Winter

Gnocchi Verde (Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings)

January 20, 2015
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

This recipe comes from Time Life Books' "Recipes: The Cooking of Italy," which was published in their Foods of the World set (1968). —Sarah Jampel

  • Prep time 45 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Serves 4 to 6
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 10-ounce packages frozen chopped spinach, defrosted completely, squeezed dry of all moisture, and chopped very fine (about 1 1/2 cups), or 1 1/2 pounds fresh spinach, cooked, squeezed dry, and chopped
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan, divided, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter, divided
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the spinach and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until almost all of the moisture has boiled away and the spinach starts to stick to the skillet.
  2. Add the ricotta and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 more minutes.
  3. Transfer the spinach-ricotta mixture to a large mixing bowl and use a rubber spatula to mix in eggs, flour, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan,1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour, until the mixture is quite firm.
  4. Preheat the broiler and bring 6 to 8 quarts of water, seasoned with the remaining 1 tablespoon salt, to a boil over medium heat in a large pot. Flour your hands lightly and shape the chilled gnocchi into balls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Drop the gnocchi gently into the simmering water and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, until they puff slightly and are somewhat firm. Lift them out of the water with a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate lined with a towel to dry.
  5. Pour 2 tablespoons of the melted butter into a shallow, ovenproof dish and swirl it around to evenly distribute. Arrange the gnocchi in one layer across the bottom, leaving about 1/4 inch between each one. Dribble the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter over top, then sprinkle the gnocchi with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese. Broil for about 3 minutes, until the cheese melts and is golden brown.
  6. Serve at once, with additional grated cheese if desired.

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Sarah Jampel

Recipe by: Sarah Jampel

A (former) student of English, a lover of raisins, a user of comma splices. My spirit animal is an eggplant. I'm probably the person who picked all of the cookie dough out of the cookie dough ice cream. For that, I'm sorry.