I always come to a perusing screeching halt when I see gnocchi listed on a menu. What’s not to love about these fluffy little pillows of potato usually floating under some wonderful blanket of sauce? Well, except that I always seem to forget how not light they are sitting in my stomach after I’ve polished off a plate of them.
That’s why when I ran across a blog post for homemade ricotta gnocchi, I shared it on the Bistro OneSix’s Facebook page as a easy bookmark and reminder that this was on my to-make list. Plus it gave me an excuse to check off something else I’ve been meaning to do for a long time – make my own ricotta. So when some foodie friends recently had a baby, and I was looking for something interesting to take to them that didn’t even come close to resembling a casserole, this recipe came to mind.
Homemade Ricotta Gnocchi
Taken from The Naptime Chef Blog
2 cups good quality ricotta cheese (homemade if you’re really feeling ambitious)
3 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, finely grated
1 cup all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
Bring a large pan of salted water to a boil. While the water is heating up, mix together the ricotta, Parmesan, flour and salt in a mixing bowl with a wooden spoon. I had to add a little water in here too as my homemade ricotta was drier than what you get commercially. Lightly flour your hands and roll out the dough into thin sausages about ¼″ thick. Be careful not to add too much flour on your hands or the surface of the counter as this will make the gnocchi tough. Cut gnocchi with a sharp knife into pieces about ¾˝ long. Drop into boiling water and cook for a minute, or until they float to the surface. Remove from the water with a slotted spoon and place in serving bowls. Top with sauce of your choice (shown here with some of my homemade marinara).
Although it escaped me until now, how appropriate that I made a recipe from a blog named The Naptime Chef for friends that are new parents. While their time might be more limited these days, I’m guessing their love of good food and passion for cooking it isn’t. Maybe this will turn out to be a good addition for their new addition.