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Spicy tomato and sausage gnocchi with fennel and spinach

Ingredients for 4 portions

Per portion: 572 kJ / 137 kcal

  • 400g herby sausages
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 fennel bulbs, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 x 400g tins plum tomatoes
  • ½tsp dried chili flakes
  • 2tsp dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1tbsp tomato puree
  • 3tbsp Kikkoman soy sauce
  • 500g pack fresh gnocchi
  • 100g baby spinach
  • Small pack of basil, leaves chopped
  • Grated parmesan, to serve


Preparation time: 50 mins

Slit open the sausages and remove the sausage meat, discarding the skins. Heat a wide, high-sided frying pan with the oil over a high heat and cook the sausage meat for 8-10 minutes, breaking it up into small pieces with the back of a wooden spoon. Once golden brown all over, tip onto a plate and set aside. 

Add the onion and fennel to the pan and cook for 10 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute then add the tinned tomatoes with 200ml water, the chili flakes, oregano, bay leaves, tomato puree and soy sauce. Simmer for 20 minutes, until reduced slightly and adjust the seasoning to taste.

Meanwhile, bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the gnocchi according to the pack instructions. 

While the gnocchi is cooking, add the cooked sausage meat to the sauce and stir the spinach through until it’s just wilted. Drain the gnocchi and stir into the sauce with the basil. Remove the bay leaves, divide between 4 plates and serve with the parmesan and plenty of fresh black pepper.