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This is a simple, one skillet gnocchi dish prepared with sweet Italian sausage, sage, spinach and butternut squash.

Savory Butternut Squash, Sweet Sausage, Sage Gnocchi

This one-skillet dish brings together the sweetness of the butternut squash and the savory, rich flavors of sweet Italian sausage with buttery, crispy sage; fresh, leafy spinach; and fluffy little pillows of gnocchi. It's Italian comfort food at it's finest and a breeze to make!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 People


  • Skillet


  • 1 Butternut Squash (1 1/2 lbs)
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 6 links Niman Ranch Sweet Italian Sausage
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 16 leaves Fresh Sage
  • 1 bag Fresh Spinach
  • 4 cloves Garlic, crushed
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 pinch Nutmeg
  • 1 cup White Wine
  • 1 1/2 cups Chicken Stock Can use more if you want it more soupy
  • 1 1/2 lbs Gnocchi I used a store bought one
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano


  • Preheat the oven to 475°F. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil for the gnocchi.
  • Preheat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high.
  • Cut the neck off the squash; peel and cut into 1- to 1 1/2-inch cubes.
  • Add the olive oil to the skillet and heat up the sausage, stirring occasionally and breaking it up into bite-size pieces, until browned. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage to a bowl.
  • Add the butter to the skillet and melt then add the sage; fry until crispy and the butter browns, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sage to a paper towel.
  • Add the garlic to the skillet; stir until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Add the squash; season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  • Add the wine and cook, stirring often, until reduced a bit, about 1 minute.
  • Add 1 1/2 to 2 cups stock, depending on how saucy you want the dish to be, and bring to a bubble.
  • Add the sausage then transfer skillet to the oven. Roast until the squash is tender, 12-15 minutes.
  • Toss in a bag of spinach during the last minute the dish is in the oven.
  • Add the gnocchi to the salted boiling water and cook until they float to the surface, about 3 minutes.
  • Drain and toss with the squash and sausage sauce; season. Top with the sage leaves. Serve with the grated cheese.


Inspired by Rachel Ray's butternut squash, sausage and sage gnocchi recipe.
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Keyword 30 Minute Meal, Easy Meal, Gnocchi, Italian Food, Italian Sausage, One-Skillet Meal, Pasta