Ricotta Gnocchi Recipe

Categories: Entrées.

Light and fluffy ricotta gnocchi topped with a rich and cheesy tomato sauce. This recipe is easy to make and a family favourite in our home.

Gnocchi:

  • 1 container Ricotta cheese
  • 2 farm fresh organic eggs
  • 1/2 cup good quality freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 can diced organic tomatoes
  • 1 dash crushed red pepper flakes
  • 6 basil leaves, finely shredded
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 small zucchini – sliced or cubed
  • 1 red bell pepper – sliced or cubed
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into small chunks

Method:

  1. In a large mixing bowl stir together the ricotta cheese, eggs, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  2. Mix until evenly combined.
  3. Stir in  1 cup of flour. Add additional flour if needed to form a soft dough.
  4. Divide the dough into 3 or 4 pieces, and roll into 1/2-inch-thick ropes on a floured surface.
  5. Gently cut each rope into 1-inch pieces, and place on a lightly floured baking sheet.
  6. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  7. In a saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  8. Stir in fresh garlic, and cook until softened and fragrant, about 1 minute.
  9. Add zucchini and bell peppers.
  10. Pour in diced tomatoes and red pepper flakes and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat (about 10 minutes)
  11. Stir in shredded basil and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  12. While sauce is simmering, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat.
  13. Boil gnocchi until they float to the surface (1 to 2 minutes)
  14. Drain gently in a strainer or remove from water with a slotted spoon.
  15. Stir the cubed mozzarella cheese into the tomato sauce and allow the heat of the sauce to soften, but not melt the cheese.
  16. Place gnocchi into a serving bowl, and spoon sauce overtop.
  17. Garnish with fresh basil and more grated cheese.