Gnudity at the Dinner Table

Posted in Food, Recipes by Elizabeth on February 9, 2011

Growing up, there were a lot of dinner table rules: elbows off the table, left hand in your lap, no singing, saying “like” 3 times improperly means no dessert.  The list could go on.  Last night I made a dish that, thankfully, would not violate the unspoken rule of wearing clothes at the table.  Gnudi. Call them ricotta gnocchi or ravioli without the pasta shell (nude filling!).  Either way, these little buggers, naked as they may be, are delicious!


  • 1 cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 lb frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 5 tbsp spelt flour*
  • 1/2-3/4 cup flour for dredging

*I used spelt flour but all purpose, or other flours will do just fine.

Combine the eggs, parmesan, ricotta, and spinach in a mixing bowl. Add the flour, salt, pepper, and nutmeg and mix.  Roll about a tablespoon or two of the mixture into flattened balls.  Dredge each gnudi in flour, tapping off the excess.

Drop each gnudi into boiling water, making sure not to crowd the pot.  I used a shallow sauce pan and still worked in batches.  These take about 4 minutes to cook.  When they are floating at the top they are done.  Remove the cooked gnudi with a slotted spoon. They are ready to serve! Pretty simple right?

We dressed ours in a homemade red sauce with some garlic bread.  Buon appetito!


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  1. Sarah said, on February 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I forgot about the “left hand in your lap” rule! Hilarious.

    There is a cheese-lover in my house who has a hard time getting enough green vegetables. I might be able to sneak them in this way. And mmmm, that home-made red sauce looks like a tasty staple to have around the kitchen.

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