As soon as I saw this recipe in Food Network Magazine, I knew I had to make it. What I didn’t know was how EASY this recipe was, and how delicious this would be! It tasted like something on a gourmet Italian Restaurant’s menu! I will definitely be making this again! Mike even loved it, and he is not a big ricotta fan.
- Kosher salt
- 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 1 1/2 cups whole-milk ricotta cheese
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
- 2 large eggs
- Freshly ground pepper
- Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 cups prepared marinara sauce
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- Crusty bread, for serving
Bring a large, wide pot of salted water to a simmer. Put the spinach in a large bowl and separate it with your hands. Add the ricotta, 3/4 cup parmesan, the flour, eggs, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and the nutmeg. Mix with a fork to form a slightly sticky dough.
Spread some flour on a plate. Scoop out heaping tablespoonfuls of the spinach-ricotta mixture and roll into about 24 loose balls using floured hands. Gently roll the balls in the flour.
Bring the marinara sauce to a simmer in a large skillet over medium heat. Whisk in the butter.
Meanwhile, gently lower the dumplings into the simmering water and cook until they rise to the surface and are firm, about 5 minutes. Remove the dumplings with a slotted spoon, letting the water drain off, and add to the sauce. Gently toss to coat, then transfer to plates and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup parmesan. Serve with bread.