Monday, July 7, 2008

Meatless Monday - Ricotta Gnocchi

Here I was thinking I was so clever with "Meatless Monday", and the folks at Meatless Monday beat me to it, erm, five years ago. It's a great site with recipes for healthy meals. Check it out!

My Meatless Monday this week was Ricotta Gnocchi adapted from an old Sunset Pasta cookbook.

2 packages frozen chopped spinach
2 eggs
1 lb ricotta cheese
1 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1 cup grated parmesan
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
Dash pepper
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp dry basil

Cook spinach according to package directions, drain, squeezing the water out. In large bowl beat eggs. Add ricotta and mix well. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Roll mixture into 1-1/2" balls, dust in flour, and set on a cookie sheet.

Pop half the balls into boiling, salted water. Return to a gentle boil, and cook 10 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain well. Keep warm while cooking the rest.

I made a tomato sauce from the same book that I seriously doctored in the end. It actually turned out ok, and I spooned it over the gnocchi, sprinkled it with parmesan, and baked it at 350 for 10 minutes.

The star of the show was the gnocchi, though. We had leftover strawberry shortcake for dessert.

Off to search for more strawberry ideas....

1 comment:

Joe Horn said...

Love the blog, always enjoy reading it. I just made a gnocchi with choux pastry for the first time and it was incredible. Come take a look if you have a chance and let me know what you think.

Thanks so much!