Six-ingredient sausage-gnocchi soup by Mama Steph

Gnocchi (Sources: JaBB on Flickr Creative Commons)
Gnocchi (Sources: JaBB on Flickr Creative Commons)

This is one super-fast soup, y'all.  It's inexpensive, too! Perfect when you want something different on the table (please, not spaghetti again, mom!), something that wasn't purchased at a fast food joint, but something that actually is fast and fun to make.

Mama Steph's six-ingredient sausage-gnocchi soup


8 oz. bulk hot Italian sausage (or if bulk isn't available, buy links and remove sausage from casings; if hot isn't available, just add your own red pepper flakes)

16 oz. package vacuum-packed potato gnocchi (found with the dried pasta in the grocery store)

1 can (15 oz.) beef broth

1 can (15oz) Italian stewed (or diced) tomatoes

Fresh spinach - optional (as much as you want; it cooks down greatly, so a big 10 oz. pkg is perfect)

3 oz. grated Parmesan cheese

about 2 cups water


In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, brown crumbled sausage over medium - high heat, breaking up with spoon or spatula.

When completely browned, add water, broth, and tomatoes. Stir. Bring to a boil while stirring, and turn down so soup is just simmering, not a full boil.Add the gnocchi. Allow to simmer for 3-5 minutes; the gnocchi will float to the top when ready at that time.

Ladle into bowls and top with Parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper, if desired.

Serve with salad and garlic bread.

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