Spinach Gnocchi Recipe

Spinach Gnocchi Recipes

Ingredients :

750 g

250 g



100 g

125 g

60 g


trimmed, washed, and drained fresh spinach leave

very fresh, drained ricotta


egg yolk

freshly grated parmesan cheese

plain flour


sage leaves

Method :
  1. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil.

  2. Add the spinach and cook for 10 minutes.

  3. Drain well, squeeze out excess moisture, and chop finely.

  4. Put the spinach in a large mixing bowl and add the ricotta cheese, the egg and extra yolk, half the parmesan, the nutmeg, if using, and salt and pepper.

  5. Combine these ingredients very thoroughly with a fork until smooth.

  6. Use a dessertspoon or tablespoon to shape little oval dumplings of the mixture, or roll into small balls between your floured palms, and then press to flatten slightly.

  7. Coat lightly with flour all over.

  8. Place the butter and sage leaves in a small saucepan and warm gently to melt the butter.

  9. Turn off the heat and leave to stand.

  10. Bring a very large saucepan of salted water to gentle boil.

  11. Add a few drops of olive oil to prevent the dumplings from sticking to one another and then add the dumplings.

  12. They should simmer rather than boil.

  13. When they bob up to the surface, remove with a slotted spoon.

  14. Drain well and place in heated serving dish.

  15. Drizzle with the sage flavored butter.

  16. Sprinkle with the remaining parmesan cheese and serve at once.

Serves 4

Preparation        : 15 minutes

Cooking             : 20  minutes

Recipe grading    : fairly easy

Suggested wine  : a young, dry red (Rosso di Montalcino)

Malfatti means, literally, "badly made" and refers to the fact that the filling is the same one used for ravioli, but lacks the pasta covering. In some parts of Tuscany these dumplings are also know as strozzapreti (priest chokers!)

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