Unlocking Italian Comfort: The Secret to Effortless Ricotta Gnocchi

In the realm of Italian gastronomy, few dishes elicit the same feelings of comfort and satisfaction as a plate of tender, pillowy gnocchi. Traditionally crafted using potatoes, these delightful dumplings are often regarded as a labor of love, demanding meticulous preparation and precision. But what if I told you there’s a way to savor that same homemade goodness with significantly less effort? Enter: Ricotta Gnocchi.

This recipe is a culinary revelation, ingeniously substituting potatoes with creamy ricotta cheese to streamline the process without compromising on flavor or texture. With just a handful of simple ingredients – including a generous helping of grated Parmesan cheese for that unmistakable savory kick – you can effortlessly whip up a batch of these delicate gnocchi in no time.

However, the magic of ricotta gnocchi doesn’t stop there. Nestled within the dough lies a secret ingredient: a pinch of nutmeg. This seemingly modest addition imparts a subtle yet transformative flavor, infusing each bite with a warm, aromatic essence that elevates the dish to new heights of gastronomic delight.

Yet, the true beauty of ricotta gnocchi lies not only in its simplicity but also in its versatility. Once cooked to perfection, you’re presented with a tantalizing choice: you can opt for the classic approach, gently tossing the gnocchi in your favorite sauce for a comforting, soul-nourishing meal. Alternatively, for a delightful twist, consider briefly sautéing the gnocchi in a pan before saucing, allowing them to develop a delicate golden crust that adds a delightful textural contrast to each bite.

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a culinary novice, this recipe is destined to become a beloved staple in your kitchen repertoire. So why not embark on a culinary adventure and give it a try? With ricotta gnocchi, the essence of homemade Italian goodness is just a few simple steps away, promising a symphony of flavors and textures that will leave your taste buds singing with delight.

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Ricotta Gnocchi

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  • Author: The Kilted Chef
  • Yield: Serves 4


Units Scale
  • 1 15 ounce container ricotta cheese
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • pinch of nutmeg


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Place the ricotta into a cheesecloth bag and gently squeeze out all of the liquid.
  3. Combine the egg yolks and the ricotta and stir to combine.
  4. Add in the flour, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and nutmeg, mix until the dough holds together, add more flour if the dough is too sticky.
  5. Use your hands to shape the dough into a round disc, divide in 4 and roll into a rope around 3/4 of an inch in diameter.
  6. Cut the gnocchi into bite sized pieces, toss lightly in flour and continue until all of the dough has been cut.
  7. Drop the gnocchi into the boiling water and cook until the gnocchi floats, about 30 seconds are so.
  8. Drain the gnocchi and toss in your favorite sauce.
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