Introduction: Ricotta & Spinach Gnocchi

Last year I went to a friend's wedding and one of the things we had at the restaurant was ricotta and spinach gnocchi. 
It sounded really fancy but all I could think of was: gnocchi without potatoes? Really?!
Potatoes are the main feature of gnocchi so I thought that this new version's taste would be very poor...boy, was I wrong!
It was so good that I had to find a way to make that recipe at home and here it is!

I believe that it is much lighter than the potato one, you can really feel it as you eat it. Let's not forget that eating spinach is healthy and I bet that even people (including children) who don't like spinach will love this recipe!
It's delicious and even though handmade pasta is usually quite long to make, gnocchi is super fast!

Step 1: Ingredients

  • 100 gr (1 cup) spinach
  • 200 gr (1 cup) ricotta
  • 125 gr (1 cup) all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 40 gr (a little less than 1/2 cup) parmesan cheese

Step 2: Mixing

The first thing you have to do is cooking your spinach in water as you normally do.
When your spinach is not as hot anymore, squeeze it with your hands to remove as much water as possible. Spinach retain a lot of water so you may have to squeeze it more than once.

Put your spinach with ricotta in a mixer and mix them together.
Add the egg and parmesan cheese and keep mixing until you obtain a green "sauce".

If you don't have a mixer, you can chop your spinach and mix it with the other ingredients using a fork.

Step 3: The Dough

The mix you have now is still too soft and wet so take it out from the mixer and put it on a surface (it's better if it's in wood).
Add the flour and mix everything with your hands.

You will probably need to add some more flour because the dough is still quite wet, but don't mix it too much otherwise it will keep getting wet and we don't want to add too much flour.
Simply stop mixing once you have formed a dough.

Step 4: Cut the Gnocchi

Now cut a little piece of dough. You will work with small pieces of dough at a time, it's much easier and faster this way.

Spread some flour on the surface you are working on so that the dough won't stick to it, and start to make a thin snake using the palm of your hands.
The thicker the snake is, the bigger your gnocchi will be.
I prefer my gnocchi small so I tend to make it quite thin, about 1,5cm (0.59 inches). 
Don't worry anyway, it doesn't have to be perfect.

Take a knife and cut the dough snake in many little pieces, about 2cm (0.78 inches) long.
These pieces are your gnocchis, and no, they don't have to be too perfect either! :)
Spread some other flour on them if you think that they could stick together.

Keep making more gnocchi working on small pieces of dough at a time until it's finished.

Step 5: Time to Cook!

All you have to do now is cooking your gnocchi in boiling (and salted) water just like all kinds of pasta.
You will notice that gnocchi will go to the bottom of the pot as soon as you dip them in water and it will take them just a few minutes before going up.
So remove them from the water as soon as they start floating, this means that they are ready!

Serve with a good tomato sauce, the classic butter and sage or whatever you like!
Enjoy them!! :)

Comments

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mazzinga made it! (author)2015-02-03

These were great! I think I over did it with the flour though- the consistency could've been lighter. Tasty!

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922015-02-03

They look really good, I'm glad you tried and liked them! :)
Both ricotta and spinach tend to release a lot of water so it's important to not knead the dough too much. This way you don't have to add more flour. Anyways, your gnocchi turned out great so I wouldn't worry about it! ;) Thanks for sharing the photo!

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Natalina made it! (author)2014-04-08

Mine didn't turn out quite as pretty as yours, but they tasted great! Served with a tomato basil cream sauce. Thanks for sharing!

One thing I found is that freezing them before cooking makes it easier, as they are less likely to fall apart.

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922014-04-08

Who cares about the look as long as they taste good :D But you shouldn't worry about that because yours look different but great!! Your photo has just given me the idea of trying something like that as vegetarian meatballs instead...I think that would be good too.

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jhartbev made it! (author)2014-02-27

oh I drowned them in flour.its more about the weight of the gnocchi if you stack them in a bowl.as I previously said, I mitigated this problem by spreading them as a single layer on a plate.

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jhartbev made it! (author)2014-02-26

This turned out great:) thanks for sharing the recipe.i served this with a pesto cream sauce. this gnocchi itself doesnt have a strong flavor but a wonderful texture.a tip though dont stack your gnocchi..it will squish into a ball.so spread it on a plate in a single layer and youll be golden.

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922014-02-27

I'm so glad you liked it, thank you!! If you put enough flour on them they won't stick to each other...and if you are still worried that they do, pour a little bit of olive oil in the boiling water. It has always worked for me. I hope this helps :)

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Aretz made it! (author)2013-10-13

I MUST try this. It sounds delicious, not too difficult, and I'm sure everyone in the house will eat it. I prefer making my own food rather than buying prepackaged, processed food; ingredient lists these days scare me.

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-10-14

You are so right, plus already made gnocchi (just like many other types of food) never taste as good as the homemade ones.
Let me know how it turns out, I am sure you'll love it! :)

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bluminki made it! (author)2013-10-09

dont worry, i ate dogs snuck once (chocolate). They was amazing^^

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-10-09

lol I hope my gnocchi tastes better though!

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bluminki made it! (author)2013-10-09

uh, it looks litlle like dog snacks with ketchup;P

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-10-09

Really? :(

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anoukkantelberg made it! (author)2013-10-05

How many people will this amount serve?

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-10-05

I'd say about 2 people :)

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Muhaiminah Faiz made it! (author)2013-10-05

wow Linda! it looks delicious! can't wait to try this recipe. :)

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-10-05

Thank you Muhaiminah!! Let me know how it turns out! :)

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Raycaster made it! (author)2013-10-04

traditionally a patterned dowel is used to lightly roll each gnocchi after they are cut. this adds ridges like in rigatoni and helps catch some of the sauce. when I make gnocchi, I use a fork to do the same thing. they end up looking pretty much like the gnocchi at the store, but of course home made its so much better! this recipe looks really good.

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-10-05

Thanks! Yes, I know what you are talking about, my mother used to do the same with a fork but she stopped because it took longer, plus not much changed. Of course everybody is free to do that if they want :)

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)2013-10-04

Oooh, yummy! My husband doesn't really like normal gnocchi, maybe I'll get him to try this :D

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-10-04

Thank you Nicole :) I believe that this version has a more delicate flavor, I hope your husband likes it! If he doesn't, you'll have more to eat for yourself haha :D

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