How to: Ricotta Gnocchi

Last night I tackled the challenge of making ricotta gnocchi and I have to say, using ricotta is MUCH easier than using potatoes. Now, the flavors are a bit different, but this recipe adaptation from Gourmet Magazine is still impressive and only took about 15-20 minutes to prep. Then once the gnocchi were in the boiling water, dinner was ready!

Ricotta Gnocchi with Rosemary and Brown Butter

2 cups whole-milk ricotta (1 pound)
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, divided
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting counter
1/2 stick unsalted butter
1 long rosemary sprig
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup pine nuts (optional)

Stir together ricotta, eggs, 1 cup cheese, nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Add flour, stirring to form a soft, wet dough.

Over medium-high heat, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

While water is heating, shape dough on a well-floured surface with lightly floured hands into 2 (1-inch-thick) ropes. Cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces with a lightly floured knife. Put in 1 layer on a lightly floured baking sheet.

Cook gnocchi in 2 batches once the water is boiling, adding a few at a time to pot and stirring occasionally, until cooked through (cut one in half to check), 3 to 4 minutes per batch (they will begin to float when cooked). Lift out with a slotted spoon and drain in colander.

Meanwhile, cook butter with rosemary in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-low heat until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Toss in pine nuts and toast for about 1-2 minutes (you don’t want the pine nuts to brown)

Toss gnocchi with brown butter in skillet and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Season with salt.

Enjoy!

1 Comment

Filed under Food, How To, Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegetarian

One response to “How to: Ricotta Gnocchi

  1. joejhorn

    Love the blog, always enjoy reading it. I really like these gnocchi. I just made a gnocchi with choux pastry for the first time and it was incredible. Come take a look if you have a chance and let me know what you think. http://cookingquest.wordpress.com

    Thanks so much!

    Joe

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