Lunch Main Pasta

Dumpling with Sausage Ragù or Gnocchi di Polenta

How to prepare the real Italian recipe of Polenta Dumpling with Sausage Ragù Sauce or “Gnocchi di Polenta con il ragù di salsiccia”.

A delicious recipe with Polenta, quite healthy and a good alternative to eat Dumpling or “Gnocchi“. In Italy we eat Gnocchi on Thursday but you can definitely cook them everyday. A great lunch option for all the family! And the sauce is soooo good…

Ingredients for 4 people

  • 600 grams of Polenta (already cooked and cold – follow cooking instructions on package)
  • 2 Eggs Yolks
  • 200 grams of Flour and some extra flour
  • 60 grams of grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Shallots
  • 250 grams of Ground Beef
  • 200 grams of Fresh Sausage + 1 Sausage
  • 1/2 glass of Red Wine
  • 400 ml of Tomato Sauce
  • 1 sprig of Rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons of Water
  • Salt and Pepper as you preferred


  1. In a pan pour 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 2 shallots cut into thin slices, 1 sprig of rosemary and 2 tablespoons of water and cook over low heat for 3 minutes.
  2. Add the sausage, previously peeled and crumbled and 1 sausage cut in 6 parts,  then add the ground beef, cook for 5 minutes and verse the red wine, let evaporate.
  3. Add the tomato sauce, salt, blankets and let cook over low heat for thirty minutes.
  4. Mash the Polenta with a potato masher two or three times, so as to soften it, pour into a bowl and mash it with your hands to remove any lump. Add the egg yolks, flour and 4 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese, mix well and then form a ball.
  5. Divide the dough into 8 parts and each obtained from a cord with a diameter of one inch, by rolling it on the floured surface. Cut the cords into pieces of 2-3 cm long and crush gently with the tip of the thumb on the fork.
  6. Cook the gnocchi, like pasta, in plenty of boiling water, lightly salted. The dumplings will be ready as soon as they surface. Transfer them to a serving platter and serve with the sausage ragù sauce, peaces of cut sausages and the grated Parmesan advanced.

Posted by Nicoletta and Tiziana

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gnocchi polenta with ragu sausage