Spicy Italian Gnocchi

I’m telling you, you cannot go wrong with this quick, easy and delicious gnocchi recipe. This has italics flavors like rosemary, basil and garlic paired with a sweet heat from cherry tomatoes and chili peppers.

To be honest, this recipe started with some Italian turkey in the freezer accompanied by far too many summertime tomatoes and basil.

I tried to get a few inspo recipes with no such luck until I saw the gnocchi in the pantry. Gnocchi is personally one of my favorite foods. I mean, who doesn’t love a potato dumpling? What’s not to love?

I then discovered the Hot Sicilian Gia Russa pasta sauce in the pantry as well (Adam likes to have 6 on hand at all times [no, I’m not kidding]).

Game over. This recipe was born and it will be a repeat.

Please don’t come for me that this recipe is not in grams. I left my scale at the beach house.

Serves 4

488 calories

21 fat | 45 carb | 24 protein

3 grams of fiber

Spicy Italian Gnocchi

5 from 1 vote
Total Time 30 minutes
Course dinner
Cuisine italian
Servings 4


  • 1 lb Italian Style ground turkey (festive brand)
  • 2 cups Cherry tomatoes halved
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 16 oz (3 cups) Gnocchi shelf stable (DeLallo brand)
  • 1 cup Hot Sicilian pasta sauce (Già Russa brand)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • 1.5 tsp red pepper flakes optional
  • Salt and pepper


  • Start by cooking your turkey over medium high heat until throughly cooked. remove from pan and drain. Set cooked turkey aside.
  • Place pan back over heat and add your tomatoes and garlic along with plenty of salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. The pan could still be coated from the fat from the turkey so no need to add oil.
  • Sautee garlic and tomatoes for 5-7 minutes and add balsamic vinegar
  • Add pasta sauce along with stock and gnocchi. Cover and let cook about 5-7 minutes or until gnocchi is cooked.
  • Add back in your cooked turkey and mix. Top with cheese and cover to allow the cheese to melt.
  • Top with fresh basil and more, chili pepper, salt and pepper to taste.


  • As always, this recipe can be logged on Myfitnesspal and Macros First by searching the name of the recipe with “Rushing to the Kitchen”
  • To make this recipe gluten free, use a gluten free gnocchi
  • To make this recipe dairy free, use a dairy free cheese
Keyword 30 minute, dinner, easy

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this for my boyfriend and myself tonight and my bf couldn’t stop raving. The depth of flavor in the sauce and the ease at which it all came together…perfection. My boyfriend has already asked to have the recipe sent to him so he can make it at the fire station when he goes to work. That’s how you know it’s a winner!

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