Lovely Italian dumplings that are light with just enough chew. Great with my marinara sauce! Recipe is right before this one or search "marinara".
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Keyword basil and garlic gnudi, basil gnudi, ricotta gnudi
Prep Time 30minutes
Cook Time 6minutes
Time in Freezer or Fridge 30minutes
Servings 48-10 gnudi
Large stock pot
Half Sheet pan, lined with parchment paper and floured
A sauce to finish the gnudi in; I suggest my marinara sauce
1cupwhole milk ricotta, drained in a coffee filter + sieve for a few minutesget whole milk ONLY
1/2cupS/R flourmix with A/P flour; you CAN use all A/P if you like
1/2cupA/P flour+/- a cup; this amount will vary, depends on your dough
2eggsone whole and one yolklightly beaten
1Tblgarlic paste (this is found in Indian stores)OR paste 4 cloves of garlic
1lemonzest of whole lemon, about 1 Tbl juicethe rest of of juice will go into the cooking water
dashground nutmegfresh if you've got it
2tspsaltI use Dixie Crystal Kosher in all my recipes
2-3Tblfresh Basil, minced; use as much as you like Mint is excellent in this, too; I used both
In a large mixing bowl, add ricotta, parmesan, eggs and about half the flour mix. Stir.
Add garlic, nutmeg, lemon zest, herbs and 1 Tbl lemon juice to mix and stir. Add flour slowly until the dough is just firm enough to handle. It will be loose, but it should not be too wet to handle. This can take as much as another half cup of flour - if so, add A/P flour to get the dough firm enough to handle.
When the dough is just barely together enough to handle, put on a floured board and add flour until it is dry enough to roll into a rope of about 1" diameter. You'll have to divide the dough, it makes several ropes.
Roll the dough into a 1" diameter rope then cut at about 1 - 1.5" intervals. This recipe should give you about 40 gnudi. Give or take. Put the dumplings on the floured parchment paper as you cut them. This should make about a full sheet pan of dumplings.
Put the gnudi in the freezer for 15-30 minutes or the fridge for about half an hour to firm up.
While the gnudi is chilling, get a large pot of water on to boil. Bring to a fast simmer and add 1 Tbl salt and the remaining juice of the lemon.
Cook the gnudi in batches so as not to crowd the pot. The water should be boiling, but not rapidly. Stir the gnudi to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pot. When they float, they are almost done. Give them a minute or two more once they float.
To finish gnudi, you need to have the sauce ready and warm in a skillet. Use a slotted spoon or spider to retrieve the gnudi and put directly into the sauce. Simmer in the sauce for about 5 minutes to allow gnudi to absorb the flavour.
Have the sauce of your choice ready for the gnudi. I really loved them with my marinara sauce, but any tomato or even a lemon butter sauce would be great with these. Traditionally, gnocchi (the potato version of these) is served with a brown butter sage sauce - which would work if you used basil rather than sage. Gnudi freeze very well. Just leave them on the sheet pan until frozen, then put in a freezer zip bag or food saver vacuum bag.
Angela's Basil and Garlic Gnudi https://misangela.com/2020/04/17/angelas-basil-and-garlic-gnudi/ April 17, 2020