Creamy Pesto Gnocchi with Italian Sausage

  • Cook Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 30m
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  • 2 1 lb. boxes gnocchi (refrigerated, frozen or vacuum packed)
  • 1 pkg. Johnsonville(R) Sweet or Mild Italian Sausage links, decased
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lb. snap peas
  • 1 med. red bell pepper, 1/2 inch diced
  • 6-8 oz. pesto, (store bought or fresh made, 3/4 - 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup light cream (or half and half)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


Step 1

In a large pot, cook the gnocchi according to the package directions. Drain, rinse and return them to the pot.

Step 2

In a 12" skillet, heat oil over medium heat and saute the snap peas and red peppers until tender, about 4 minutes. Toss into the pot with the reserved cooked gnocchi. In the same skillet, cook and crumble Italian sausage until cooked through about 8-10 minutes. Transfer sausage to the pot with the vegetables and pasta.

Step 3

Over med-low heat, stir to combine the pasta, vegetables and sausage mixture. Add the pesto and light cream; toss gently to coat all the ingredients. Heat through and serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Step 4

Serves 6

Step 5

* Substitution, if you can't find gnocchi, try this easy pesto and cream sauce on any type of pasta. You can also use 3/4 cup of frozen peas in place of the snap peas.

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