SEEDifferently: Spinach & Sausage Gnocchi

Through our SEEDifferentlyâ„¢ initiative, we hope to inspire communities to grow their own food and see the untapped potential in all spaces. You can use spinach grown at home to prepare this comforting winter meal!

Serves 4 | Prep and cook time: 45 min.


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 links hot Italian turkey sausage (about 6 1/2 ounces), casings removed
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 12-ounce bag spinach, stemmed
  • 1 16-ounce package shelf-stable gnocchi
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced fresh mozzarella cheese


  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large broiler-safe skillet over medium heat.
  • Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low; continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and very tender, about 10 minutes more.
  • Increase heat to medium and add sausage, garlic and pepper. Cook, breaking up the sausage with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add water and cook, stirring up any browned bits, until the water has evaporated, about 1 minute.
  • Add spinach a handful at a time and cook, stirring, until wilted, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler to high.
  • Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add gnocchi and cook, stirring often, until plumped and starting to brown, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir the gnocchi into the spinach mixture. Top with mozzarella. Broil until the cheese starts to brown, 3 to 5 minutes.

Serving size: About 1 1/4 cups
Calories: 418
Fat: 15g
Carbohydrate: 52g
Protein: 21g
Cholesterol: 46 mg
Added sugar: 0g
Fiber: 3g
Sodium: 792mg

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Learn more about growing your own food through the SEEDifferentlyâ„¢ initiative. Contact Ashley Gramatges by email at