Sunday, February 20, 2011

Gnocchi with Italian Sausage in Roasted Pepper Alfredo

This is my answer to an easy Italian feast in less than 30 minutes. Bold flavors of succulent gnocchi, sweet Italian sausage, and creamy alfredo with a burst of roasted red pepper will make anyone think you've slaved over a meal than took you only minutes to make. Here's how:

8 oz. store-bought potato gnocchi ($.50)
1 T. olive oil ($.10)
2 links Italian sausage, mild ($.50)
1 small onion, julienned ($.05)
1 clove garlic, crushed ($.05)
2 tsp. basil ($.05)
16 oz. jar Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo ($1.50)

Cook gnocchi according to package directions.

Boil (covered) Italian sausage for 10 minutes in a medium fry pan, drain and slice sausage into thick medallions. Add sausage back to pan over medium heat. Add olive oil, garlic, and onion - cook until onion has caramelized and sausage is cooked through and is no longer pink.

Once gnocchi are cooked through, add them to the pan. Toss well and add 2 C. alfredo sauce. Heat through over medium-low heat - about 5-7 minutes.
Garnish with basil before serving.

Serve with spring blend salad and garlic bread.

Yields: 3 servings
Cost: $2.75
Cost per serving: $.92

Tip: Many forms of chicken sausage on the market would work well in this dish instead of traditional Italian sausage.


  1. Hi Annie, although I am now a vegetarian there was a time when I would have come back for seconds on this recipe. Thanks for sharing it :)

  2. You can easily drop the sausage from the recipe. I can't wait to try a variation with caramelized onions and sauteed mushrooms stirred in.