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Gnocchi with tomato and ‘Nduja

December 2, 2016 (Last Updated: May 22, 2020) by Emily

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This Gnocchi with tomato and ‘Nduja recipe is the perfect way to warm up on these chilly evenings. It’s super simple and extra comforting!

Gnocchi with tomato and Nduja

It’s Friday! Yay the weekend is nearly here which means long lies and chill time and I’m so looking forward to it. I’ve found it SO hard to get myself out of bed all week because it’s so darn cold!

What’s your plans for the weekend? I’m planning a lazy morning then a nice long walk with my little pup followed by a big hot steaming bowl of soup and a cozy Christmassy evening. I can’t wait.

It’s been one yummy week so far did you see my chicken and mushrooms pies and Pandoro Christmas cake? They are both very simple yet incredibly delicious.

Gnocchi with tomato and Nduja

Much like today’s post Gnocchi with Tomato and Nduja. I love gnocchi they are so soft and light and scream comfort food especially when drenched in a luscious tomato and sausage sauce.

Nduja is a delicious, spicy, spreadable salami from Calabria, Italy. You can find it in most good supermarkets or Italian delis and let me tell you a little goes a long way, it’s very spicy and gives great flavour.


To make the yummy tomato sauce I fry one Italian sausage (removed from it’s skin) in a frying pan and break it up into little pieces. I then add garlic and a little oil and lightly fry for a few seconds.

I then add passata, ‘Nduja, oregano and season it with salt and pepper. Everything is stirred together and left to simmer while the gnocchi are cooking in salted boiling water. The good thing about gnocchi is they take only a couple of minutes before they start floating to the surface and they are ready.

Gnocchi with tomato and Nduja

The fluffy, little light gnocchi are then added to the sauce and tossed until beautifully coated and served in big bowls to be devoured on a chilly evening….it’ll warm you right up!

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Gnocchi with Tomato and 'Nduja

This Gnocchi with tomato and 'Nduja recipe is the perfect way to warm up on these chilly evenings. It's super simple and extra comforting!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 416kcal
Author Emily Kemp


  • 1 fat Italian sausage
  • 1 tbsp 'Nduja
  • 1.1 lbs (500g) passata
  • 1.4 lbs (650g) gnocchi
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 small bunch basil
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to season


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil.
  • Take the sausage out of it's skin and brown in a large frying pan. Break up the sausage with the side of a wooden spoon as it's browning until it's in small pieces. Finely chop the garlic cloves and add to the pan with 1 tsp of olive oil.
  • Fry for 30-40 seconds then add the passata. Add the N'duja, oregano, basil (roughly torand season with salt and pepper. Stir everything together and let it simmer until the gnocchi are ready.
  • Add the gnocchi to the boiling water. Once the gnocchi reach the surface of the water, drain. Turn the sauce off the heat and add the gnocchi. Stir the gnocchi until it's evenly coated in sauce and serve.


Please note this recipe was tested and developed using metric measurements all imperial measurements are approximate.


Calories: 416kcal
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    August 29, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Spicy and delicious, love gnocchi and ndjua is just so good!5 stars

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    December 2, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    I only discovered a love of gnocchi earlier in the year. But it’s always our go to for a quick and easy meal.

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    December 2, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Talk about comfort food! Looks so easy to make, too! Love it!

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    Sabrina | The Tomato Tart
    December 2, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    This is amazing dish , tasty sauce and love the spices on it. This is awesome comfort food.

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    Nicola @ Happy Healthy Motivated
    December 2, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    This really does look like the ultimate comfort food for snuggling up with on a winter’s evening. And before I read your post, I had no idea what ‘Nduja was!!

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    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    December 2, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    I loooove gnocchi, and love the sound of this simple sauce! Have you ever tried sauteeing gnocchi? They go so fluffy in the middle and crispy on the outside, it’s amazing!

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      Inside the rustic kitchen
      December 2, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      OH yeah I have they are amazing like that especially with a steak and some rosemary they’re AMAZING! Thanks so much!

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