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Gnocchi with Kale and "Sausage" {Favorites}
with pear salad

Active: 35 minTotal: 35 min
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Several of y'all posted a photo of your gnocchi to our Facebook Group with rave reviews, so we had to bring it back again. This time, it's paired with a pear salad - pick your favorite type for a sweet and easy side salad. Our paleo and gluten-free versions use eggs instead of gnocchi if you want to switch it up this time around.


Gnocchi with Kale and "Sausage":
  • Ground meat - 1 lb ((I used ground beef but feel free to use anything))
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chili / pepper flakes - 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic - 2 cloves
  • Onions - 1, diced
  • Kale - 1 bunch, leaves / stems separated
  • Gnocchi - 1 lb ((If you can't find vacuum-packed gnocchi in pasta section, go for your favorite pasta shape.))
  • Olive oil - 2 Tbsp
  • Cooking oil - 1 Tbsp
  • Tomato paste - 1/3 cup
  • Lemon - 1/2, juice of
  • Parmesan (optional) - for serving
Pear Salad:
  • Balsamic vinegar - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Dijon mustard - 1 tsp
  • Olive oil - 3 Tbsp
  • Pears - 1, sliced
  • Mixed greens - 1/4 lb
  • Blue cheese or gorgonzola (optional) - 2 oz
  • Nuts of choice for salad - 1/4 cup

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Ground meat - Season ground meat with salt, fennel seeds, black pepper, and red chili flakes. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
  2. Garlic / Onions / Kale - Prep as directed. For kale, separate kale stems and leaves and chop stems into 1/2" (1.25 cm) pieces. (Can be done up 3 days ahead)


  1. Bring a saucepan of water to boil. Salt heavily (that water should taste like the ocean!) and add gnocchi. Cook according to package instructions. Drain, toss with 2 tbs. of olive oil, and set aside.
  2. Whisk together balsamic, mustard, and oil. Season to taste with salt & pepper. For more vinaigrette ideas, check out this video.
  3. Heat a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then garlic to heated oil. Once you can smell the garlic, add the kale stems and onions with a dash of salt. Saute until softened, ~3 minutes.
  4. Add in ground meat and tomato paste, breaking up with a wooden spoon. Brown meat, 5 to 7 minutes. If there's a lot of grease, drain from pan leaving just about 1 tbs. (15 ml)
  5. Add in kale leaves, as much as can fit into the pan. With each addition, add a pinch of salt. Saute until all the kale leaves are in the pan and wilted.
  6. Add gnocchi back into the pan, toss everything through, and finish with a squeeze of lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve warm with parmesan cheese.
  7. Slice pears. Toss vinaigrette together with greens, pears, blue cheese (if using), and nuts of choice. Serve with gnocchi.

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This meal has 33 reviews

This is really good. I used Italian sausage, so I didn't have to season the meat. It was a little bit sweet, but I think a little more parmesan would have balanced it well. I skipped the side salad. The main dish was enough.

By: Chelsea
Posted: Sep 14, 2017
Diet: Original

Delicious and very filling! I added some chopped portabella mushroom I had leftover and I would recommend it

By: Mya
Posted: Apr 28, 2017
Diet: Original

we skipped the salad very filling on its own

By: Annastacia
Posted: Mar 07, 2017
Diet: Vegetarian

Instant fave. Great way to use up random bits of ground meat from other meals and very quick and flavorful, I didn't even use the meat seasoning bc I had premade sausage. I used 1/4 lb beef and about 1/2 lb sweet Italian sausage, 1/2 lb (half a large bunch) of kale and 2 packages of fresh cappellaci (like ravioli), and these were the right amounts for 4 servings without too much sauce. (Second time around we used 1/2 lb sausage and 3/4 lb kale and it was just as tasty and seemed healthier!)

By: Danica
Posted: Dec 06, 2016
Diet: Original

SO good! The whole family really enjoyed it! I used sausage and it was great. The is a new family favorite.

By: Kimberley
Posted: Mar 18, 2016
Diet: Original

I did have fennel seed or Kale so I used oregano and spinach. Probably not the same intent for recipe but my hubby and toddler enjoyed thoroughly.

By: Jena
Posted: Dec 23, 2015
Diet: Original