Spinach Ricotta Gnudi – Tender Italian ricotta dumplings filled with spinach and parmesan and topped with a creamy béchamel sauce and kasseri cheese.
Have you ever tried gnudi before? I actually hadn’t even heard of this classic Italian dish until I was researching recipe ideas and was immediately intrigued. Dumplings are so tasty and I thought pairing the ricotta base of gnudi with some spinach, parmesan, and kasseri cheese would be incredible!
I used Stella® Cheeses for all of the cheese in this recipe, which there is a lot of! This spinach ricotta gnudi recipe has 3 different cheeses and is truly a cheese lovers dream come true! I love how authentic Stella® Cheeses are, they take dishes to a whole new level with a touch of historic charm and romantic flavor!
If you haven’t tried Stella® kasseri cheese yet, it is really amazing! It’s a tangy, slightly salty cheese that originated in Greece. It’s a harder cheese that adds a distinctive, strong flavor to an overall subtle dish. That complement of flavors really makes this classic Italian gnudi recipe stand out!
This recipe is so perfect for the holiday season! It doesn’t take too long to make and is a great way to feed a crowd with an elegant, impressive dish!
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Notes on spinach ricotta gnudi recipe
- Rolling the dumplings into balls is much easier that into more of an egg shape. Unlike gnocchi which are typically long a bit more of an egg shape, rolling these into balls is easiest.
- I used Stella®‘s product locator to help find the nearest store to get their cheeses at.
- Cheese on top not browning up? Broil for 2-3 minutes, just watch closely to make sure nothing burns!
Gnudi vs Gnocchi
Gnudi are dumplings made from ricotta while gnocchi are made from a potato base. While both are dumplings, the flavors and texture are quite different!
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Spinach Ricotta Gnudi
Tender Italian ricotta dumplings filled with spinach and parmesan and topped with a creamy béchamel sauce and kasseri cheese.
- 32 oz ricotta
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/2 cup Stella® Parmesan Cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp garlic minced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- pinch of nutmeg
- 2 cups milk
- 3 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1/3 tsp salt
- 1/3 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/3 cup Stella® Kasseri Cheese thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup Stella® Parmesan Cheese
- fresh parsley
In a large mixing bowl, combine ricotta, spinach, egg, parmesan, garlic, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and half of the flour (1 1/2 cups). Stir until well combined.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and preheat oven to 375. While the water is heating, take healping tablespoons of ricotta base and roll in bowl of flour until well coated. Once the water is boiling, place 2-3 dumplings in the water and boil 2-3 minutes. Once boiled, place in a greased dish and set aside.
In a small pot, melt butter for sauce over medium heat. Once melted, stir in flour and let cook for 5 minutes before adding in remaining ingredients. Pour over dumplings and then top with kasseri cheese and parmesan. Bake for 25-27 minutes or until the top begins to brown.