Gnocchi Verde (Spinach Dumplings)

Ingredients

2 bags (12 ounces each) fresh spinach
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
2 eggs, beaten
6 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
Few grindings fresh black pepper
Few grindings fresh nutmeg
Tomato and Cream Sauce (recipe follows)

Instructions

Wash spinach and remove tough stems. Plunge briefly into boiling water. Cook only until limp. Rinse with cold water. Drain, squeeze dry, and chop. Melt butter in a small skillet. Add spinach and cook until dry (it will begin to stick to the bottom of the pan). Blend in the ricotta cheese. Heat thoroughly and empty into a bowl. Stir in eggs, flour, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Cover with foil and chill until firm – about 1 hour. Bring 6 quarts of salted water to a boil. Take spinach mixture up by tablespoonfuls and shape gently into balls. Roll in flour. Drop 5 or 6 at a time into the boiling water. Cook until they rise to the top and are slightly puffed. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper toweling. Serve with Tomato and Cream Sauce.

Tomato and Cream Sauce

Yield: 

Serves 4-6.

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