Creamy and dreamy Italian food is my love language. I promise this gnocchi and sausage with blush sauce will win your heart over!
I always usually order one of two things when I go out to an Italian restaurant: Eggplant Parmesan or a good gnocchi dish. Gnocchi is truly one of the best ingredients and bases to so many meals. It is incredibly versatile and can be used in so many ways! I highly recommend you check out my Pesto Gnocchi Skillet with Chicken Sausage.
I go over my normal process of cooking gnocchi in my other recipe post, but this one is a little different. In this recipe, I did cook the gnocchi according to the package, which most of the time has you boil the water and cook the gnocchi until it floats. It’s okay to leave it like this, but sometimes I find gnocchi to be too sticky. I recommend after boiling to then toss it in a pan with some oil to give it some crust.
This dish is made with a blush sauce, which is a term for creamy tomato sauce. In this recipe I use heavy cream, tomato paste, and fire roasted tomatoes as the sauce base. Throw in lots of garlic and spices and BOOM, delicious sauce!
I use fire roasted tomatoes in this recipe but if you can’t find those in the store, regular canned tomatoes works just fine! The roasted just adds a little bit of a smoky flavor to the dish.
I’ve also used fresh basil in this recipe because my basil plant is growing faster than I could use it, but also because fresh basil has an unbeatable flavor. If you can’t use fresh basil leaves, you can sub them for dried, but it may not have the same exact taste.
Gnocchi and Sausage with Blush Sauce
- 1 package potato gnocchi
- 1 Tbsp avocado oil
- ½ lb sausage crumbled
- ½ tsp Italian seasoning
- ½ tsp + ½ Tbsp oregano
- ¼ tsp dried basil
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1 Tbsp tomato paste
- 14 oz can Fire Roasted tomatoes drained and chopped
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese
- 2 sprigs fresh basil chopped small
- ½ tsp salt
- Pepper to taste
- Cook gnocchi according to package and set aside
- Crumble sausage and season with italian seasoning, ½ tsp oregano, and ¼ tsp dried basil
- Heat avocado oil in skillet and cook sausage, then set aside
- In the same skillet, heat minced garlic for about 1-2 minutes, then whisk together remaining ingredients until sauce has thickened
- When sauce is at desired consistency, add in sausage and gnocchi, combining gently
- Split between two bowls and top off with some shredded parmesan
Let me know below if you tried this gnocchi and sausage with blush sauce recipe. Comment below what other pasta related dishes you’d like to see!