Rustic Malfatti

These tender dumplings typify Italian simplicity: Quality ingredients and just a few steps make for a delicious dish. Each...
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Rustic Malfatti
Ed Anderson

Rustic Malfatti

These tender dumplings typify Italian simplicity: Quality ingredients and just a few steps make for a delicious dish. Each ingredient shines through with clarity. The spinach lends earthiness, while the eggs create richness. A simple coating of melted butter brings a soft sweetness to the dish. In this method, the dough is gently dropped into simmering water by the spoonful and poached. — Jenn Louis, author of Pasta By Hand: A Collection of Italy’s Regional Hand-Shaped Pasta.

4
Servings
331
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

Sauce pairings: Rustic malfatti pair best with melted butter or tomato sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2 Pounds fresh spinach, stemmed
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 Teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1¼ Cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • Sauce of your choice

Directions

Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with ice and cold water. Bring a large pot filled with generously salted water to a boil over medium-high heat.

Add the spinach and blanch until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove immediately from the pot with tongs and transfer to the ice bath. When cool, drain the spinach in a colander. Place the spinach in a kitchen towel and wring until mostly dry; a bit of residual moisture is fine.

Set a medium-mesh strainer over a large bowl. In a blender or food processor, process the eggs and spinach until smooth. Strain the spinach-egg mixture into the bowl. Discard the solids left in the strainer.

Add the salt and flour to the strained spinach-egg mixture, gently folding with a rubber spatula until the dough is cohesive and has the consistency of thick pancake batter.

(To store, refrigerate, in a bowl covered with plastic wrap, for up to 1 day. Do not freeze malfatti.)

Bring another large pot filled with generously salted water to a simmer over medium-high heat. Using two tablespoons, drop dollops of dough into the simmering water and cook until the malfatti float to the surface, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove immediately with a slotted spoon and finish with your choice of sauce. Serve right away.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
12g
17%
Sugar
14g
16%
Carbohydrate, by difference
47g
36%
Protein
13g
28%
Vitamin A, RAE
598µg
85%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
41mg
55%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
940µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
435mg
44%
Choline, total
26mg
6%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Fluoride, F
1µg
0%
Folate, total
154µg
39%
Iron, Fe
9mg
50%
Magnesium, Mg
159mg
50%
Manganese, Mn
3mg
100%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
313mg
45%
Selenium, Se
14µg
25%
Sodium, Na
307mg
20%
Water
215g
8%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Rustic Shopping Tip

Purchase ingredients that can be used in a variety of dishes in bulk, in order to minimize waste and save money.

Rustic Cooking Tip

Do all your prep in advance, and use three bowls: one for all your ingredients, one for all your prep, and one for all your refuse. Staying organized can help you put out meals faster.