Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi Recipe

Spinach and ricotta gnocchi

  • serves 6
  • A little effort

Check out our super vibrant recipe for veggie spinach and ricotta gnocchi. This flavour packed dish may take a bit of time but is sure to impress family and friends. You’ll need to start this the day before unless you can source a drier ricotta from a deli – supermarket ricottas are usually packed in a little liquid so need draining overnight

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  • ricotta 500g
  • baby spinach 600g
  • parmesan (or veggie alternative) 100g, finely grated
  • lemon 1, zest finely grated
  • nutmeg a good grating
  • egg 1
  • plain flour 100g


  • butter 75g
  • olive oil 2 tbsp
  • sage a small bunch, leaves only


  • Step 1

    Put the ricotta in a fine sieve and leave over a bowl in the fridge overnight to drain.

  • Step 2

    Put the spinach in large pan over a medium heat with a splash of water and lots of seasoning. Stir until completely soft and wilted. It will take a while to get started but keep stirring – it will eventually wilt down to a couple of handfuls. Drain in a sieve, pushing out as much water as you can, then cool. Tip onto a clean tea towel and squeeze over a sink to again get as much water out as possible. Don’t skip this step –dry spinach is vital to the success of the gnocchi. Tip onto a board and chop well.

  • Step 3

    Put the drained ricotta in a bowl with the parmesan and beat together. Stir in the spinach, lemon zest, nutmeg, egg and flour. Season well, taste a pinch of the mix and season again, if needed.

  • Step 4

    Very lightly dampen your hands, then scoop out large teaspoons of the mix and roll into walnut-sized balls (you should be able to make 48-50). Line up on 1 or 2 baking-paper-lined trays and put in the fridge for 30 minutes.

  • Step 5

    Heat the butter and olive oil in a large, wide frying pan then add the sage leaves. Cook until crisp, then fish out the leaves and drain on kitchen paper.

  • Step 6

    Heat a large pan with salted water, bring to the boil, then turn down to a simmer. Drop in the gnocchi and cook for 3-4 minutes or until they bob to the surface. You can do this in batches and, as they come to the surface, scoop them out with a slotted spoon and add to the butter pan to keep warm. Serve the gnocchi in warm bowls with the crisp sage leaves and browned butter.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 408
  • Fat 29.8g
  • Saturates 16.4g
  • Carbs 14.9g
  • Sugars 1.9g
  • Fibre 1.7g
  • Protein 19.2g
  • Salt 0.8g