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homemade ricotta gnudi with lemon juice, black pepper, melted butter, and Parmesan

Simple Gnudi Recipe (Ricotta Gnocchi)

This isn't the typical potato gnocchi but it is a lighter version made with ricotta, known as gnudi. My quick and easy gnudi recipe is not only simple to make, it's delicious.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Refrigeration Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 254 kcal


  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 egg or 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 8 oz. ricotta cheese – I like to use creamy ricotta


  1. Mix all of the ingredients together. The dough should be slightly sticky but you need to be able to handle it. Add more flour about a tablespoon at a time if the dough is too sticky to handle.
  2. Put in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes. Separate the dough into quarters to make it easier to work with. Pinch off a piece and roll into balls about 3/4 inch in size or so. You may need to use some flour on your hands to keep the balls from sticking.
  3. Some people prefer to make these in the same way that traditional gnocchi is made. In this case, roll each quarter of the dough into a snake. Cut those strips of dough into 1 inch long pieces.
  4. To cook it, bring water with a touch of salt in it to a boil and add the gnudi. The gnudi should begin to float on the surface of the water. When they do, continue to cook for 2-3 minutes and they should be done!
  5. An alternative to boiling is to pan fry the gnudi. This gives them a golden outer "crust" with the soft interio

Recipe Notes

Pro Tip: you can freeze some of the gnudi for future use. I like to lay it on a tray or some other flat surface and freeze it until it’s solid enough to place into freezer bags.

Nutrition Facts
Simple Gnudi Recipe (Ricotta Gnocchi)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 254 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 494mg21%
Potassium 115mg3%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 420IU8%
Calcium 266mg27%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.