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Cauliflower Gnocchi and Chicken Sausage Bake

This cauliflower gnocchi and chicken sausage bake is a quick and easy weeknight dinner that comes together all in one pan. Perfect for the whole family or as a dinner for two with enough leftovers for lunch the next day!

the cauliflower gnocchi and chicken sausage bake topped with melted cheese.

I think I should come clean and admit this now: I am obsessed with Trader Joe’s.

They have some fantastic products and prices. Not to mention, the people that work there are always a pleasure to interact with.

One of my all time favorite products at Trader Joe’s is the cauliflower gnocchi. I love the short ingredient list, the nutrition, the taste and the versatility.

One of my favorite ways to prepare cauliflower gnocchi is to throw them together with a protein, a vegetable and sauce in a pan, top with cheese and then bake it off!

These cauliflower gnocchi bakes are a staple winter recipe in my home. There are a ton of variations you can create with different proteins, veggies and sauces that it is hard to get bored.

Today I am sharing this chicken sausage, asparagus and sun dried tomato version. I highly recommend trying out this recipe but then also getting creative with the ingredients to switch things up.


Cauliflower gnocchi: I used Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi. However, I know other brands are now starting to come out with their own cauliflower gnocchi, or you can use regular gnocchi.
Chicken sausage: I used sun dried tomato and basil chicken sausage, but you can use plain or other flavor, such as roasted garlic.
Garlic and onion: to flavor the sauce.
Tomato paste and canned tomatoes: together they create a simple sauce.
Sun dried tomatoes: I like to finely chop the sun dried tomatoes so they don’t become too overpowering.
Asparagus: asparagus adds some nutrients, color, a nice crunch, and compliments the sun dried tomato flavors in this dish.
Burrata: burrata is a soft and creamy cheese, similar to fresh mozzarella. It can be found in plastic tubs next to the fresh mozzarella in the grocery store.
Spices: salt, pepper and Italian seasoning blend.


To start out, you want to get your cauliflower gnocchi crispy using your preferred cooking method. Here are my 3 favorite methods:

Air fryer: 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes, stopping to shake the basket a few times.
Oven: 425 degrees for 15-18 minutes.
Stovetop: Over medium heat for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

For each method, I spray the cauliflower gnocchi with olive oil spray to help crisp them up.

air fried cauliflower gnocchi

While the gnocchi are cooking, brown the chicken sausage in a large oven safe skillet. For this recipe, I used Trader Joe’s raw sun dried tomato and basil chicken sausage.

Remove sausage from the casing and brown it in the skillet over medium heat, using a wooden spoon to crumble the sausage as it cooks. Once browned, remove the sausage from the pan.

In the same pan, make a simple sauce. Combine the diced onion and minced garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add tomato paste and cook an additional minute.

Add crushed tomatoes and seasoning and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer for five minutes.

adding the asparagus, sun dried tomatoes and cooked sausage into the sauce.

Next add the sun dried tomatoes and asparagus. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. Add the chicken sausage back to the pan with the cauliflower gnocchi.

Mix everything together well then top with burrata cheese segments. Bake at 425 for 15-20 minutes, or until everything is bubbly and cheese is melted and golden.


topping the sausage gnocchi with burrata before putting in the oven to brown.


Cauliflower Gnocchi: If you do not have access to or do not like Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi, traditional gnocchi would also be delicious!
Chicken sausage: you can sub the raw chicken sausage for precooked chicken sausage. Roasted garlic chicken sausage would also be a delicious flavor for this recipe.
Sauce: you can use your favorite jarred sauce in place of making your own for a super quick recipe.
Asparagus: feel free to substitute your favorite vegetable, such as broccoli, zucchini or spinach.
Burrata: sub fresh mozzarella or shredded mozzarella for the burrata.

the cast iron with the gnocchi bake and a bowl with a portion.

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If you make this recipe, please leave me a comment/rating below. I’d love to hear your feedback! Also, don’t forget to take a picture of your creation and tag me on Instagram @thechowdown!

Cauliflower Gnocchi and Chicken Sausage Bake

Trader Joe's Cauliflower gnoochi and Sun Dried Tomato and Basil Chicken Sausages plus veggies and sauce baked all together with delicious, melty burrata cheese.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: cauliflower gnocchi, cauliflower gnocchi bake, gnocchi and sausage bake
Servings: 4


  • 1 1/2 bags Trader Joe's Cauliflower Gnocchi
  • 3 Sun Dried Tomato and Basil Chicken Sausages raw, casings removed
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 cup asparagus cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 balls burrata quartered
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 425. Cook cauliflower gnoochi using preferred cooking method (options above).
  • In a large oven safe skillet, heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Add chicken sausage, cook and crumble with wooden spoon until brown, approximately 5 minutes. Remove sausage from skillet.
  • In the same skillet, add onion and garlic and cook 3-4 minutes, or until fragrant and translucent. Add tomato paste and cook another minute. Add can of crushed tomatoes and season with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes.
  • Add sun dried tomatoes and asparagus. Cook another 4-5 minutes. Add browned chicken sausaage along with cooked cauliflower gnocchi. Mix so everything is coated in sauce.
  • Top with burrata segments. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until bubbly and cheese is melted and golden.

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