1 lb. Italian sausage (ground or links)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 package Gnocchi
Basil (to taste, around 1 tsp dried)
Garlic (to taste, 1-2 cloves usually)
Heat olive oil in skillet (one with high sides). Brown sausage. Pour 3/4 cup of water into pan and cover for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, cook gnocchi according to package. Once sausage is cooked (remove to cut if using links then return to pan), add tomatoes, gnocchi, basil and garlic. Stir to combine and make sure all is heated through. Dish up and top with Parmesan cheese.
Heat a large pot over medium heat, combine tomatoes, onion, cloves and stock. Bring to a boil. Boil for about 20 minutes to bring all of the flavors together. Remove from heat and immersion blend it. Then run the mixture through a fine strainer into a large bowl. Save any left over pulp type stuff to use as a great tomato paste. I put mine in calzone.
In the empty pot, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour to make a roux, cooking until the roux is a medium brown. Gradually whisk in a bit of the tomato sauce, then stir in the rest. Season with sugar and salt, and adjust to taste.