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Delicious Ricotta Gnocchi: Made with 8 Simple Ingredients

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Ricotta Gnocchi

Delicious Ricotta Gnocchi Recipe:

Delicious Ricotta Gnocchi, fluffy pillows of tender pasta boiled to perfection and topped with a meat and tomato sauce make any weeknight dinner cozy and delicious. Unlike traditional Gnocchi made from potatoes, this ricotta gnocchi is made with mostly ricotta cheese resulting in a higher protein and lower carbohydrate option. Garlic and Italian seasoning pack each tender pillow with dynamic flavor. Although this is a slightly more time consuming recipe, you will find that all the work is worth it. Once you try these ricotta gnocchi it will quickly become a family favorite and find its way into your regular meal rotation.

Delicious Ricotta Gnocchi Make Instruction:

  • Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil.

Ricotta cheese will contain differing amounts of moisture based on brand and will influence the amount of flour that you will need. To reduce the amount of flour regardless of brand use cheesecloth or a fine strainer to drain excess moisture. (This is not something that I personally don’t do, but I know some people swear by this.)  

Additionally, ricotta cheese comes in whole milk options as well as skim, part skim or low fat. While any milk content can be used, if you use a part skim or low fat option will give you the same great flavor with fewer calories and less fat. I usually buy the part skim Frigo brand.

  • Combine ricotta, eggs, salt, pepper, garlic, Italian seasoning and parmesan in a medium mixing bowl. 
  • Add flour to the above mixture until it holds together well without being overly sticky.

As you roll out the ricotta gnocchi you will want to ensure that you have extra flour readily available as the flour that was added in the bowl gets worked into the dough. Having flour on hand helps keep the dough manageable, and helps you avoid a sticky doughy mess.

  • Place dough on a floured counter or work surface and divide into 4 sections.
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  • Take one section and roll into a long rope about ½ an inch in diameter. Once the rope is a fairly uniform size, cut it into ¼-⅓ inch long chunks. Flour the knife as you go to avoid the dough sticking to it.
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  • Repeat with the other 3 sections of dough. 
  • Add to a pot of boiling water. Let cook for a few minutes. Once they float they’re done!

Delicious Ricotta Gnocchi more :

These can be served with butter and parmesan or with a sauce of your choice. Pictured below is a butternut squash pasta sauce with Italian sausage. Keep in mind that the sodium content of the sauce and any meat you use makes a difference. If you are following the DASH diet, look for low-sodium sauces and low-sodium meat options. The picture at the top of this post is ricotta gnocchi with pesto and fresh tomatoes. On its own this recipe is DASH diet friendly, but what you choose to put on it can change that. 

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Ricotta Gnocchi

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Ingredients Delicious Ricotta Gnocchi:

  • 8 oz. Ricotta
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup finely grated Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 ½  teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 cup Flour plus some more

Instructions of Recipe Ricotta Gnocchi:

  1. Combine ricotta, egg, parmesan, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.
  2. Add flour until the dough holds together without being overly sticky. 
  3. Place dough on a floured counter or work surface and divide into 4 sections.
  4. Take one section and roll into a long rope about ½ an inch in diameter.
  5. Once the rope is a fairly uniform size, cut it into ¼-⅓ inch long chunks. Flour the knife as you cut to avoid the dough sticking to it.
  6. Repeat with the other 3 sections of dough. 
  7. Add to a pot of boiling water.
  8. Let cook for a few minutes. Once they float they’re done!  
  9. Serve with sauce of your choice or butter and parmesan.

Note: This is a recipe that I came across a number of years ago looking to find a way to use up some leftover ricotta. I have adapted it from this recipe found at All Recipes. This recipe is also DASH diet friendly.

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