Friday, December 2, 2016

Ricotta Gnocchi in an Easy Cream Sauce


It is always challenging to come up with a lesson and a recipe that can be done - amidst the general chaos of cooking with kids - in less than 90 minutes. Today we attempted a ricotta gnocchi and, if I might say so myself, they did a great job!


 Ingredients
Gnocchi
  • 2 C whole-milk ricotta
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/4 C flour + more for rolling
  • 1 C grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • dash of grated nutmeg
  • freshly ground pepper

Sauce
  • 1/3 C butter
  • 1 C organic heavy cream
  • 1/2 C grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • fresh thyme leaves


Procedure
Gnocchi
Stir together ricotta, eggs, cheese, nutmeg, and pepper. Add flour, stirring with a spatula or wooden spoon to form a soft, wet dough. Shape dough on a parchment-lined surface with lightly floured hands. 


Roll into 1" ropes and cut crosswise into 1" pieces with a lightly floured knife to form pillow dumplings.

To form the gnocchi, press a piece of dough onto the tines of a fork.

Use your thumb to create a dimple in the top of the gnocchi. Roll the dough down the tines to create gnocchi's signature indentations. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Once your gnocchi are rolled, make the sauce.

Sauce
In a large pot, melt your butter in the heavy cream. Stir in the cheese and simmer for 15 minutes until thickened. Fold in the fresh thyme leaves.


Finish
Cook gnocchi in a few batches in a pasta pot of boiling salted water. 


Add a few to the pot at a time, stirring occasionally. 


When they float to the surface, they are finished. Lift out with a slotted spoon and drain in colander.


To Serve
Spoon the cooked gnocchi into the sauce. Toss to coat. Serve immediately.

1 comment:

  1. Camilla, these desserts sound really yummy! The fact that they're gluten-free is the icing on the cake!

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