Creamy Italian Sausage, Gnocchi & Kale

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. hot Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 6 oz. kale, chopped
  • 16 oz. potato gnocchi
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, finely shredded

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, over medium heat, cook and break apart sausage until cooked through (about 6 minutes). 
  2. Drain sausage and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels.
  3. Over medium heat, in the same pan, add onions and sauté about 4 minutes, or until translucent.
  4. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. 
  5. Stir in chicken broth, milk, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a simmer. 
  6. Add in kale, cover skillet and let steam until wilted (about 2 minutes).
  7. Stir in gnocchi and season with pepper. Cover and cook until tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 5 minutes.
  8. Add cream, parmesan and cooked sausage. Serve warm with additional parmesan.

Thanks to the original recipe found here.

Lasagne Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 lb hot sausage, ground
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 32 oz container chicken broth
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 6 whole-wheat lasagna noodles, broken into small pieces
  • 6 teaspoons dried basil
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, add the sausage, onion, bell pepper and garlic. Stir occasionally, until the sausage is crumbled and browned, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add the broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, salt and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil. 
  3. Reduce the heat and simmer covered, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes. 
  4. Add the noodles and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring to break up the noodles for 10-12 minutes. Check to make sure noodles are cooked.
  5. Remove from the heat. Stir in mozzarella, basil, and Parmesan.

Serve With

Italian Salad and/or Garlic Bread

Thanks to the original recipe found here.

The Story Behind the Recipe

There are a lot of things I could say about this recipe, but mainly I would like to share that it is a hit with everyone. When I was watching my calories and still craving Italian food, this was one of my favorite dishes. I still make this recipe at least twice a month in the cooler months because it is quick and warms the soul.

During a period of time when my husband and I were transitioning out of the military, we stayed with my family. I made this meal for them and it became a family favorite. My father requested it often and my younger sister asked me to teach her how to make it.

Feel free to add your own spin to the recipe or make it as is and hopefully it will become a family staple.