Monday, April 1, 2024

Spinach Ricotta Dumplings


I cut this recipe out of Food Network Magazine, and then I made modifications.


  • 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 (ALMOST TO A BOIL--otherwise it will not be hot enough). 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. (Make walnut-sized balls - you don't want them to be too big or they will fall apart)

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.

Original recipe Per serving: Calories 503; Fat 32 g (Saturated 18 g); Cholesterol 210 mg; Sodium 1,251 mg; Carbohydrate 23 g; Fiber 4 g; Protein 27 g

*I did not eat this with bread, of course, since I'm allergic to it and trying to eat low-carb.

**Instead of regular flour, which I'm allergic to, I used a combination of almond flour, brown rice flour, soy flour, and flax seed flour. This makes it low carb and gluten free. It's delicious either way!

***If you are trying to eat low carb, I would not use all that marinara sauce, unless you have a sugar-free version.


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