This is the authentic Italian homemade ricotta gnocchi recipe: a delicate dish for a gourmet Italian dinner.

Ricotta gnocchi are much easier than classic potato gnocchi: you don’t have to cook ricotta, only mix it with flour. Which is an excellent reason to make these “gnocchi” on a hot summer day.

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The flavor of the ricotta gnocchi is quite delicate, so you need to give it a little hint: a little more salt and tasty Parmesan cheese.
Also, note that ricotta gnocchi should be served with a gentle condiment: basic tomato sauce, or melted butter and sage.
When you are planning a lovely Italian dinner, perhaps alfresco, think of making ricotta gnocchi: you can prepare them ahead of time – same for the condiment -, they take minutes to cook. And you’ll have plenty of time for preparing a delicious starlit night dessert.

Italian ricotta gnocchi

Homemade ricotta gnocchi with flour and parmesan cheese.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 662 kcal
Author Claudia Rinaldi


  • 8.8 oz ricotta 250 gr
  • 5.3 oz 00 flour 150 gr or 3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon - + more to work the dough
  • 1 egg
  • 1.4-1.8  oz parmesan cheese- grated 40-50 gr or 4-5 tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon of salt


  1. Place the ricotta in a sieve and over the sink to make it lose extra liquids.
  2. Meanwhile, grate the Parmesan cheese and set up all the other ingredients.
  3. Transfer the ricotta cheese to a bowl, add the Parmesan cheese, the egg and a teaspoon of salt. Mix well.

  4. Pour the mixture over a working surface and add the flour. Work with your hands forming a dough that is smooth and malleable. Add flour if necessary.

  5. Flour the working surface.
  6. Divide the dough into 4 pieces and roll each out into 1/2 inch diameter cylinders. Cut each cylinder into 1 inch or so pieces.
  7. Roll each piece on the wood tool/gnocchi board or over a fork to engrave it with grooves that will help the gnocchi capture the condiment.

  8. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil (1 teaspoon of salt every 4 cups/1lt of water).
  9. Cook the gnocchi until they float. Catch them with a slotted spoon, transfer them to a serving bowl or plate, and season them according to your taste.

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this is a recipe from Lecce’s Simposio

A travel cookbook about Lecce, the Florence of the Sout, eggplants, ricotta, and slow living Salento.

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