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Cheaters Gnocchi


I’m constantly on the hunt for recipes I can create entirely from scratch. Theres something about taking a few simple ingredients and having them transform into a hearty meal with your own two hands. The idea of making gnocchi from scratch had always intrigued me, but I’ve always assumed the process to be daunting and time consuming. When I found this recipe for a cheater version, I just had to give it a shot. The combination of ricotta, mint and spinach was one I had never considered, and I was pleasantly surprised by how the flavours enhanced one another. The process was relatively quick (basically: mix, roll and boil) and resulted in light as a cloud little dumplings that taste (almost) like the real thing, without all the hassle.

::what you’ll need::
for the gnocchi:
.2 1/2 cups ricotta
.1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
.2 eggs, lightly beaten
.1 cup plain, all purpose flour, sifted
.2 tsp. lemon rind
.1 tbsp. finely chopped mint leaves
.250g chopped spinach
.1 cup semolina

for the sauce:
.1 cup cream
.1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
.1/2 cup mint leaves
.sea salt and cracked pepper

::what you’ll do::
for the gnocchi:
.Mix the ricotta, parmesan, eggs, flour and lemon rind
.Sprinkle your surface with a generous amount of semolina flour
.Grab 1/4 of the ricotta mixture and roll it out to a 4 x 30cm long rope. (Note: it is quite sticky – I used a lot of semolina to coat the outside)
.Cut the rope into 2cm long lengths
.Repeat with remaining mixture
.Cook the gnocchi in boiling salted water. Ensure you do this in batches. They should take 2-3 minutes to cook and will rise to the surface when done

for the sauce:
.Pour the cream into a saucepan and warm through over high heat (for 1-2 minutes)
.Add the gnocchi, extra parmesan, extra mind, salt and pepper and toss to coat

.Serve with additional parmesan, and a squeeze of lemon.

*Recipe adapted from Donna Hay’s Seasons cookbook

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Eleni | My Paradissi
    June 7, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Oh, thanks for that! I’ve been looking for n inspiring gnocchi recipe for days! ^_^

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      June 8, 2012 at 11:02 am

      glad I could help! one day I’ll attempt the real thing, but for now this is a great alternative

  • Reply
    Victoria | Haute
    June 7, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Oh nice!! I’ve been craving gnocchi ever since we went to Spuntini, so this is great alternative!! :)

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      June 8, 2012 at 11:03 am

      oh man I STILL dream about that dish. mmmm.

  • Reply
    Anna @ IHOD
    June 7, 2012 at 9:46 am

    This is one of my favorite dishes, so I am excited to have a new recipe to try!
    Thank you:)

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      June 8, 2012 at 11:03 am

      anytime Anna!

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    Lonely Wife Project
    June 7, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    This will be the closest I ever get to making gnocchi from scratch. It looks amazing!

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      June 8, 2012 at 11:03 am

      haha amazing! I keep telling myself I’m going to attempt real gnocchi from scratch but I’m not totally convinced. One day. Hopefully!

  • Reply
    Kirby
    June 7, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    This looks amazing! And sounds so easy, will definitely be making it soon!

    Kirby
    http://www.theshortandthesweetofit.com

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      June 8, 2012 at 11:03 am

      let me know how it turns out!

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