Introducing our delicious Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi, a luxurious treat that perfectly balances exquisite lightness with delicious richness. Crafted with care and expertise, our gnocchi combine the delicate flavors of spinach and creamy ricotta to create a truly heavenly experience for your taste buds.
Each cuddly-soft gnocchi is carefully handcrafted to ensure a melt-in-your-mouth consistency. Whether enjoyed as a comforting dish on its own or paired with a delicious sauce, these gnocchi offer a culinary experience that is both comforting and extravagant.
- 200g young spinach, washed
- small handful of parsley leaves, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 140g ricotta
- 85g flour
- 2 eggs
- 100g freshly grated vegetarian Parmesan cheese, plus some cheese for serving
- Freshly grated nutmeg
- Olive oil and arugula for serving
- Bring the kettle to a boil.
- Place the spinach in a large bowl and pour boiling water over it.
- Let sit until wilted, 2 minutes, then drain thoroughly.
- Allow to cool and then wrap a clean tea towel around the spinach.
- Hold it over the sink and squeeze out as much water as possible.
- Chop the spinach finely.
- Place spinach, parsley, garlic, ricotta, flour, eggs, cheese and a generous grater of nutmeg in a large bowl.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Stir very thoroughly with a fork until completely combined.
- Form walnut-sized balls out of the mixture with wet hands.
- Place the gnocchi balls on a large plate or tray.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- When ready to cook, heat oven until warm and bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium and add gnocchi in batches of about 8-10 at a time.
- They sink to the bottom, and when they rise, give them about 1 minute more.
- Remove the gnocchi with a slotted spoon and keep warm while you cook the rest.
- Serve the gnocchi on warm plates drizzled with olive oil.
- Sprinkle with arugula and more cheese.
Equipment and tools
For this recipe you will need the following equipment and tools:
- Big pot
- Sharp knife
- A garlic press
- mixing bowl
- wooden spoon
- Measuring cups and spoons
- frying pan
This spinach ricotta gnocchi recipe contains the following allergens:
- Dairy products: Ricotta cheese, Parmesan-style cheese
- Gluten: plain flour
Please exercise caution and check for any special dietary needs or restrictions.
Storage and leftovers
If you have leftovers or want to make this recipe in advance, here are some storage tips:
- Store leftover cooked gnocchi in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Gently heat the gnocchi in a pot with a little olive oil or butter.
- You can also freeze the cooked gnocchi for up to 2 months. Place them in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet until frozen, then transfer them to a freezer bag or container. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
Remember to always reheat thoroughly before consuming.
Enjoy your spinach ricotta gnocchi with a sprinkle of extra parmesan cheese on top, drizzled with olive oil and served with a side of arugula.
Health Benefits of Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi
Spinach and ricotta gnocchi are not only a delicious and filling dish, but they are also full of health benefits. This article explores the nutritional benefits of this delicious Italian specialty.
1. Rich in antioxidants
Spinach, one of the main ingredients in this dish, is a powerhouse of antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from oxidative stress caused by free radicals, which can lead to chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Spinach contains various antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene and lutein that promote overall health.
2. Excellent source of vitamins and minerals
Spinach is a nutrient-dense vegetable that provides important vitamins and minerals. It is particularly rich in vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and iron. These nutrients are important for maintaining healthy bones, vision, immune function and general well-being.
3. Promotes digestive health
Gnocchi made from ricotta cheese provides a good amount of fiber. Fiber is crucial for healthy digestion and helps prevent constipation. It supports bowel regularity and helps maintain a healthy gut microbiota, which has a positive impact on overall digestive health.
4. High protein content
Ricotta cheese is an excellent source of protein, essential for building and repairing tissues, producing enzymes and hormones, and maintaining a strong immune system. Incorporating protein into your meals can help you feel full and prevent overeating. Additionally, protein is crucial for muscle growth and development.
5. Weight management
Spinach and ricotta gnocchi can be a useful addition to a weight control diet. Spinach is a low-calorie and low-fat vegetable, while ricotta cheese is relatively low in calories compared to other cheeses. Combined with moderate portions of flour and eggs, this dish can be a filling and tasty option for anyone watching their weight.
6. Nutrient-rich alternative
Traditional potato gnocchi recipes often rely heavily on refined white flour. In contrast, spinach and ricotta gnocchi offer a more nutrient-dense alternative. By incorporating spinach, parsley, and ricotta cheese into the recipe, this variation increases the overall nutritional value of the dish without sacrificing flavor or texture.
Enjoying spinach ricotta gnocchi not only satisfies your taste buds but also provides you with a number of health benefits. From antioxidants to vitamins and minerals, this dish can contribute to your overall well-being while providing a delicious culinary experience. Try adding a drizzle of olive oil and a handful of arugula leaves to complete this nutritious meal.