One-Pot Wonders

Ricotta Dumplings in Tomato Onion ButterĀ Marinara

October  4, 2013
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  • Serves 6 as a side
Author Notes

This is my definition of comfort food - soft, lush, doughy dumplings, bobbing along in tomato sauce that has been known to make people weepy.
Super simply thrown together, but you have to be a wee bit patient for the sauce.
The sauce recipe is based on Smitten Kitchen's version, which is based on Marcella Hazan's original although changed in method & al ingredients slightly, but the dumplings are all me, baby. Together this makes one heck of a stovetop side dish, me thinks! —thefood

What You'll Need
  • For the sauce
  • 1 28 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion, pelled & cut in half
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • For the dumplings
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese (part skim is fine)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan, asiago, or pecorrino
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon lemon rind
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  1. Add tomatoes (with juice) butter and onion halves to a deep dutch oven or pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Reduce heat to low, and allow sauce to simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, smushing the tomatoes on the bottom or sides of the pot.
  3. White sauce is simmering, make dumplings by adding first 6 ingredients and mixing to combine well. Add flour and stir until just combined. Set aside until sauce is ready.
  4. Once sauce has simmered for 45 minutes or so, remove from heat, discard onion, add hot water, and blend with immersion blender until smooth. Season with salt if required.
  5. Place pot back onto medium-low heat and bring back to a simmer, and drop dumpling mixture in by the teaspoon full (a tiny cookie scooper or mellon baller works well!) and cook untill all dumpling float to the top (about 2 minutes or so) Serve immedietely, topped with additional grated parmesan if you wish.

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