Tuscan sausage and porcini sauce with gnocchi

  • for 4 people
  • Ready in 50 minutes
  • Easy
Simple, rustic and fantastically rich, this easy recipe for Tuscan sausage and gnocchi is what real Italian cooking is all about.

Nutritional info per serving

Per serving: 1,149kcals, 74.2g fat (32.9g saturated), 31.2g protein, 90.6g carbs, 6.3g sugar, 5.4g salt

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600g good-quality pork sausages
25g dried porcini mushrooms
1 tbsp olive oil
50g butter
1 onion, finely chopped
250g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
200g can chopped tomatoes
4 tbsp double cream
800g gnocchi
50g shaved Parmesan, to serve


1. Skin the sausages and set aside the sausagemeat. Place the dried porcini mushrooms in a bowl, cover with 400ml hot water and set aside.
2. Heat the olive oil in a deep, frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the sausagemeat and cook for 5 minutes, breaking up the meat into chunky pieces, until lightly browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
3. Melt the butter in the same pan, reduce the heat slightly and add the onion. Cook gently for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. Drain the soaked mushrooms, reserving the liquid, and chop. Add to the onion along with the chestnut mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes.
4. Return the sausagemeat to the pan, add the garlic and rosemary and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and all but the last tablespoon of the mushroom liquid – discard the remaining tablespoon as this might be gritty. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring, until thickened. Stir in the cream and season.
5. Meanwhile, cook the gnocchi in a saucepan of boiling water for 3 minutes or until they have all risen to the surface. Drain well and divide between bowls. Spoon over the sauce and scatter with Parmesan to serve.

  • Serve with a cool Italian beer. Or try a hearty rich Primitivo or Sicilian Syrah red wine.

From September 2006

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