Ricotta Gnocchi - Takes less time to make and much lighter than traditional potato gnocchi. The dough comes together in minutes and takes less than five minutes to cook.
Served with a simple tomato sauce, you’’ll have an easy and delicious dinner ready in no time!
Gnocchi freezes well so make some extras! Spread the gnocchi out on a sheet pan and place in the freezer until firm. Transfer to a freezer bag or container. Frozen gnocchi can be put directly into boiling water to cook.
Ingredients 1 lb (15 oz) ricotta cheese 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese 2 eggs ( 1 egg, 1 egg yolk) 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 1/2 - 2 cups all-purpose flour
Sauce: 1 Tablespoon olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 (28oz) can tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes Salt and pepper to taste 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese Optional garnish Basil or parsley
If ricotta has a lot of liquid: Drain ricotta in a strainer set over a bowl while you gather your ingredients to drain excess liquid.
Sauce: Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or skillet. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté for about a minute. Add tomato sauce and simmer on low heat while you prepare the dough.
Bring a large pot of water to boil.
Dough: In a large bowl, add ricotta, parmesan, 1 egg and 1 egg yolk, salt, pepper and stir until combined with a fork. Add 1/2 cup of flour and gently mix. Add more flour, 1/2 cup at a time, and mix together.
Using your hands, knead until a soft dough forms (don’t over mix). The amount of flour will depend on how wet the ricotta is.
Divide the dough into few pieces and roll into ropes on a floured surface. Cut each rope into 1-inch pieces. (Can press down with a back of the fork to get groove marks)
Once water comes to a boil, add some salt. Add gnocchi and cook until they float to top, cooking in batches if needed. Use a slotted spoon to transfer into the sauce.
Stir about 1/2 cup of the pasta water to sauce. Taste and add salt, pepper and parmesan cheese as needed. Garnish with parmesan cheese and optional herbs before serving.