Recipe For Spinach And Ricotta Gnocchi

Squodgy spinach gnocchi with sage butter - Extracted from Food For Your Brood by Sam Gates (Struik Lifestyle)
Squodgy spinach gnocchi with sage butter – Extracted from Food For Your Brood by Sam Gates (Struik Lifestyle)

Every now and then my heart smiles because of my blogging. One of those occasions was when I received the following email:

Hi Tandy

My son has just forwarded a link to your review of my book ‘Food for your brood’ and I wanted to say thank you!

It’s the first big review I have seen and it was so exciting to hear that you had taken the time to cook some of the recipes and liked them.

The feedback and comments are helpful too, as it’s my first book, so it is great to hear what people think.

I’m busy working on another book now, and will be in beautiful Cape Town next week to shoot sample pictures and do some publicity (I can’t wait to see the mountain again!)

Thanks again, and good luck with the blog which I really enjoyed.

Best wishes

Sam

I let Sam know that I had made three of her recipes, and that I would be sharing them on the blog soon. The Spinach And Ricotta Gnocchi were delicious, and this would definitely be something I would make again. They are easy to make, and so versatile that I think you could use any leafy green for these.

Spinach And Ricotta Gnocchi
Spinach And Ricotta Gnocchi

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Recipe For Spinach And Ricotta Gnocchi
 
Perfect pillows of spinach and ricotta gnocchi
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Ingredients
  • 400g baby spinach leaves, rinsed
  • 5g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 250g ricotta cheese
  • Nutmeg to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 40g Parmesan, grated
  • 50g flour
To make
  • Water for boiling
  • Salt for the water
  • Semolina for rolling
To serve
  • 50g butter
  • 4 fresh sage leaves, finely sliced
  • 40g Parmesan, finely grated
Method
  1. Place the butter into a large frying pan over a medium temperature
  2. Once the butter has melted, cook the spinach until wilted, tossing as you go along
  3. Leave to cool and then squeeze out the excess moisture
  4. Chop finely and set aside
  5. Place the eggs into a bowl
  6. Whisk until frothy
  7. Add the ricotta and a little bit of nutmeg to taste
  8. Stir in to combine
  9. Season and then add the Parmesan and flour
  10. Stir to combine before adding the spinach
  11. Stir to combine and adjust the seasoning if necessary
  12. Cover the bowl with clingfilm and place into the fridge for 2 hours
To make
  1. Cover the bottom of a bowl with semolina
  2. Sprinkle semolina onto a baking tray
  3. Measure a teaspoon of the gnocchi mixture and drop into the bowl
  4. Dust with the semolina
  5. Use a gnocchi board to shape if you have one, or roll using a fork
  6. Once shaped, set onto the baking tray
  7. Carry on doing this until all the gnocchi are made
  8. Preheat the oven to 40° Celsius
  9. Add water to a large sauce pan and bring to the boil
  10. Add a generous pinch of salt once the water is boiling
To serve
  1. Place the butter and sage leaves into an oven proof dish
  2. Place the dish into the oven to allow the butter to melt - about 4 minutes
  3. Reduce the temperature of the water so that it is at a rolling simmer
  4. Gently drop 6 of the gnocchi into the water using a slotted spoon
  5. When they rise to the top (about 2 minutes), remove using the slotted spoon
  6. Gently place into a colander to drain
  7. Repeat until you have cooked all the gnocchi
  8. Put the gnocchi into the melted butter
  9. Sprinkle with the Parmesan
  10. Gently roll them over to cover with the butter
  11. Place back into the oven to heat

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Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Random House South Africa and this recipe formed part of the review and is published with permission. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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40 thoughts on “Recipe For Spinach And Ricotta Gnocchi

  1. They’re just gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Tammy 🙂

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  2. That is so cool that she contacted you. And I can’t believe I haven’t had gnocchi in quite some time. I may have to give this recipe a try.

    Kia / The House of KTS
    http://www.houseofkts.com

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    1. It is so worth making Kia 🙂

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  3. I love gnocchi, spinach and ricotta sounds so good!

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    1. These were a great combination 🙂

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    2. The gnocchi looks wonderful. I definitely will try it.

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      1. Hope you enjoy them Pat 🙂

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  4. The gnocchi looks amazing!

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    1. Thanks Pam 🙂

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  5. This gnocchi does look most excellent. What a nice email to receive, would love t get a few of those as well, very sweet.

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    1. It was very sweet Laura 🙂

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  6. Gnocchi is something I always order in a restaurant and have never attempted at home. I will have to give it a try soon. Thank you for the inspiration!
    Cali @ Cali’s Cuisine sharing the blog ♥ Oven Roasted Rosemary Potato FriesMy Profile

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    1. Hope they are better than the ones you have eaten out 🙂

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  7. I’ve only tried making gnocchi once before and it was a hopeless flop. It was edible but I didn’t enjoy the texture at all. Now I’m too scared to make it again. 🙁 xx

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    1. Try these, they worked better than any I have done before 🙂

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  8. That’s lovely Tandy 🙂 I will have to try this recipe – I love ricotta gnocchi – so much easier than the potato variety and I have a bounty of spinach in the garden so thanks!! Jan x
    Jan (A gluttonous wife) sharing the blog ♥ In my kitchen July 2015My Profile

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    1. So glad you can make good use of your abundance 🙂

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  9. This looks absolutely delicious and easy to make. I will definitely print this out and give it a try. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Hope you enjoy them Susan 🙂

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  10. wow,damn deliicous!!!
    this spinach ricotta gnocchi is totally worth to try!!!

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    1. Hope you do try them Dedy 🙂

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  11. That gnocchi looks crazy delicious!! And that’s such a sweet email to receive 🙂

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    1. The email really made my day 🙂

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  12. Oh yum!! I adore gnocchi in any form, but these sound especially marvelous. 🙂
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    1. They are Krista 🙂

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  13. Ooh those look good – and what a lovely e-mail from Sam!

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    1. The email was such a nice thought 🙂

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  14. I’ve been in the mood to make homemade pasta and these gnocchi sound so good!

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    1. And you can make them using kale 🙂

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  15. Must be really nice to read a review of your own book, and very sweet of her to thank you for trying the recipe.
    Spinach gnocchi are very good, never tried them with ricotta. I must give it a go!

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    1. Please let me know how they taste Emanuele 🙂

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  16. Uh-oh…Julie alert! For some reason, she’s always fascinated by gnocchi dishes. Yours is just looking amazing! I love cheese!!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx
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    1. Thanks Alesah 🙂

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  17. That is so nice! Often people forget to say thanks and it can be a bit disappointing. Not that you expect it but it’s such a nice gesture and doesn’t require much.
    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella sharing the blog ♥ A Three Course Dinner From Scratch in One Hour & Win A Year’s Supply of Circa Home Candles!My Profile

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    1. A simple gesture like this has a lasting impact, and you are right, it does not take much 🙂

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  18. What love filled appreciation from Sam and the gnocchi looks heavenly.
    Have a happy Monday Tandy.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    1. Thanks Mandy xx

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  19. How delightful, isnt that wonderful when we get acknowledged by the author. Go you! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Anna, it was such a great thing 🙂

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