Gnudi (Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings) Recipe

Gnudi (Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings) Recipe
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Gnudi

Andrea Wyner

Gnudi

Gnudi means, well, “nude” — because these are nude ravioli, the filling without the outer pasta covering. They are delicious served with tomato sauce, as in this recipe, or with melted butter and sage.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup steamed spinach, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup grated pecorino or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups tomato sauce

Directions

In a large bowl, combine the spinach, ricotta, pecorino, and egg yolks. Stir to blend. Stir in the nutmeg and salt to taste, then gently stir in the flour, mixing just enough to pull the mixture together.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Heat the tomato sauce and spread a thin layer of it over the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Set aside.

Using two tablespoons, shape and compact the ricotta mixture into ovals and drop them directly
into the boiling water in batches, so as not to crowd the pot. They will float to the top when done, after 3-4 minutes. Using a wire skimmer or slotted spoon, transfer the gnudi to the casserole dish. Keep warm in a low oven. Repeat to cook all the remaining gnudi. Spoon the remaining tomato sauce over the gnudi and serve at once.

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.