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Spinach and Ricotta Gnudi Recipe

This Spinach and Ricotta Gnudi recipe is simple to make and tastes delicious. The Italian balls of creamy ricotta and spinach are perfect served with homemade tomato sauce, it will transport you straight to Italy!

Ingredients (serves 2)

2 cups of fresh ricotta cheese

1 bag of baby spinach leaves

1 large egg, beaten

½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

½ cup of plain flour 

Tomato sauce

1 punnet of cherry tomatoes

1 tin of crushed tomatoes

1 onion, finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic crushed

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Handful of basil leaves, shredded


  1. To make the sauce, gently fry onions in olive oil until translucent. Add the garlic, crushed tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and simmer until the sauce has reduced. Add basil and season with salt and pepper. 
  2. Wilt baby spinach in a saucepan over low heat until reduced down, drain and squeeze out excess water and finely chop.
  3. Once the spinach is cool add the ricotta, parmesan cheese and egg. Mix through and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Roll the mixture into balls about 1.5 inches wide and lightly coat in flour.
  5. Boil a large pot of salted water.
  6. Gently add the gnudi balls and cook for about 5 minutes, the gnudi will float to the top when they are cooked.
  7. Remove gnudi with a slotted spoon, drain well and add to serving bowls.
  8. Top with the homemade tomato sauce and grated Parmesan cheese and extra basil leaves. Serve and enjoy!

ELE tip- depending on the size of your pot, you may need to cook the gnudi in batches to ensure they don’t stick together or get too crowded in the pot.

Love Italian and want more? Click here for a classic Italian Panforte recipe and here for a traditional Italian Fish Stew recipe.

7 comments on “Spinach and Ricotta Gnudi Recipe

  1. Yummy, love it 🙂

  2. I love gnudi and yours looks delicious. Normally I use this recipe:
    https://simplefood4you.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/gnudi-with-pumpkin-burnt-butter-and-sage/ but I am going to give yours a try next time I make it. THanks for sharing. margaret

  3. Yummy 😀

  4. mmm. . . This looks wonderful.

  5. Beautifully presented!

  6. Haven’t heard of Gnudi before, it looks delicious! 😍

    • eatliveescape

      Thank you, it is a lovely alternative to traditional gnocchi or pasta 🧡

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