Instant Pot Sausage Gnocchi Soup is one big bowl of comfort food! It is made with simple ingredients including onion, carrots, celery, Italian sausage, and gnocchi, and is super simple to make in the Instant Pot!
After a bit of a cold snap and a fresh layer of snow in Minnesota, I wanted the coziest soup I could think of this weekend. I had approximately 7 minutes to figure out what this would be on my drive from yoga to the grocery store, and this Instant Pot Sausage Gnocchi Soup is what I came up with in my head.
Turns out, this sausage gnocchi soup was exactly what my soul and belly were craving – it is so, so delicious! Marc said he doesn’t even like soup (wait, what?! who doesn’t like soup!) but he would order this from a restaurant. I’ll take that as a compliment. Soren had two big bowls and kept saying in the cutest way “I like gnocchi!” while eating it. I think I’ll just make this over and over because I’ll never get sick of hearing him say that.
This Instant Pot soup is super simple to make and has very basic ingredients. It starts with Italian sausage, onions, carrots, celery, garlic, and dried herbs. The rest of the ingredients include chicken broth, half and half, gnocchi, spinach, and Parmesan cheese. A note on the gnocchi: I use the shelf stable kind that can be found in the pasta aisle. Fresh and frozen would also work!
The soup is thickened with cornstarch, which simply involves whisking it into a little of the half and half and adding it to the soup to simmer and thicken. Super easy! Also – if you want to lighten it up, you could use milk instead of half and half. It just won’t be quite as rich.
I really can’t emphasize how simple this soup is! First you’ll brown the Italian sausage in the Instant Pot. While the sausage is browning, you can chop up the onion, carrots, and celery. You’ll give the veggies a quick saute to slightly soften them and then season them with garlic and the dried herbs.
After this, the chicken broth is added and then you will cook in the Instant Pot for 6 minutes. This really infuses the sausage and herb flavoring into the broth.
After a quick release, you’ll put the Instant Pot on brown/saute again and add the half and half mixed with cornstarch, gnocchi, and spinach and let the soup thicken up. The final step is to stir in some Parmesan cheese and serve it up. Instant Pot Sausage Gnocchi Soup truly is a delicious and soul warming soup!
Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup from Mama Needs Cake
I translated this recipe into stovetop, simmering it for longer periods of time to let the herbs really seep into the recipe. It was SO delicious. We’ll be making it again!