This easy, creamy gnocchi soup recipe combines two of my favorite things: kielbasa smoked sausage and potato pillows of goodness called gnocchi. It’s easy, hearty and delicious, perfect for a quick comfort food fix.
What is gnocchi?
I love gnocchi! They’re little round, pillows of potato goodness. You start with a potato based dough that’s rolled out and cut into little oval dumplings.
Of course, I’ve only had the kind that’s already prepared and available in a package at the store. I’ve never had homemade gnocchi and I can only imagine how much I would love it even more.
Not sure how to pronounce gnocchi? I did some research and there are two different acceptable ways. It’s kind of like herb and herb.
Pronounce it as either NYO-KEE or NO-KEE, with a silent “G” like in gnat. The first is sort of Italian-ish and the second is more American-ish. Take your pick!
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This soup will start with all the usual culprits of onion, carrots, celery and cloves.
Next, add in some of my favorite things:
- Kielbasa Smoked Sausage
- Potato Gnocchi
To make it creamy, I’ve added in a little bit of half-n-half after cooking. Try using canned evaporated milk, cream or even regular milk, if you prefer.
I’ve added in the chopped spinach at the end as well. It’s just a personal preference. I prefer the spinach to be just a little wilted instead of fully cooked during pressure cooking.
Where to find Kielbasa?
I’ve had some questions about where to find kielbasa. It’s in the refrigerator section of the store, with things like cold cuts and bacon.
It may be called Smoked Sausage or Polska Kielbasa. You can find it available in pork, beef or even turkey, with lower fat and calories.
Steps for easy cooking
Remember to start off by placing your Instant Pot on saute so you can start cooking the vegetables. It will start smelling yummy right away.
Add the sliced kielbasa. I’ve sliced the kielbasa sausage at a straight line, but feel free to cut it up the way you want. You can make sort of angled slices if you want to get fancy. Try chopping the slices into quarters, if you prefer smaller pieces.
Like most of my Instant Pot recipes, you just cook the vegetables then dump everything in. Stir and cook.
If you want some extra flavor, try adding a little bit of “Better Than Bouillon”. It adds deliciousness and this gorgeous golden color.
Can I Cook This on the Stove Top?
Yes! Begin sauteeing the vegetables as you would for the Instant Pot. Use the instructions up to #4. Add the sausage and chicken stock. Bring it to a boil then add the gnocchi and cook according to the package instructions. Remove from heat then stir in the half n half and spinach. Cover to let the spinach wilt a bit, about 10 minutes, then serve.
More Instant Pot Recipes
I would be lying to you if I told you that I like the Instant Pot because I *love* the Instant Pot. It’s become such a focal point in my recipes because of its ease of use.
I’m a new cook but even I recognize how easy it is to dump everything in the pan and leave it alone instead of constantly checking and stirring something on the stove.
Browse all our Instant Pot Recipes or choose one of these.
- Creamy Tuscan Soup Instant Pot
- Instant Pot Hearty Beef Barley Stew
- Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Easy Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings
I think I’ll try to make homemade gnocchi next time and I found a potato gnocchi recipe at Spend with Pennies that looks great.
Creamy Gnocchi Soup Easy Instant Pot Recipe
- 6-quart Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 large Onion, chopped
- 2 Carrots, chopped
- 2 Celery Stalks, chopped
- 5 Garlic Cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1 tablespooon Better Than Bouillon, Chicken, optional
- 14 ounces Kielbasa, sliced
- 17 ounces Potato Gnocchi
- 3 cups Chicken Stock
- ½ cup Half n Half
- 1 cup Baby Spinach, fresh, chopped
- Chop and mince all vegetables as directed. Slice kielbasa smoked sausage.
- Press the Saute button on the Instant Pot to begin cooking in saute mode. Add olive oil. Add chopped onion, celery, carrots and garlic. Add salt and pepper. Stir frequently until onions are fragrant, about 3 minutes. If you're using the chicken bouillon, stir it in and allow it to incorporate fully.
- Press the Cancel button on the Instant Pot to reset.
- Add sliced sausage, gnocchi and chicken stock. Stir. Check the Instant Pot lid to ensure the seal is in place and nothing is blocking the vent. Place lid on top and set lever to Sealing. Press the Manual button on the Instant Pot and set to high for 3 minutes, then natural release. The entire cook time will be about 25 minutes.
- Press the Cancel button to reset or remove cord. Add half n half and chopped spinach. Stir. Put on lid and let steam naturally (while Instant Pot is off) for 10 minutes.
- Makes 8 servings.
Can I Cook This on the Stove Top?Yes! Begin sauteeing the vegetables as you would for the Instant Pot. Use the instructions up to #4. Add the sausage and chicken stock. Bring it to a boil then add the gnocchi and cook according to the package instructions. Remove from heat then stir in the half n half and spinach. Cover to let the spinach wilt a bit, about 10 minutes, then serve.
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