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  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 4-6 servings per gnocchi recipe 1x

Ingredients

Ingredients for the Gnocchi di Spinaci:

  • 2 pounds spinach, blanched and drained
  • 2 cups “00” (or all purpose) flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano cheese, grated
  • 16 ounces ricotta asciutta (dry ricotta)
  • 1/8 cup flat leaf parsley, blanched and squeezed dry
  • 1/8 cup basil, blanched and squeezed
  • 4 ounces melted butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Ingredients for the Gnocchi di Ricotta:

  • 1 pound ricotta asciutta (dry ricotta)
  • 2/3 cups “00” (or all purpose) flour, sifted
  • 1/4 cup Parmigiano cheese, grated
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Nutmeg, to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the Sauce:

  • 8 ounces butter
  • 2 sprigs marjoram

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Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Blanch the spinach, basil, and parsley for 3 minutes. Cool them in ice water. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Chop finely. Add the eggs and butter, and whip together. Add the Parmigiano. Finally, mix in the flour. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand for 1 hour in the refrigerator to firm up. Remove the mixture from the refrigerator and (on a well-floured surface) form balls of about 1/2 ounce each.
  2. Use the same procedure to prepare the ricotta gnocchi, mixing all the ingredients with the help of a spatula. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand for 1 hour in the refrigerator to firm up. Remove the mixture from the refrigerator and (on a well-floured surface) form balls of about 1/2 ounce each.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the gnocchi for about 5 minutes. In the meantime, melt the butter with the marjoram. Add the gnocchi to the pan with the butter and serve immediately.

Notes

1. Total time to prepare was 2 hours, but please note there is also 1 hour rest time in the refrigerator.

2. Ricotta asciutta is “dry” ricotta. If you must use fresh ricotta, place in a sieve or cheese cloth in the refrigerator for a least a few hours to allow some of the moisture to drain. If the ricotta is too wet, it will be difficult to form the gnocchi. Since the moisture levels will vary, you will need to adjust flour levels accordingly. The end result should be light and fluffy, so be careful not to add too much flour.