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Crispy Gnocchi with Sausage Meatballs

Here I'll show you a simple way to make crispy pan fried gnocchi. Paired with a sausage meatball ragu, this truly is the perfect comfort food dinner! Serves two, perfect with a side of garlic bread for a date night dinner.
Prep Time10 mins
35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Date Night, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2
Calories: 1316kcal
Cost: £5 / $6


  • Large Pot & Colander (boiling gnocchi)
  • 12" Skillet & Wooden Spoon
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board


  • 14oz / 400g Gnocchi
  • 14oz / 400g Chopped Plum Tomatoes (see notes)
  • 6 Pork Sausages (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup / 60ml Red Wine
  • 1/4 cup / 20g Freshly Grated Parmesan, plus extra to serve
  • 2 small cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 small White Onion, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Puree (Tomato Paste in US)
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil, or as needed
  • 1 sprig each: Rosemary, Basil
  • few Sage Leaves
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste


  • Squeeze out the meat from the sausage skins & roll 5-6 mini meatballs from each sausage. Place to one side.
  • Pop your gnocchi in salted boiling for 2mins until they’re just about cooked through & the water is completely cloudy. As soon as the first piece of gnocchi floats to the top, drain in a colander.
  • Melt butter in a pan over medium heat with a few sage leaves & add your gnocchi. Fry until crispy, shaking frequently. Season with salt & pepper then remove from pan.
  • Fry meatballs in olive oil until evenly browned. Push to the outside of the pan & add your onion. Fry until soft and beginning to brown, then add your garlic & fry for a minute longer.
  • Stir in tomato puree, then deglaze with the red wine. Simmer for a few mins to reduce down, then pour in tomatoes. Add a sprig of basil & rosemary, season with salt & pepper, then allow to simmer for 8-12mins. Once thickened, stir in your parmesan (add a splash of water if it thickens too much). Serve with crispy gnocchi & extra parmesan.



a) Crispy Gnocchi - If you can, I recommend making the gnocchi as the sauce simmers, just so it’s as hot and crispy as possible!
b) Tomatoes - Plum tomatoes give you a richer, sweeter flavour than chopped (usually). As such, I recommend buying a can of peeled plum tomatoes and chopping them in the can with a knife. Failing that, just grab a can of good quality chopped tomatoes.
c) Sausages - If you can find Italian style sausage then use them. If not, just good quality pork sausage will be great.
d) Garlic Bread - This dinner goes perfectly with a side of garlic bread!
e) Calories - based on 1 tbsp olive oil, no parmesan to top.


Calories: 1316kcal | Carbohydrates: 48.49g | Protein: 61.68g | Fat: 94.51g | Saturated Fat: 39.052g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7.727g | Monounsaturated Fat: 39.609g | Trans Fat: 0.113g | Cholesterol: 237mg | Sodium: 1264mg | Potassium: 1679mg | Fiber: 6.8g | Sugar: 9.05g | Vitamin A: 1719IU | Vitamin C: 35.4mg | Calcium: 287mg | Iron: 5.93mg