup. Not a spinach person? Try kale!
  4. Can’a diced tomatoes
  5. Can’a chicken or vegetable broth (low sodium if ya got it)
chopped onions, carrots, raw sausage, and uncooked  gnocchi

You’ll also need a 16 oz package of gnocchi and 16 ounces of Italian Turkey (or chicken) sausage. You can use pork sausage too, but be sure to adjust ww points/calories if thats your thing because pork sausage tends to be a bit more fatty.

pot full of sausage, onion, and carrots

Add sausage to a large pot and break apart with spatula then add carrots and onions. Sprinkle in about a half teaspoon of kosher salt and cook together until sausage is cooked and the onions and carrots are softened.

large pot with sausage, carrots, onions, and zucchini

Throw in chopped zucchini to pot. Cook until it’s a lil softer for a few minutes then add minced garlic and cook until garlic is fragrant (about 30 seconds).

large pot with tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and italian seasoning

Stir in 1 can of low sodium chicken broth, three and a half cups of water, two teaspoons Italian seasoning, 1 tbsp better than bouillon, and 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional, but it adds such a nice hint of spice!). Bring to a boil then simmer for about 5 minutes.

large pot with gnocchi

Add gnocchi and cook until they are floating. It should take about another 5 minutes. This Sausage and Gnocchi soup really is so simple, but the flavor is crazy good. Eric has deemed this his favorite soup (this will change).

lots of bady spinach in soup

Add 2-3 heaping cup fulls of spinach (remove those pesky stems if you have the extra time and hate them as much as I do)! You can also use kale.

Kale is actually a delicious addition to this soup, but my grocery order didn’t want to give me kale last week. I don’t know who in the world is buying all the kale in December, but it was out of stock. Haha!

spinach and gnocchi

Stir it in a let it wilt just enough.

spoonful of sausage and gnocchi soup

All done, folks.

sausage ang gnocchi soup topped with croutons, parmesan cheese, and parsley

We enjoy this soup next to a big Italian inspired salad or hot oven sandwich. Top it off with a few croutons for crunch and parmesan for extra flavor!

Happy cooking and please don’t forget to comment and rate this soup when you give it a try. I really appreciate when y’all take the time to do that!

with love from my kitchen to yours, Star

Sausage and Gnocchi Soup

A Italian inspired hearty soup filled with sausage, gnocchi, and vegetables.
Print Recipe
sausage and gnocchi soup
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:20 mins


  • 1 lb turkey or chicken Italian sausage (casings removed)
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 large diced onion
  • 2 medium zucchini (about 2 cups sliced and quartered)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic (about 3-5 cloves)
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 1 14.4 oz can low sodium chicken broth
  • cups water
  • 1 tbsp better than bouillon (roasted chicken or vegetable flavor)
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper (optional, but adds nice spice!)
  • 1 16 oz package of gnocchi
  • 3-4 heaping cups of fresh spinach or chopped kale (i prefer stems removed on spinach, but its up to you)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt & pepper (plus more to taste)
  • cooking spray (i prefer avocado oil cooking spray)


  • 1. In a large pot or dutch oven heat over medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray. Add sausage and break apart with spatula then add in carrots and onions season with salt and pepper. Cook until sausage is cooked and vegetables are softened. Add in zucchini and cook for a few more minutes then add minced garlic and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
  • Add in water, chicken broth, diced tomatoes, better than bouillon, Italian seasoning, and crushed red pepper flakes if using. Bring to a boil then simmer for about 5 minutes. Add Gnocchi and let them cook until they float to the top stir in spinach and salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with fresh parmesan if desired, serve hot, and enjoy!


Makes 10 cups of soup. 
Serving size: 1-2 cups
*I like to have one cup if I’m eating it with an oven sandwich or a big salad or two cups if I am having it as a whole meal. 
WeightWatchers Points: 4 Points (per cup)
Per 1 cup: 200 calories, 5.5g fat, 1g saturated fat, 26g carbohydrates, 2g fiber, 2.7g sugar (0g added sugar, 0g sugar alcohol), 12g protein 
Servings: 10 cups
Author: Star @ the skinny-ish dish
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  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely amazing!!! On constant rotation in our house. My husband loves it as much as I do!!!

  2. 5 stars
    Big fan of this recipe (and my family likes it, too!) Couple of things I do differently, after making this a few times and tweaking to our tastes: I find a 12oz package of gnocchi is sufficient for us, so I reduce the water from 3.5 to 2.5 cups as a result of needing less liquid for the gnocchi (but keep that better than bouillon amount the same – that stuff is flavor magic!) and the sweet Italian turkey sausage I buy comes in a 20oz package so I use all of it. I also add a squeeze of tomato paste while cooking the veggies, and 1/4 cup of half & half at the end, for a little creaminess. It’s really great reheated, too!

  3. 5 stars
    Has anyone tried subbing out the gnocchi for beans? Thinking of trying this with cannellini beans instead! I did make it with gnocchi and it was delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve made this several times. It’s soooo yummy!!! Perfect for those cold Indiana winter days.

  5. I wonder if you could sub in cauliflower gnocchi if you sautéed or air fried it first, or would it wind up getting mushy.

    1. I haven’t tried it personally, but I’ve had a few people say they’ve done that and really loved it!

  6. 5 stars
    One of my very favorite soups!! I have been making almost weekly. Yummy comfort food!! Thanks again Star, this is another winner!!!!!

  7. 5 stars
    One of my favorite soups. I find this in my rotation every few weeks… even in the summer!

  8. 5 stars
    Love, love, love.
    Made it for the family and even the kiddos enjoyed it! Definitely a keeper.

  9. 5 stars
    This is divine. I do sub carrots for the zucchini, because I don’t like zucchini in soups. I’m weird like that. I made this for a sick friend and her family loved it! #top21

    1. Yikes!! So tasty!! I know it’s summer but it just liked so good going through recipes!! I did not have Italian chicken sausage but I did have Trader Joe’s jalapeño chicken sausage!! My husband loved it but it came out a bit too spicy for me, although I still ate it!! Next time, I will use the right sausage or leave out the crushed red pepper!!! Your recipes are the best!!

  10. 5 stars
    We need to get the word out about this recipe so it make it to the Top 25 of 2022! Make it this weekend, you won’t regret it!


  11. I made this soup for company and you can’t even tell that its a healthier option. It’s so full of flavor, and I was able to have the leftovers for lunch all week. #top2021

  12. Made this tonight and posted on social media- within an hour I’ve already shared the recipe a few times! We’ve made this twice in a week already!

  13. 5 stars
    Made this last night and LOVED it. We used Lacinato/dino kale because I had it on hand and subbed crushed tomatoes for diced because that’s my preference, ha ha ha. Amazing! Served with grated parm and a dollop of pesto and I was in heaven. So fast and easy, and way more flavor than the quick cook time would suggest. Can’t wait for leftovers tonight!

  14. 5 stars
    This was my very first Skinnyish recipe and it is now part of our soup arsenal. The veggies bring such gorgeous color and I love the occasional soft cush of the gnocchi. My husband loved it too. The kids will get used to it, lol! I’m excited to try your other recipes. Thank you, thank you!

  15. 5 stars
    DELICIOUS! Quick, easy & the perfect bowl of comfort on this cold, wet Spring day.
    Don’t change a thing…it’s amazing.
    Thank you Star!

  16. 5 stars
    Ever since I saw this post on your Instagram, I know I wanted to try making it. I did a new year new me detox/cleanse and this was the first meal I ate after all of that and I was so excited to try it. I shared with my coworkers and they all said it was so delicious. I can’t wait until the weather gets a little bit colder here in always sunny California so I can make this soup again! Thank you @theskinnyishdish!
    From @_applejax1129

  17. 5 stars
    The best soup recipe ever!!! Perfect for this months marathon of snow shoveling!!! Thanks. Made me a rockstar in my house.

  18. 5 stars
    This was quick to make and a very flavorful meal. My very picky teen daughter, who often will not touch anything with what she considers “weird” ingredients, took a spoonful and after tasting a spoonful, ate two bowls of this. She said, “This is fancy, like restaurant soup!” All I know is that it was inexpensive and easy to make, and was super tasty. Thanks! @crazycraintrain

  19. 5 stars
    This is amazing!! The whole family raves about it. I’ve made it at least 3 times and already can’t wait for the next! – @gill.campbell

  20. 5 stars
    This is hands down my favorite soup. It is so flavorful and comforting. Soooo good these past few weeks during this cold snap! Thanks for the warmth 🙂

  21. 5 stars
    I made this the other night, super yummy and I love the gnocchi in here <3


  22. 5 stars
    Best recipe ever!!!!!! First time having gnocchi and this is now a winter staple in my household. I make it on Sunday nights and eat all week if it last’s that long 🙂

  23. 5 stars
    Delicious! Made it as recipe states(except I used gluten free gnocchi), it was fantastic! The whole family loved it, it was my children’s first time having gnocchi. It had great flavor, filling and I felt good getting all these veggies in my family! Definitely will be making this severs more times! Thanks Star!!

  24. This recipe is one of my fave cold weather recipes. It’s packed with vegetables and when you’re craving “fresh”, this is it! The gnocchi beefs up the recipe and makes it both filling and satisfying!


  25. 5 stars
    I made this and we absolutely loved it! I had the gnocchi, in my cabinet, for awhile and when I saw this recipe I knew I had to make it!! I will definitely make again!! Someone had asked if it would freeze well. I did and the gnocchi didn’t get mushy! Thank you for all your wonderful, creative recipes!!

  26. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious! My favorite recipe so far. Easy to make and filled with flavor. Doesn’t taste skinnyish to me. Will definitely be making this again.

  27. 5 stars
    This. Recipe. Is. AMAZING!

    I just made this last night, for maybe the 4-5th time since you posted it. We’re about to get hit with a big snowstorm (again), and there is nothing better than letting the snow fly outside whilst inside with a big, hot bowl of this deliciousness.

    Plus, it just gets better the longer it sits in the fridge!

  28. 5 stars
    This is my 4th time making this, my husband says this is in the top two of all the food I make!

  29. 5 stars
    I finally tried this recipe and now I know what all the fuss was about – it is out of this world! Thanks for all the great recipes Star!

  30. 5 stars
    Oh my YUM! I made this today and everyone loved it! My husband brought home the wrong gnocchi (it was all he could find) but it was cauliflower & spinach gnocchi in a bag in the freezer section. I cooked that separately and added at the end. I was worried about the gnocchi but honestly, it was delish ! I didn’t have sausage in the casing but I did have a box of chicken sausage links with Gouda that I sliced up and used. This is a keeper of a recipe. I feel like you could try all kinds of different meats and or pastas with this. Thanks!

  31. 5 stars
    This is incredibly flavorful and filling! Even my fiance said he doesn’t typically like non-cream based soups, but even he loved it! I followed as directed, including the red pepper flakes. I think mine took a bit longer to cook because I wanted to ensure my carrots were well-done, but it was still ready in under an hour. When I entered it into the WW app it did say it would be 5 pts on purple, but I think that’s due to the chicken sausage – there wasn’t a great way to track that without the casings, so I just lowered the quantity in the app until it read 4 pts haha This will definitely be a staple in our home moving forward!

  32. 5 stars
    I made this with ground turkey and used salt, pepper and garlic powder, to season the turkey. I made it with kale too, didn’t have gnocchi but otherwise followed recipe as listed. This was delicious and I always enjoy your recipes!!

    1. So happy you enjoyed, Darlene! Thanks so much for stopping back by to let me know how it went for ya!

  33. 5 stars
    I have made this twice now, and it is so, so good! I use frozen zucchini from last summer’s garden, and YUM! It comes together super quick and is very filling! Delicious!

    1. What’s up with the Kale shortage?!

      Will this freeze well? I made a batch tonight and would like to freeze it for next weeks lunches

  34. 5 stars
    This soup is just SO DANG GOOD! It’s super filling and full of flavor. I used hot Italian turkey sausage which gave it a nice kick. I threw in some celery I had that was about to go bad — about two stalks. The parm on top is a must! Thank you for this recipe!

  35. 5 stars
    Made this last night, soo good! The gnocchi add such a soft pillow of comfort. And kid approved!!

  36. 5 stars
    This recipe is maybe one of my favorites you have ever made (and that’s saying a lot because I love them all). The flavor on this soup is amazing! It’s an absolute must try. The second time I made it, my store was out of turkey sausage, but I just added some additional seasonings to flavor ground turkey and it turned out just as great. Thank you!!

  37. 5 stars
    This soup is amazing! I couldn’t find turkey sausage, so I substituted white beans. Delicious!

  38. 5 stars
    I made this soup tonight and it’s amazing!!! So easy but so hearty and tasty! Everyone in my family loved it! It’s definitely going to be one we make again and again ♥️

  39. 5 stars
    Omg WOW!! Is all I have to say! This was incredible, I made this for dinner tonight and I already can’t wait for the leftovers. So easy, flavorful, and did I say EASY! Love a one pot recipe. I’ll be making this every Sunday from now on!

  40. 5 stars
    This is fantastic! We’ve made it twice now and finished off every drop of soup (not something that happens very often in our house)! I wouldn’t change a thing.

  41. 5 stars
    This is my new favorite soup recipe! So easy and flavorful. I measured out a cup to eat just after making it and went back for a second round. Thank you!

  42. 5 stars
    Made this tonight for the first time and it was DELICIOUS!! So many veggies, rich broth and yummy gnocchi. You never let me down!! Thank you for another outstanding recipe. ❤️

  43. 5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was fabulous! Love a good soup and this hit the spot not to mention it was easy and quick.

  44. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh this is so delicious!! So many flavors, so many veggies! And you can’t go wrong with sausage and gnocci! I LOVE soup especially in the cold winter months but my husband doesn’t think of it as a meal, doesn’t think it’s an “entree”. Well this might have been the one to change his mind! He even ate it the next day for lunch which is practically unheard of. We will definitely be adding this to the regular rotation. And lots of leftovers, yay for me at lunch!!

  45. 5 stars
    Star, I’ve never left a review or comment on a recipe before but I felt I needed to tell you how delicious this was. So flavorful and filling! Thank you for a truly excellent recipe.

    1. Hey Meg, Thanks so much for deciding to do it today. I truly appreciate the review and comment. Glad you enjoyed!

  46. 5 stars
    A fellow influencer posted your recipe today and I had to try it for dinner. My 16yr old daughter and I had a sweet time preparing this together. It was so yummy and flavorful, and second helpings were had by all!

  47. I made this with turkey hott sausage links. It has a nice KICK to it if you like spicy!! It seems to have made WAY more than 5 cups. I had one regular soup bowl filled, probably 2-3 cups. And we still have a full pot I think the servings may be off or I did something wrong? It’s very tasty. I’ll be portioning it out and freezing it for quick go to WW friendly meals!!

  48. 5 stars
    This was super yummy and easy to make! My picky husband had two servings!!! Thank you!

  49. 5 stars
    Delicious! Made this yesterday to have for lunch this week. Warm, comforting, and loaded with veggies!

  50. 5 stars
    Delicious! I used spinach. Next time I’ll try kale. So easy to make and the flavors are amazing. I’ll definitely be making this a lot.

  51. 5 stars
    Another AMAZING soup! I remember scrolling through Instagram the first time you posted this and showing the picture to my husband who said “you have to make that!!” Well I did, and it was a hit. I actually forgot the tomatoes and it was still great. I’m excited to make it again with all the right ingredients. Super easy to put together and felt healthy with all the veggies.

  52. 5 stars
    At first I was nervous about the sausage in the soup but we made it and everyone had seconds it was the best meal we have had in a while even my 18 month old who is super picky ate it, something new and delicious can’t wait to make it again.

  53. 5 stars
    Yum, will definitely be a regular rotation in my meal prep. Easy recipe with lots of flavor!

  54. 5 stars
    Made the soup this weekend, and omg its amazing! So flavorful, and a way to get my veggies in, since im so lazy with veggies! Will be a permanent fixture on the menu!

  55. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious! I shared some in a care package I made for a friend who had COVID, and she said it was the first thing that tasted good to her. She even asked for the recipe. It’s a winner, Star!

  56. 5 stars
    This soup is keeping us full, warm and nourished this winter. Super easy, super delicious!

  57. 5 stars
    Made this for lunches this week (didn’t have sausage so subbed beans)! absolutely delicious, warming and so filling! definitely keeping this in the soup rotation for winter!

  58. 5 stars
    This is absolutely amazing! I swap out the sausage for shredded chicken and it’s still awesome. This makes 3 dinners for my family of 3. One the night I make it, the next as leftovers and I freeze the rest for the following week. By far my favorite dish so far! Thank you! Xoxo

    1. Hi there. I was thinking the same thing I’m not a big sausage fan so I was thinking about swapping it out for either ground turkey or chicken like you said that obviously would change the points then right?

      1. It might change the points depending on the percentage of fat in the ground meat you choose

  59. 5 stars
    This was amazing! I look forward to more of your recipes. My son got upset when I made this. He tried it and rated it a “10” out of 10.

    1. THAT IS AMAZING. I secretly love when my lil one doesn’t want to try something, throws a fit, and then ends up loving it. Feels like a big win! haha

  60. 5 stars
    Loved this! I used kale and it was perfect. Very filling with a couple slices of fresh French bread for dinner. Thanks!

  61. 5 stars
    Great recipe! This went over so well though I had to omit a couple veggies because of picky eaters. Still turned out great and definitely become a regular.

  62. 5 stars
    This is just SO good! I have made it a couple of times since you posted it, and it is just amazing. It is the perfect soup to make on a chilly day!

  63. 5 stars
    Amazing!! Made this for the first time tonight, after recently finding/following your Instagram account. Hubby, kids, and I all devoured this!

    1. That’s awesome! So happy you found my instagram. Thanks so much for stopping here too to rate and let me know how it went!

      1. 5 stars
        Made this for the first time tonight – DELICIOUS!! I’ve never been a big fan of having soup as a main dish, but am realizing now I just hadn’t found the right soup yet! This was flavorful and hearty, while still feeling fresh and light. The two cup serving was perfect for dinner. Can’t wait to make it again.

  64. 5 stars
    Just made this tonight, and it is sooooooo good!! I agree with Laura who already posted, this is tied with White Chicken Chili as my a favorite recipe! Came together quickly, and is perfect for a cold winter night!!

    1. You could use whole wheat gnocchi if that’s lower points. Whole wheat gnocchi isn’t the easiest thing to find though, but if you can then that’s awesome! You could also use 99% fat free ground turkey/chicken breast and season it with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and italian seasoning. It doesn’t have as much of flavor as turkey/chicken sausage, but it does alright!

      1. If you have a Trader Joe’s close you could try swapping the gnocchi for their cauliflour gnocchi. It is delicious on its own so I bet it would work in this recipe too!

      2. 5 stars
        I’ve never been much of a believe in soup for dinner (as the main dish) but realize now I’d just never had the right soup! This one is packed with flavor and is fresh and light while also being hearty enough to be the perfect meal. Also appreciated that the leftovers the next day were somehow just as tasty as the first servings the night before. This is definitely becoming a common repeat in our meal rotation!

  65. 5 stars
    This was amazing!! My hubs and son ate it after work and killed about 3/4 of what was left. 7 cups!!! Make it! So yummy, warm and delicious.

  66. 5 stars
    I made this soup tonight and it’s incredible and so easy!!! Will definitely be making this again! Thanks for another great recipe!

      1. Hi Claire! In my experience, I’ve always found gnocchi in a package with the dry pastas. They do make frozen gnocchi but not a lot of stores carry it (at least in my neck of the woods).

  67. 5 stars
    I made this last night and it was amazing. I used half chicken and half pork because I had a few links of each. We served it with a slice of garlic bread and everyone loved it. Thanks for sharing your great recipes!

  68. 5 stars
    This was great! I forgot zucchini and didn’t have a sub, but it was still chocked full of veggies. I used fire roasted diced tomatoes. Husband said it was his new favorite soup!

  69. 5 stars
    This is now my tied for first favorite recipe you have shared (with the white chicken chili ).
    Thank you so much for posting. Absolutely delicious!

  70. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! My family and I ate it up last night. And so easy! I have not been able to find any of the Turkey Italian Sausage links since the Spring but used precooked, Chicken Italian Sausage links cut up pretty small and it worked out. Make this recipe today people! 🙂

    1. Thank you for letting me know, Peggy! That’s a great tip for others who might not be able to find it too. So happy you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by to rate and comment. =)

  71. 5 stars
    I couldn’t believe how good this was!!! Especially with all the veggies. We added a green pepper because we had to use it/‘thank you!

    1. Hey Jill! You know, I almost made the trip to Trader Joe’s just to grab a bag to test this out because I knew I would get this question. The short answer, I don’t know. Long answer: I haven’t had the cauliflower gnocchi in so long now (we don’t live super close to Trader Joes) and I just can’t remember what it tastes like and the texture. I feel like it should be fine, but I personally would cook it separately and add it in if I were trying it out!

    2. 5 stars
      This soup is amazing! I added a little extra tomato and used kale. It is quick and delicious!!

  72. What is the purpose of adding both chicken broth and better than bouillon chicken flavor plus water?

    1. You can do just water & better than bouillon if you want, but be sure to get the same amount of liquid. Hope you enjoy!

    2. 5 stars
      Oh my deliciousness!!! If you haven’t made this yet, what the heck are you waiting for?? A family favorite , it won’t disappoint!!

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