Gnocchi with Hearty Meat Sauce Recipe

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When time’s at a premium, this hearty, full-flavored meat sauce, mellowed with a hint of wine, can make something special of quick, packaged gnocchi. Thanks to our Test Kitchen!
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) potato gnocchi
  • 1 package (19-1/2 ounces) Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 large green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 371 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 1022 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 22 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch 2 vegetable


  1. Cook gnocchi according to package directions. Meanwhile, crumble the sausage into a large nonstick skillet; add peppers. Cook over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and peppers are tender; drain.
  2. Add wine; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste and brown sugar; heat through. Drain gnocchi; serve with meat sauce. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: Look for potato gnocchi in the pasta, ethnic or frozen section of your grocery store.
Editor's Note: Look for potato gnocchi in the pasta or frozen foods section.
Originally published as Gnocchi with Hearty Meat Sauce in Light & Tasty February/March 2007, p32

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

"Delicious! We love gnocchi, and this meat sauce was excellent. It was a good, fast meal to whip up on a week night."

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