Spinach Ricotta Gnudi

Spinach Ricotta Gnudi

Spinach Ricotta Gnudi – Tender Italian ricotta dumplings filled with spinach and parmesan and topped with a creamy béchamel sauce and kasseri cheese. An amazingly elegant meal perfect for dinner tonight!

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 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!Stella Kasseri Cheese

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 gnudi 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!

Do you have a creative recipe idea using Stella® cheese? Submit it to Stella®’s “Taste of Authenticity” Recipe Contest” for a chance to win up to $3000.  Enter HERE! I just entered with this Italian Spinach Ricotta Gnudi recipe and I’m sure it’s going to be a winner!

Gnudi Recipe

Tips 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!

Ricotta Gnudi

Make sure to check out the video!


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Spinach Ricotta Gnudi

Spinach Ricotta Gnudi

Tender Italian ricotta dumplings filled with spinach and parmesan and topped with a creamy béchamel sauce and kasseri cheese.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes



  • 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

Béchamel Sauce

  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Looking for desserts to pair with this ricotta gnudi recipe? Make sure to check out my French Palmier Cookies, Spiced Chai Macarons, and Pumpkin Madeleines!

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    November 11, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    I love Stella cheeses. They’re so delicious and one of the reasons I started blogging.

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    November 12, 2017 at 11:48 am

    What a beautiful recipe. I’ve never tried Kasseri cheese but will be. We are big cheese lovers. I’ve also never had gnudi! I’m glad that you told me how it differs from Gnocchi! Gnudi sounds delicious!

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    Jennifer A Stewart
    November 12, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    What a great dish that is different than pasta!!

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    Sandra Shaffer
    November 12, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    I didn’t know there was such a thing called gnudi! I love the cheesy version over the potato option! Such a delicious looking dish!

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    Lisa@Lisa's Dinnertimte Dish
    November 13, 2017 at 9:23 am

    This is such a great recipe! I made gnudi once years ago, but after seeing your recipe, I’m going to have to make them again….SOON!

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    November 13, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Ive only had this at restaurants…. but your video makes them look so easy! Going to give them a try over the weekend! Thanks

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    November 13, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    I’ve never heard of this before but it looks amazing! Definitely going to have to give it a try!

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    November 13, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Good luck! These look amazing. I entered, too 🙂

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)
    November 15, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Looks amazing!!

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    Megan @ MegUnprocessed
    November 15, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    I haven’t heard of these before… looks delish!

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    Carolyn Ingram
    November 17, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    This looks cheesy and delicious!

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    debi at Life Currents
    November 29, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    These look awesome! I will have to add this to my menu for next week – I love all the cheesy about this, but I also love that it has spinach! Oh, and thanks for the contest!

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    Michele @ Bacon Fatte
    November 29, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    LOVE this recipe… It looks so warm and wonderful. You just can’t beat a deliciously cheesy dish!

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