LOOKING for: spinach and ricotta cheese meatballs

c steelMay 6, 2001

Hi, I love your site. I saw someone on an italian cooking show make spinach and ricotta cheese meatballs that they

dropped in boiling water til they came to the top. Once cooked, they were plated with a homemade light tomato sauce on them. Do you have a specific recipe for this? I believe there was garlic,salt,pepper, but I don't remember if eggs were involved. I'd really like to try this,can you help?


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Possibly what you're looking for is spinach gnocci (pronouced NOH-kee)? It is a spinach and ricotta mixture, baked or boiled (I have no luck with the boil method) and then served with marinara sauce.

Here it is:

1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 Tbs. butter or margarine
1 10oz pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained well (or equivelant of fresh, chopped, cooked and drained)
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. nutmeg

Cook onion in 2 Tbs. butter or margarine till tender. Add spinach. Cook for 5-7 minutes or till spinach is tender and liquid is evaporated, stirring frequently. Cool slightly. Combine egg yolk, next 5 ingredients, and spinach mixture.

Use about 1 Tbs. mixture for each gnocci. With lightly floured hands, shape into compact balls, coating lightly with flour. Cook several at a time in a large pot of gently boiling salted water about 4 minutes or till they rise to the surface. Remove, drain on paper toweling. Serve immediately with marinara sauce or spagetti sauce, top lightly with parmesan. Or can be served in soup broth.

Makes about 4 servings

*I omit the cooking of the onion and spinach if I'm using frozen spinach. I simply cook the spinach in the microwave in it's store container (paper removed and pkg. opened) for 6 minutes. Then I drain and continue following the recipe. Since I have very little luck with the boiling water method, I now bake my gnocci in the oven at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2001 at 7:18PM
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This defintely sounds like a "keeper" , especially for entertaining at home!
Thank You.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2002 at 9:35PM
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Yum that sounds very good. I just found out I am pregnant and my local pizza place use to have a spinich and artichoke dip for the breadsticks and they discontinued it. The only thing that I am missing for this recipe is the nutmeg and I can pick that up tommorrow. :) This sounds yummy. :)

    Bookmark   January 2, 2002 at 12:02AM
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