Gnocchi with Tomato, Sausage, and Basil Sauce

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This recipe is one of our favorite “go to” meals when we want something quick, easy, and as always…tasty.

I found this recipe in an issue of Light & Delish when I was in college, and I’ve been hooked ever sense. And luckily for me, Big Fisch loves it too. Let’s face it…it never seems worth the effort unless others in your household will eat it too.

All you need is a few ingredients:

1 jar marinara sauce (15/16 oz)

1 Tbsp. olive oil

8 oz spicy or sweet Italian sausage

1-2 Tbsp fresh chopped basil

16 oz gnocchi

Grated Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes for topping if so desired

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Directions:

1. In a small to medium saucepan, heat sauce over medium heat.

2. Meanwhile, add olive oil to a skillet over medium-high heat. While the pan in heating up, remove casting from sausage. Add sausage and cook, stirring frequently and crumbling with spoon until no longer pink. I like to let the sausage get nice and crispy.

3. After sauce has come to a simmer, turn heat to low and add in fresh basil. Stir and keep warm.

4. In a large pan, cook gnocchi according to package directions and drain.

5. Divide gnocchi into serving bowls and top with sauce and sausage. Top with cheese and red pepper flakes.

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And there you have it! Simple and easy.

Serves 4

According to Light & Delish, there are 379 calories per serving, 17 g protein, 59 g carbs, 8 g total fat, 5 g fiber, 41 mg cholesterol, 1.162 mg sodium.