{VIDEO} Slow Cooker/Instant Pot Gnocchi w/Sausage & Kale

  • Author: Fit SlowCooker Queen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 16 ounces ready-made or frozen gnocchi
  • 1 cup fresh kale, chopped
  • 28 ounces diced or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup low-sodium beef broth
  • 1/3 cup onion, diced OR 1 tbsp dried onion flakes.
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 12 garlic cloves, minced (depends on how much you like garlic)
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning (see blog post for homemade blend)
  • 1 tsp salt (more or less depending on your taste/diet)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


Slow Cooker

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage & cook until browned. Drain the excess grease before adding the sausage to the slow cooker.
  2. Add sausage and all the ingredients EXCEPT the gnocchi & kale to the slow cooker. Stir to mix well.
  3. Cook HIGH 2-4, LOW 4-6.
  4. Stir in gnocchi & kale and cook and additional 15-30 minutes or until gnocchi is done & kale is tender.

Instant Pot

  1. Set Instant Pot to the high saute setting. Once hot, add ground sausage, onion, & bell pepper and cook 3-5 minutes, crumbling the sausage as it cooks. Add garlic and cook an additional minute. Drain excess fat from the pressure cooker if needed.
  2. Pour in tomatoes & broth and deglaze the bottom of the pressure cooker by scraping all the bits off with a wooden spoon.
  3. Stir in gnocchi, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper.
  4. Close and seal vent. Select manual setting and set time for 4 minutes. When done, natural release pressure for 10 minutes, then quick release remaining pressure.
  5. Stir in kale and let cook on the warm setting for 5-7 minutes OR an also turn off the pressure cooker and close the lid to cook the kale.