Cauliflower Gnocchi Alfredo with Mushrooms, Red Pepper, and Sausage

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Cancel your reservation at Olive Garden because this Alfredo sauce will have you singing in joy on top of your kitchen counter top! I used two gorgeous cheeses to make this Alfredo sauce that was so creamy and dreamy it should be illegal.

I also used Trader Joes Cauliflower Gnocchi and used my air fryer to get them nice and crispy on the outside. The texture works amazing and plays nicely with the sausage and mushroom mixture and sauce. Make sure to put your jammies on before eating this since it is insanely comforting and will make you smile and want to high five a stranger! The beauty of this dish is you could eat it as is, or top with some Shrimp or some Scallops to take it to the next level. Cook this for your next date night and be prepared for marriage since they won’t want to ever leave your side!

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Servings: 2-3


  • 1 package Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi

  • Italian Sausage (I used Applegate Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage)

  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream

  • Handful of shredded Parmigiana Reggiana Cheese

  • Handful of shredded Pecorino Romano Cheese

  • 12 cremini mushrooms

  • 1 Red Pepper

  • 1 medium sized shallot

  • 2 garlic cloves grated

  • Butter

  • Olive Oil


  1. Start off by slicing your mushrooms and red pepper. then slice up 2 of the sausage links into thin pieces.

  2. Grab a large pan and get on medium high heat and add some oil. Now sauté the sausage, mushrooms, and red pepper for 10-12 minutes. You want the pepper to be soft and the mushrooms and sausage to be browned. Once cooked, set mixture aside.

  3. To start off the Alfredo sauce, grab a non stick pan and melt down 3 tbsp of butter over medium heat.

  4. Once melted, add in the medium shallot minced and cook for 2-3 minutes stirring often. Now add in the 2 garlic cloves grated or minced and stir and cook for 2 minutes.

  5. Reduce heat to medium low and add in the cup of cream. Cook for 5 minutes and stir often so that the butter and cream combine.

  6. Once 5 minutes is up, slowly add in your grated cheeses whisking the sauce the whole time. You want this to be a creamy mixture so don’t rush this step.

  7. Now that you have the creamy sauce, sprinkle in some salt, pepper, and white pepper.

  8. Add in the mushroom, pepper, and sausage mixture and stir up

  9. For the Cauliflower gnocchi, add the whole bag to a big bowl and drizzle with Olive oil and season with Salt, Pepper, and Garlic Powder

  10. Add to a preheated Air fryer set to 400 degrees. Cook for 12 minutes. Shaking the pan every 4 minutes. You want the outside to be slightly crispy. I used a 6 qt air fryer. If using a smaller one, work in batches.

  11. If you don’t have an air fryer, bake your gnocchi at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until crispy.

  12. Now toss in your gnocchi to the sauce and plate up! If you want the gnocchi to remain crispy, plate the sauce mixture then top with your gnocchi.

  13. Serve with Shrimp or Scallops to turn it up a notch!

- Dave (@mypaleoishlife)

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