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Ricotta Dumplings

Gnocchi di Ricotta


These are gnocchi as made in the Marches. Unlike potato gnocchi, which are shaped on the tines of a fork and boiled, these are shaped into ovals or eggs using two soup spoons and then baked. They are light and delicious. Chill the mixture first for easier forming.


1 1/3 cups ricotta cheese, well drained

1 cup packed cooked spinach, well squeezed and chopped

1/4 cup diced Fontina cheese

1/4 cup diced Swiss cheese

1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons toasted fresh bread crumbs

2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter, softened

2 large egg yolks, beaten

Salt to taste

1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1 1/2 cups tomato sauce


In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients except the tomato sauce.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Using 2 soup spoons, form gnocchi into oval or egg shapes using a little less than 1/4 cup of the mixture for each. There should be about twenty 2 1/2-inch-long gnocchi. Place them close together, but not touching, in a buttered 13 1/2 by 8-inch baking dish. Cover the gnocchi with the tomato sauce and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until hot. Serve immediately.

Note: Sometimes a white sauce is used in addition to the tomato sauce. Spread the baking dish with the white sauce before adding the gnocchi.


  1. Sue Bumgarner's avatar

    Sue Bumgarner

    Sounds like grandma's dumplings. I had almost forgotten until I saw the picture and read the recipe. I am also looking for grandma's recipe for cheese pie , and saw it is listed here also. Thank you,thank you!

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