Gnudi Recipe

Gnudi Recipe
Staff Writer
Spinach Gnudi with Sage
Edward Park
Spinach Gnudi with Sage

A type of gnocchi, gnudi is traditionally made with ricotta cheese which lends a rich and creamy texture to the dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound 2 ounces spinach, coarse stalks removed
  • ¾ cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup grated pecorino, plus extra for serving
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 10-12 sage leaves
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

Put the spinach with just the water clinging to the leaves after washing into a large pan. Cook over low heat, turning once or twice, for about 3 minutes, until wilted. Drain well, squeezing out as much liquid as possible, and chop very finely. Tip into a bowl and stir in the ricotta, pecorino cheese, eggs, and flour. Add the nutmeg and season with salt and pepper.

Bring a large pan of salted water to a boil. Using a teaspoon, shape small rounded dumplings from the ricotta mixture, dust with flour and add to the pan.

Cook in batches for 2-3 minutes until they float to the surface. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain on a paper towel and transfer to warmed serving dish. Melt the butter with sage in another pan, then pour this over the dumplings and serve. 

Gnudi Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Gnudi Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.