Gnocchi in the slow cooker? Of course! Gnocchi, sausage, and kale cook in a tomato sauce in this simple and hearty slow cooker recipe. Slow cooker comfort food at its finest.
As you can tell by the lack of pasta recipes on this blog, I don’t eat pasta too often. That’s because I tend to skew paleo, whole30, or even low-carb. I recently saw some gnocchi in the grocery store and on an impulse I bought it. I’ve made this three times in the last month; this impulse buy has turned into one of my favorite recipes.
Sausage – I used a generic brand of a mild Italian sausage. Get creative! You can use sliced smoked sausage, chorizo, or even ground meat. I browned my sausage in the skillet first because I wanted to drain the grease from the pan. This is a recommended but definitely not a necessary step.
If you don’t have or like kale then you can substitute spinach. I used dried onion flakes but you can use real onion. Dried onion flakes are my thing at the moment so you’ll see them in quite a few recipes coming up.
The gnocchi is added the last 30 minutes of cook time. I know it might not look like there’s enough sauce to properly cook the gnocchi when you first put everything in the slow cooker but trust me, it is.
I try to pat down the kale and gnocchi so they’re both as fully covered in sauce as they can be.Print
Slow Cooker Sausage, Gnocchi & Kale
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 4 hours
- Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
- Yield: 4
- 1 lb sausage, browned
- 10 ounces gnocchi, uncooked
- 1 cup kale, chopped
- 28 ounces diced tomatoes
- 1 small onion, diced OR 1 tbsp dried onion flakes.
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning (see blog post)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- Add all the ingredients EXCEPT the gnocchi and the kale to the slow cooker. Stir to mix well.
- Cook HIGH 2-4, LOW 4-6.
- Stir in gnocchi & kale and cook and additional 20-30 minutes.
Gnocchi cooks fast. You’re really just cooking the kale until it’s tender.
This is the first gnocchi recipe you’ll find here but I’m definitely feeling encouraged so who knows you might see more.
Need an Italian seasoning? Use this homemade one: