Villa La Massa Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi

Villa la Massa in Florence Italy, The Taste Edit
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While staying in Florence at Villa la Massa, Chef Andrea Quagliarella of Il Verrocchio, shared with us how to make his ricotta spinach gnocchi. Not only is Villa la Massa beautiful and relaxing, but it also offers cooking classes and have a culinary garden on the property. This ricotta gnocchi recipe is one of the dishes you might learn how to make in the kitchen with Chef Quagliarella. You can see even more from our dinner experience at Il Verrocchio here, and book your own cooking class during your next stay at Villa la Massa.


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Ricotta Spinach Gnocchi from Villa la Massa in Florence, The Taste Edit


Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi
  • 8 oz chopped spinach
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 lb ricotta cheese (well drained)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ cups Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cups tomato puree
  • Basil (a few leaves chopped and a few to garnish)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. In a skillet, saute the spinach in oil with the garlic.
  2. When the spinach is cooked, remove the garlic and cool.
  3. To a large bowl, add the ricotta cheese, eggs, Parmesan cheese, nutmeg, 1 teaspoon salt, and a few cracks of fresh pepper. Stir to combine.
  4. Bring a salted pot of water to boil.
  5. Shape the gnocchi with two spoons to create a quenelle, and drop directly into the water, being careful not to splash the boiling water back on you. Once the gnocchi rise to the top, remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  6. In a small pan combine the butter, chopped basil, and tomatoes. Salt to taste, and simmer for several minutes, just until heated through.
  7. To serve, spread some sauce on a plate. Arrange the gnocchi on top, and garnish with additional parmesan cheese and basil.
You'll want the driest ricotta possible, so try to get the kind in the basket that has been drained, or you can drain it yourself in a basket, with cheese cloth, or a strainer overnight. Make sure your spinach is also not watery once it's cooked.


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