Pesto Gnocchi with Sausage, Asparagus, and Mushrooms

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Pesto Gnocchi with Sausage, Asparagus, and Mushrooms is an easy meal packed with flavor and it’s on the table in 30 minutes!

Pesto Gnocchi with Sausage, Asparagus, and Mushrooms is an easy meal packed with flavor and it's on the table in 30 minutes! @FlavortheMoment

It’s September…it really is.  I needed to say that out loud (or type it out loud?) so I can really believe it.  Halloween and the holidays really are things we need to think about…it’s official.  

Since all of the kids are pretty much back in school now, we officially need more 30 minute meals too, which is where this Pesto Gnocchi with Sausage, Asparagus, and Mushrooms comes in.

I feel like I’ve been inundating all of you with pesto recipes, but I’ve discovered that you love it as much as I do.  My Pesto Chicken Kebabs were a big hit, right along with my Pesto Zoodles.  

I’m on the pesto train and I never want to get off — how about you??

Pesto Gnocchi with Sausage, Asparagus, and Mushrooms is an easy meal packed with flavor and it's on the table in 30 minutes! @FlavortheMoment

My husband and I are huge pesto lovers but the kids have been a little meh about it in the past.  That changed with this pesto gnocchi.  I’ve mentioned before that my kids aren’t big pasta fanatics, which makes me wonder if we’re really related.  

At any rate, I remembered that they liked gnocchi some time back and for whatever reason I never made it again.  I decided to revisit good old packaged gnocchi and give it a big dose of pesto sauce.  I had no idea if my boys would go for it but for gosh sakes they were going to try it.

I knew if I added sausage the odds of the kids eating it would go up a good 50%, and I tossed in some veggies that they actually like too.  I didn’t get one complaint out of this pesto gnocchi recipe, and they ate the leftovers the next day!  That’s a major win, which means I get to add another 30 minute meal to my dinner rotation. πŸ™‚

If your family doesn’t like sausage, you can easily swap it out with chicken, ground turkey, or even go meatless.  As for the veggies, anything goes!  This would be delicious with broccoli, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, or wilted kale or spinach.  I love all the options that come along with this dish.

Pesto Gnocchi with Sausage, Asparagus, and Mushrooms is an easy meal packed with flavor and it's on the table in 30 minutes! @FlavortheMoment

You can definitely get this meal made in 30 minutes without having the pesto sauce made in advance, but you’ll be scrambling a bit if you don’t make it often.  

I’ve written up this recipe to include pesto sauce that’s already been made, because your life will be so much smoother that way.  I love to make a batch a day or two in advance and even freeze it often to help myself out during the week.  There’s always store bought pesto sauce too if you’re in a bind.  

For pesto sauce inspiration, see my post on How to Make Pesto Sauce, Spinach Pesto and Basil Pesto Sauce recipes.

This Pesto Gnocchi with Sausage, Asparagus, and Mushrooms is a quick and easy meal that will be on the table in 30 minutes and it’s something the whole family will love!  Who can resist soft, fluffy pillows of gnocchi with flavorful pesto, salty sausage, and sauteed veggies?

Certainly not this girl. πŸ™‚

 

Pesto Gnocchi with Sausage, Asparagus, and Mushrooms is an easy meal packed with flavor and it's on the table in 30 minutes! @FlavortheMoment

More 30 minute recipes you’ll love:

Avgolemono chicken

Egg roll in a Bowl

One Pot Chicken Chow Mein by The Recipe Rebel

Pasta e fagioli

Skillet lasagna

Pesto Gnocchi with Sausage, Asparagus, and Mushrooms

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Pesto Gnocchi with Sausage, Asparagus, and Mushrooms is an easy meal packed with flavor and it's on the table in 30 minutes!

Pesto Gnocchi in skillet with wooden spoon

Ingredients

  • (2) 12 ounce packages gnocchi (I used DeLallo Gluten Free potato gnocchi)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. mild Italian chicken sausage, casings removed (or use your favorite!)
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
  • 3/4 lb. asparagus spears, tough ends removed and cut into 1" pieces
  • 1/4 cup - 6 tablespoons pesto sauce*
  • Freshly grated parmesan, for serving

Instructions

  1. Heat a pot of water for the gnocchi and cook according to package instructions. Drain well.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the sausage and break up with the back of a wooden spoon. Add the mushrooms and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the asparagus and cook 2 minutes longer or until the sausage is fully cooked. Turn the heat down to low and add the gnocchi and 1/4 cup of the pesto sauce, stirring gently to combine. Add up to 2 more tablespoons of pesto sauce until the gnocchi is coated well. Serve with grated parmesan and enjoy!

Notes

  • *This meal goes much quicker if the pesto sauce is made in advance! I love to make my Spinach Walnut Pesto or Lemon Pesto Sauce a day or 2 in advance or have some in the freezer for busy weeknights. You can also use store bought pesto if pressed for time!
  • This meal is customizable, so you can substitute the sausage with chicken, ground turkey, and any of your favorite veggies!
  • The gnocchi package states that 12 ounces serves 2 people, but we easily got 3-4 servings out of each package.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 291Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 462mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 19g

Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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