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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
5 from 113 votes

Sausage and Gnocchi Soup

A Italian inspired hearty soup filled with sausage, gnocchi, and vegetables.
Prep Time15 minutes
Active Time20 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: gnocchi, sausage, sausage and gnocchi soup
Yield: 10 cups
Author: Star @ the skinny-ish dish


  • 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 

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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!

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