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Gnudi (Ricotta Gnocchi)

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"I've made potato-basil gnocchi before and successfully frozen it but thought I'd try the gnocchi less travelled... gnudi. Gnudi are ricotta-based gnocchi, and are usually made with spinach. However, I forgot to buy spinach and thought I'd use up some of my bumper crop of basil. These are delicate, delicious, and surprisingly easy. The recipe is very forgiving. The basil is intense and wonderful with these little cheese dumplings. I used a mix of both Genovese and Amethyst basil and the results were purple and green! Serve with butter, pesto, or chopped fresh tomatoes, capers and olives as either a main course or a side dish"
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45 m servings 270
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add basil and cook uncovered until just wilted, about 1 minute. Immerse in ice water for several minutes to stop the cooking process. Drain. Squeeze very dry and finely chop.
  2. Mix ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup flour, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, egg yolks, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Add basil, white pepper, and salt; mix until gnudi mixture is well-combined.
  3. Dust your hands with remaining 1/4 cup flour and form gnudi mixture into small balls.
  4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add lemon juice. Boil gnudi in batches until they float to the top of the water, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • The boiling water may require skimming and you may need to add additional water.
  • Basil may brown as it boils so don't be surprised if the water turns slightly brown. The gnudi do not turn brown, just the water.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 270 calories; 11 25.7 18.3 130 1119 Full nutrition

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One pound of fresh basil sounds like an awful lot, and being that we are in the dead of winter here in Georgia, my bumper basil crop won't be showing up for a few months. What I used was last ye...

Since I’m all about making things quick I put this in a sturdy ziploc bag, snip the corner of the bag, squeeze and “slice” into little logs right into the boiling water (be careful of splash) Sa...

I used 1 tsp of dried basil and 1 tsp salt. This was great

Turned out amazing! Obviously, I didn't have a pound of basil, but I used a full bun and that worked out great. I added some extra parmesan just because I had it. Served with a butter sauce with...

This was excellent! My entire family loved it. I have goats for milk and make ricotta regularly, so I was very glad to see a recipe that used ricotta. It took me about 40 minutes from the t...