Ricotta Gnocchi

Rolling Ricotta Gnocchi

Forming Ricotta Gnocchi

Yield:  4 servings


15 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese

1 large egg

4 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

6 Tablespoons Flour

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs


Directions for making dough::

1.  Line a colander set over a large mixing bowl with cheesecloth.  Place ricotta in lined colander and drain in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

2.  Place ricotta in large bowl, and stir in egg, basil, salt and pepper .

3.  Fold in in cheese, panko and flour to form a smooth and moist dough.

4.  If dough is sticky add flour 1 Tablespoon at a time until dough can be handled.

5.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill dough for 15 minutes.


Directions for rolling dough:                                                                                                                                                   

Dough rolled into a rope

Dough rolled into a rope


1.  Place dough on a lightly floured work surface and use a bench scraper or knife to cut the dough into fourths.

2.  Roll each piece of dough into a long rope about 3/4 inch in diameter.

3.  Using a knife, cut the rope into 1 inch long pieces.

4.  Using a gnocchi paddle, press the wooden dowel into the one  inch dough  piece, and push it off the board.  This will create a small indentation in the dough and  also make ridges on the dough.

You may have to flour the gnocchi paddle  and the dowel pin so the dough does not stick.

5,  Place gnocchi on a parchment lined pan dusted  lightly floured .

If  not using right away, place pan in the freezer until  gnocchi are frozen, and then bag, seal ,and label.


Flour paddle and dowel before rolling gnocchi

Flour paddle and dowel before rolling gnocchi

Directions for cooking:

1.  Fill a large pot with water and heat on high heat to simmer.

2.  Generously salt the water and add the gnocchi in batches.

3.  Cook until they rise to the surface, then cook another 2 minutes.

4.  Using a slotted spoon, remove gnocchi to drain and transfer to a large serving bowl.  Add remaining gnocchi to the water and cook.

5.  To serve, toss with sauce and serve immediately.




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