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bowl of sausage and gnocchi soup

Creamy Sausage and Gnocchi Soup

  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 28 minutes
  • Cook Time: 32 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 10 cups 1x


Creamy sausage and gnocchi soup is a low carb Italian recipe that’s similar to its Olive Garden cousin.  This healthy comfort food for families is easy to throw together for a simple weeknight meal, and would make a delicious addition to a fall party menu for a crowd.  Either way, it’s sure to please both young and old.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion, chopped (130g)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage (453g)
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth (1.4 liters)
  • 1/4 cup diced pimentos (52g)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1  teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound gnocchi (453g)
  • 4 cups fresh kale, chopped (53g)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream (236 ml)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (30g)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced


  1. Brown the sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring frequently.  It should take about 6 minutes.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven, then add the chopped onion and saute for 6 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about one or two minutes.
  3. Add the cooked sausage to the sauteed onion.  Stir in the chicken broth, pimentos, bay leaves, thyme, salt, and pepper.  Cover, bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the gnocchi and cook until it floats, about 3 minutes.
  5. Stir in the kale and cook until it is wilted, about 2 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in the cream.  Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh parsley and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.


  • For one pot cooking, cook the sausage first for 3 minutes, then add the onions.
  • Drain the sausage in a colander, pat with paper towel, and skim off excess fat near the end of cooking for a creamy colored soup.
  • Make a roux after cooking the sausage and veggies if you want a thicker soup.
  • Leave out the cream if you plan on freezing it.  When ready to use thaw in the fridge, then add the cream after reheating.
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: kale, Olive Garden