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Ricotta Gnocchi with Asparagus and Italian Bacon

The best of the gnocchi world if you're looking for something fast, fresh, and light as a pillow!

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Nina:

Loving the light texture of these gnocchi, so different from the potato gnocchi I already love. The sauce is also perfect - a terrific variation to h...

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Ricotta gnocchi are a wonderful alternative to preparing a world-famous Italian dish sometimes (in our mind erroneously!) labeled as a heavier recipe, when made following the classic potato-based gnocchi method.  Ricotta gnocchi are quick to assemble, quick to cook, and even quicker to disappear from your dinner plate!

In our Ricotta Gnocchi recipe with fresh asparagus and crisped Italian bacon, you'll be in a for a treat with explosive flavors but a lighter calorie count when compared to traditional gnocchi.

Ingredients

for 6 servings

Ricotta Gnocchi with Asparagus ingredients

  • Ricotta cheese (Sheep's Milk) 1 kg
  • All-purpose flour 350 grams
  • Eggs (Yolk Only) 3
  • Parmesan cheese (Grated) 120 grams
  • Garlic Cloves 1
  • Salt as needed
  • Extra-virgin olive oil as needed
  • Asparagus (Stalks) 10
  • Italian Bacon (Pancetta) 120 grams
  • Black Pepper as needed

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Rafaèl - Valpolicella Classic Superior DOC Wine - Tommasi

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Aromas that lead much towards black spice and black fruit such as blueberry and blackberry, with an excellent acidity.

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Preparation

for 6 servings

Step

1

Of 3

To make the gnocchi

Drain the ricotta cheese through a fine sieve, to get rid of all the excess liquid. Once finely drained, place into medium mixing bowl, adjust to taste with salt, and add grated Parmesan cheese. Stir together well to blend all ingredients. Add egg yolks to mixture, blend well. Slowly begin to add flour to mixture.

Once flour has been added and incorporated, use your hands to fully blend all ingredients. The mixture should have a compact texture and should appear well-blended. If dough seems too soft, please add additional flour as every cheese does vary in density.

Dust your working space well with flour, and using a spatula, cut off a piece of dough. Using your hands, roll out dough into a long rectangular log, about as thick as a thumb. Using a sharp knife, cut each log into individual gnocchi pieces, each 1cm in length. Each gnocchi piece will be as long and as wide as your logs and the cut pieces - you can customize your gnocchi pieces according to your personal preference. 

Dust a plastic kitchen tray lightly with flour, and place cut gnocchi pieces on top.

Step

2

Of 3

Prepare the asparagus

Wash asparagus well, and remove the tough white stalk from each stem. In large soup pot, boil generous amount of water, and add salt.  Add asparagus, allow to cook approximately 3-4 minutes. Once they have reached "al dente" texture, drain asparagus and stop cooking process by placing them into a pot of cold water. This will guarantee a lovely green color. Once cooled, slice asparagus into fairly thin slices.

Dice Italian bacon into small cubes, set aside.  In large sauté pan, coat bottom with extra-virgin olive oil, and when heated, add garlic clove. Once lightly golden, add asparagus, adjust to taste with salt, and allow to sauté for a few minutes.  

Add diced bacon, blend all ingredients with a little of the cooking water from the asparagus.

Step

3

Of 3

Finish the dish

In another large soup pot, boil generous amount of water, add salt.  Add gnocchi, and once they begin to float to surface, drain from water and add to the sauté pan with asparagus and bacon. Place serving onto individual serving dishes, garnish with a dusting of Parmesan cheese and black pepper.

Recipe note:  additional Parmesan cheese will be needed for garnishing dish.

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Filippo Bartolotta

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Rafaèl - Valpolicella Classic Superior DOC Wine - Tommasi

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Aromas that lead much towards black spice and black fruit such as blueberry and blackberry, with an excellent acidity.

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Aromas that lead much towards black spice and black fruit such as blueberry and blackberry, with an excellent acidity.

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Reviews

Nina Saturday 11th of April 2020

Light and lovely!

Loving the light texture of these gnocchi, so different from the potato gnocchi I already love. The sauce is also perfect - a terrific variation to have on hand.

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