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cauliflower gnocchi with peppers and mushrooms in Alfredo sauce in a pan

Air Fryer Cauliflower Gnocchi Alfredo with Sausage and Peppers

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  • Author: Dave Cohen
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Paleoish


Crispy Air Fried Cauliflower Gnocchi paired with a super creamy Alfredo sauce that will knock your socks off.  Delicious sausage, peppers, and mushrooms to bring it all together.


  • 1 package Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi
  • 2 cooked Italian Sausages, I used Applegate Sweet Italian Sausage
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • big handful of shredded parmigiana reggiana cheese
  • big handful of shredded pecorino romano cheese
  • 12 cremini mushrooms
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 medium sized shallot, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated or minced
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • olive oil


  1. Start off by slicing your mushrooms thin and red pepper into thin strips.  Slice up the sausages into think pieces. 
  2. Grab a large pan and get on medium high heat.  Add in a drizzle of olive oil then add the sausage, mushrooms, and red pepper.  Cook for 10-12 minutes. You want the pepper to be soft and the mushrooms and sausage to be browned. Once cooked, remove from pan and set mixture aside.
  3. Add in 3 tbsp of butter in the pan on medium heat. Once melted, add in the minced shallot and cook for 2-3 minutes stirring often.  Now add in the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. 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 come together. Once 5 minutes is up, slowly add in the cheeses whisking the sauce the whole time.  You want this to be a creamy mixture so dont rush this step.
  5. Once sauce is nice and creamy, season with a nice sprinkle of salt and pepper.  Add in the mushroom, pepper, and sausage and give a nice toss. Top sauce mixture on your gnocchi and enjoy!

Air Fried Cauliflower Gnocchi Steps:

  1. Add the frozen cauliflower gnocchi to a big bowl and make sure the gnocchis aren’t sticking together. Drizzle with olive oil and season with a nice sprinkle of salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  2. Add gnocchi to a preheated air fryer set to 400 degrees. Cook for 12 minutes, removing and shaking the air fryer 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.
  3. Toss the gnocchi in the sauce and plate up!  If you want to keep the gnocchi crispy, plate the sauce mixture in a bowl and add the crispy gnocchi on top.


Serve this with blackened shrimp or some seared scallops to turn it up a notch!