Add the olive oil to a large pot over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken sausage and brown on both sides for about two minutes.
Add the onion and cook for two to three minutes or until lightly browned.
Turn the heat down to medium and add the garlic, carrots and thyme. Cook for two minutes, stirring frequently so the garlic doesn't burn.
Add the kale and 1/4 cup of water. Cover and cook for one minute. Uncover, stir and cook for two more minutes or until the kale is wilted down.
Add the broth and bring the soup to a simmer. Cover and cook for ten to fifteen minutes to allow the flavors to combine.
Add the gnocchi and cook for four to six minutes or until it's tender. Be sure the soup stays at a simmer while the gnocchi is cooking - and stir often!
Turn the heat down to low and add the parsley and half-and-half. Stir to combine and heat through for about 60 seconds. Do not boil.
Taste and adjust the salt and pepper to your liking.
Serve with additional parsley and Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.