Sunday, February 8, 2009

Whole Wheat Ricotta Gnocchi

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If you're looking to make pasta from scratch but you don't have a pasta machine or even a stand mixer, I've got a recipe for you! Gnocchi is a type of pasta normally made with potatoes but thanks to my friend Allie, she shared with me a recent recipe for gnocchi from Gourmet.com. This gnocchi recipe highlights ricotta cheese as a major component and even better is that the gnocchi is much lighter than the traditional potato version. From the original recipe, I only adapted the flour by using whole wheat flour instead of all purpose.

Whole Wheat Riccota Gnocchi
recipe adapted from Gourmet.com

2 cups (16 oz) whole-milk ricotta
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (3 oz), divided
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
water for boiling


Stir together ricotta, eggs, 1 cup cheese, nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.

Add flour, stirring to form a soft, wet dough.

Shape dough on a well-floured surface with lightly floured hands into 2 (1-inch-thick) ropes. Cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces with a lightly floured knife. Run each piece over the back side tines of a fork to create grooves. Put in 1 layer on a lightly floured parchment-lined baking sheet.

Cook gnocchi in 2 batches in a pasta pot of boiling salted water (3 tablespoons salt for 6 quarts water), adding a few at a time to pot and stirring occasionally, until cooked through (cut one in half to check), 3 to 4 minutes per batch. Lift out with a slotted spoon and drain in colander.

To serve this gnocchi, I tossed it with a light marinara sauce and garnished with fresh basil.


I'm also submitting this to the special Presto Pasta Night 100! hosted by Ruth of Once Upon a Feast. Be sure to check out the round up at the end of the week!

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