Instant Pot Sausage Gnocchi Soup

Instant Pot Sausage Gnocchi Soup

Last Updated on September 10, 2020 by Tina

Instant Pot Sausage Gnocchi Soup is hearty tomato-based comforting bowl of goodness! Quick and simple to put together you’ll love this twist on a traditional Sardinian Sausage Ragu.


overhead view of sausage gnocchi oup in white bowl on concrete background with wedge of Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs to the lef

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What is a Sardinian-style ragu?

Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea just behind Sicily. It is west of the Italian peninsula, and is one of it’s 20 defined regions. The island is a great tourist destination known for its clear and pristine beaches. It even holds a place in Greek and Roman mythology as the place the gods told Hercules to start a colony at after he had completed his labors.

The island is also known for Malloreddus alla Campidanese. This is a dumpling like pasta served with a rich ragu of tomatoes, sausage, and saffron. Saffron is a unique ingredient to the dish as this spice was brought by the Phoenicians from the Middle East to Italy. If you would like to learn more check out this great BBC article.

Prepping the gnocchi soup

You can use either sweet or hot Italian sausage for this recipe. If your sausage is in casings, you will need to remove them. Remove them by putting the tip of a knife under the casing and gently cutting it moving upwards then peel off. Get the rest of your ingredients ready.

overhead shot of ingredients needed for soup

Set the Instant Pot to saute when heated add a little olive oil and add in the sausage. Using a spoon or spatula break up the sausage as it cooks into pieces. Cook the sausage until it is no longer pink.

overhead view of cooking chunked Italian sausage in the Instant Pot on saute with wooden spatula

Add in the minced garlic, saffron (optional), pepper, salt, Italian seasoning, and hot red pepper flakes. Pour in the wine, note this optional. Stir and cook for a couple of minutes or until the garlic is fragrant.

overhead view of cooked Italian sausage in Instant Pot with minced garlic, saffron, and spices

Pour in the water and stir. Turn off the saute function, and layer in the gnocchi.

overhead view of sausage layered with gnocchi on top in the Instant Pot

Next add a can of San Marzano tomatoes, and crush the tomatoes with your hand as you add them on top of the gnocchi. Resist the urge, and DO NOT STIR.

You can also use crushed San Marzano tomatoes if you can find them. I’m usually not lucky enough to find them in the store! 😉 LOL

overhead view of tomatoes on top of a bed of Italian sausage and gnocchi in the Instant Pot

Cooking and finishing the sausage soup

Seal the lid on the Instant Pot and cook on high pressure (normal) for three minutes then follow with a quick release. If anything starts to drip from the Instant Pot just be sure to release in short bursts. Once open stir everything together.

overhead view of sausage gnocchi stew in pressure cooker with spoon

Next add in a bag of baby spinach, and turn the Instant Pot on to saute.

overhead view of stew in Instant Pot topped with raw baby spinach

Stir the spinach until wilted then turn off the saute function.

overhead view of finished sausage gnocchi in the Instant Pot with spoon

Serve immediately topped with Parmesan cheese or store up to one week in an airtight container. Note because potato gnocchi was used this may cause the soup to thicken once cooled. If desired, this may be thinned with water or chicken broth when reheating leftovers.

side view of white bowl with soup and spoon on grey counter with block of Parmesan cheese with fresh herbs in top right in front of white chevron tile

I paired this soup with my Crusty Instant Pot French Bread! If you enjoyed this recipe you would love Instant Pot Beef Roman Stew or Instant Pot French Onion Soup.

bowl of soup offset to the left with fresh herbs to the righ

Instant Pot Sausage Gnocchi Soup

Instant Pot Sausage Gnocchi is a simple and quick meal to make in the pressure cooker that is super filling. A tomato-based soup flavored with saffron and spices with store bought gnocchi then finished with spinach!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy instant pot soup, easy weeknight dinner, gnocchi soup, instant pot sausage gnocchi soup, instant pot sausage gnocchi stew, pressure cooker sausage gnocchi soup
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Finishing Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 479kcal
Author: Tina


  • 1 pound Italian Sausage Sweet or Hot
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp saffron optional
  • 1/2 cup white wine optional
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp hot red pepper flakes reduce by half if using hot sausage
  • 1/2 tsp Italian Herb Seasoning
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 pound gnocchi store bought
  • 28 ounces San Marzano Tomatoes crushed by hand
  • 6 ounces baby spinach


  • Remove sausage from casings, and set Instant Pot to Saute mode. When heated add olive oil and sausage. Break up sausage into pieces. Cook until no longer pink.
  • Add wine, garlic, saffron, and seasonings. Cook for a couple of minutes to reduce the wine. Add the water and stir. Turn off the saute function.
  • Layer the gnocchi on top of the sausage, and do the same with the tomatoes crushing them by hand as you add them.
  • Seal the Instant Pot and cook on high pressure (normal) for three minutes followed with a quick release. If anything sputters out just release the pressure in short bursts.
  • Stir the ingredients, and set to saute. Add baby spinach and stir until wilted for about two minutes.
  • Serve immediately with Parmesan cheese, or keep in an airtight container for up to one week. Note soup will thicken due to the potato gnocchi when leftover. May add more water to thin if desired.



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 1022mg | Potassium: 571mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2226IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 7mg
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2 thoughts on “Instant Pot Sausage Gnocchi Soup”

  • 5 stars
    Made this and got a burn notice. I definitely deglazed they pan but still got the burn notice. It still came out really well though

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it! It shouldn’t have given a burn notice, but I will be happy to test this one out again to be sure. Thank you for the feedback! 🙂

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