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Gnocchi with pizza ingredients.

Skillet Pizza Gnocchi

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  • Author: Kelli Avila
  • Prep Time: 00:05
  • Cook Time: 00:15
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


In this one-pan dinner, gnocchi takes the place of pizza dough and is cooked together with sausage and veggies before being topped off with pizza sauce, mozzarella and pepperoni. This Skillet Pizza Gnocchi is a fun dinner option for a busy weeknight where you have less than 30 minutes to get dinner on the table.


Units Scale
  • 16 ounces ground Italian sausage
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced fine
  • 1 small onion, diced fine
  • 1 tablespoon pizza seasoning
  • 16 ounces potato gnocchi
  • 1 (15 ounce) jar pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh small mozzarella balls (see note)
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 ounce (about 1/4 cup) pepperoni (optional)
  • fresh basil (optional)


  1. Cook sausage in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Once cooked through, drain any excess oil, except 1 tablespoon or so.
  2. Add the red pepper and onion and cook until beginning to soften, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add in gnocchi and pizza seasoning. Cook until beginning to brown, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add in pizza sauce, water and bring up to a boil.
  5. Top with mozzarella and pepperoni, cook with cover for 3 minutes.
  6. If desired, briefly cook under the broiler to crisp up the cheese for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately, with fresh basil if desired.


Don’t add salt to this recipe. Between the sausage, pizza sauce, seasoning and cheese there is plenty of salt. If you find it lacking, you can add in a bit at the end.

You do not need to add two different types of mozzarella here, but the two different flavors and textures are nice.