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Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi

Amy Mahoney
freezer mealsThis garlic-lovers favorite is an elegant vegetarian dish to keep in the freezer for special occasions or a delicious family meal.


  • 4 slices white bread
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 lb frozen spinach thawed
  • 8 oz ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 oz parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • Parmesan shavings
  • 3 1/2 oz butter
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 3 T chopped fresh basil
  • 1 ripe tomato diced


  1. Removed the crusts from the bread and soak in milk in a shallow dish for 10 minutes. Squeeze out any excess milk from the bread.

  2. Squeeze out any liquid from the spinach.
  3. Place bread, spinach, ricotta, eggs and Parmesan in a bowl and mix.
  4. Fold in flour.
  5. Refrigerate, covered for 1 hour.
  6. Lightly dust your hands in flour and roll heaped teaspoons of the mixture into dumplings.
  7. Lower batches of the gnocchi into a large saucepan of boiling salted water.
  8. Cook for about 2 minutes, or until the gnocchi rise to the surface. Transfer to serving plate.
  9. Freeze at this point in plastic container.

To make the sauce:

Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 3 minutes, or until the butter is nutty brown.

Freeze in plastic container.

Directions for preparing frozen meal:

  1. Drop gnocchi in boiling water again for less than a minute.
  2. Heat sauce in saucepan just until simmering. Stir constantly.
  3. Drizzle sauce over hot gnocchi.

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May 9, 20160 found this helpful

We love gnocchi, and I look forward to trying your recipe! Thank you! 

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