Recipe | Gnocchi with Fennel, Kale, and Chicken Sausage

I am a big fan of simple one-pot meals. It cuts down dishes to a minimum and usually saves time during the prep and cooking process. It’s one of the reasons why I love making soups and stews during the winter months. Today, I am going to share a recipe for a quick, simple, but oh-so-delicious meal from the Dutch Oven that includes gnocchi, fennel (I am obsessed with it right now!), and (pre-cooked) chicken sausage. This dinner is light on the seasoning but big on flavor, and ready in about 30 minutes.

This recipe was inspired by and adapted from this original recipe and all ingredients were purchased at Trade Joe’s.


  • 2 fennel bulbs, very thinly sliced, keep fronds for garnish
  • 8 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 5 oz kale, shredded
  • 1 lb gnocchi
  • 4 chicken sausages (we use the pre-cooked chicken sausages from Trader Joe’s)
  • 3 Tbsps extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tsp red pepper flakes (or soffrito)


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a Dutch Oven over medium heat. Add the sliced fennel and stir well. Season with salt and cook for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally as the fennel softens and browns.
  2. Add the sliced mushrooms and carrots and the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the Dutch Oven with the fennel. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. Add the sliced chicken sausage and the gnocchi (no need to pre-cook) to a lightly greased skillet and fry until lightly browned.
  4. Meanwhile, add the kale to the Dutch Oven and stir in with the other vegetables.
  5. Add the gnocchi and sausage to the pot, season with extra salt, and pepper flakes, and cook for another 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and serve warm. Garnish with fennel fronds.
  1. Um. Are you up for popping over tonight and whipping this up in my kitchen?
    Yum! This sounds like such a perfect meal. Filling, flavourful, yet not overly fussy to prepare.

    1. Popping over and having an impromptu dinner date with you? Anytime! :)

  2. I hear you on the one-pot recipes! I 100% do NOT want to do any extra dishes! I might try this with some modifications because we’re big fennel fans in our house.

    1. Love to hear that you also love this underappreciated vegetable ;)

  3. Also team one-pot recipes! Those are my favorite and most of what I make are one-pot recipes. I love the simplicity of meal clean-up and only monitoring one thing on the stove. I would make something similar with modifications so will have to try to work that in this summer. We aren’t fennel fans and Phil will not eat mushrooms! But I’m sure I could still make it work w/out those 2 things!

    1. Oh yes, modify away. There is no limit to modifications to this super-easy dish!

  4. This looks so delicious. Haven’t had gnocchi in so long. Might have to give it a try. And I need to start doing more homecoming too. After the move and the surgery a lot of take-out was on the table. Time to get back to better eating habits.

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