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Gnocchi with Sausage Meatballs
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Gnocchi with Sausage Meatballs

Gnocchi with Sausage Meatballs


  • 1/2 pound spicy Italian sausage
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into small strips
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 14 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 pound gnocchi
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces mozzarella, grated
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil
  2. Heat oil in a medium size oven proof pan
  3. Roll sausage into 16 small meatballs and add to oil
  4. Turning gently, let them start to brown - about 3 minutes
  5. Add the peppers and onions, cook another few minutes until beginning to soften
  6. Add the garlic and when fragrant, stir in tomato paste - mix through
  7. Pour in the tomatoes, and stir well to mix
  8. Put the gnocchi in the pot of boiling water
  9. While the gnocchi cook, add the paprika, salt & pepper and mozzarella to the pan
  10. Stir well to mix, and when the gnocchi float add them as well and combine everything beautifully
  11. Top with parmesan and put under the broiler a couple minutes to melt
  12. Serve