I love the idea of homemade gnocchi, but it’s a lot of work to make the traditional variety since you have to spend time cooking and mashing the potatoes first. So this ricotta spinach gnocchi is the perfect quick alternative in my opinion! And (even despite the green color) my kids love this one so much they even had the leftovers for breakfast the other day. :)
Easy Spinach Gnocchi Recipe
- 1 10-pz package frozen spinach
- 1 ½ cups ricotta cheese whole-milk
- ¾ cup parmesan cheese grated
- 1 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour + more for dusting
- 1 egg
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
Defrost the frozen spinach and squeeze out ALL excess liquid. Put the spinach, ricotta, parmesan, flour and egg in the food processor and pulse until well combined.
Plop the dough in one pile on a floured cutting board. Sprinkle more flour on top until the dough no longer sticks to your hands. Divide into 3 or 4 pieces and roll each one into a thin log about 1-inch in diameter. Cut the logs into 1 to 1 ½” sized chunks and toss with a little more flour.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and slide in the pieces of dough. Cook until all are floating and done all the way through when cut in half, about 3 to 5 minutes. Drain and toss with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve with either a high quality store bought tomato sauce or a homemade one.