Instant Pot Gnocchi Zuppa Toscana


Similar to Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana, but using potato gnocchi instead of diced potatoes, this delicious creamy soup is done quickly and conveniently in your Instant Pot. You can use mild or hot sausage depending on how much of a kick you prefer.

Instant Pot Gnocchi Zuppa Toscana
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage

  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 4 cups chicken stock

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 pinch salt, or to taste

  • 1 pinch ground black pepper, or to taste

  • 1 (16 ounce) package potato gnocchi

  • 1 bunch kale - stems removed and discarded, leaves torn into bite-size pieces

  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Select the Sauté function on a multi-functional electric pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®). Add sausage to the pot and sauté for 5 minutes. Stir in onion and garlic and sauté until sausage is browned and crumbled and the onions are translucent, about 3 minutes more. Push Cancel to end Sauté function.

  2. Pour the chicken stock, water, salt, and pepper into the pot and stir with a wooden spoon, scraping the bottom of the pot to loosen any browned bits. Add the gnocchi to the pot but do not stir.

  3. Close the lid and set the cooking time to 0 minutes at High pressure. It will take about 16 minutes for the pot to reach pressure before the cooking time begins. After the timer beeps, allow the pressure to release from the pot naturally for 5 minutes before releasing the remaining pressure using the manufacturer's quick release method, about 5 minutes more.

  4. Open the lid and select the Sauté function one more time. Stir in the kale and heavy whipping cream. Sauté, stirring occasionally until the kale has wilted, about 2 minutes. Push Cancel to end Sauté function.

  5. Serve in bowls and top with grated Parmesan cheese.

Cook's NoteL

0 minutes is not a typo! The contents of the pot are already cooking during the time it takes for pressure to build in the pot. If you set the time for 0 minutes, the pot will beep as soon as the pot reaches pressure.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

541 Calories
42g Fat
25g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 541
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 19g 97%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 1190mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Protein 18g
Potassium 691mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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