Gnudi (Pronounced Nudey)

I saw this on Giada’s show recently. It’s an Italian dish that I had never even heard of before last week let alone eaten, but I love to experiment with new foods, so I thought I would give it a try.

1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
1 pound frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 cup grated Parmesan
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus 1 cup for coating
1 jar store bought marinara sauce, heated

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

In a large bowl, mix ricotta, spinach, Parmesan cheese, eggs, and yolks. Stir in nutmeg, salt, pepper, and flour. Form mixture in to small, flattened balls.

Dredge the formed gnudi in flour to coat, tapping off the excess. Slide formed gnudi into the boiling water. Make sure the water is at a gentle boil. If it is at a hard boil, the gnudis will fall apart. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan; work in batches if necessary. Remove the gnudi using a slotted spoon after they float to the top and have cooked for about 4 minutes.

Arrange gnudi on a platter and lightly drizzle with marinara sauce.

We had this with some pasta and Italian sausage links on the side.

Did I change anything? The only thing I did differently is that once they were all cooked, I microwaved them for about a minute just to make sure the eggs that are in them were thoroughly cooked and to get the ones that came out of the boiling water first warm again since it did take a while to make them all and the ones that came out of the water first were getting a little cold.

What did the family think? Hubby and I really liked these. Our oldest tried a few bites, but was not impressed which is what I thought would happen, but I was proud of him for trying.

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