Spinach-Ricotta Dumplings with Garlic Tomato Sauce

  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 30 min


1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 28-ounce can no-salt-added whole peeled tomatoes in puree

8 large fresh basil leaves

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry and finely chopped

2 cups whole-milk ricotta cheese

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping

2 large egg yolks

Pinch of grated nutmeg


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and mash into a chunky sauce using a wooden spoon. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, about 12 minutes. Stir in the basil and season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and transfer to a blender; puree.
  2. Dust a rimmed baking sheet with flour; set aside. Mix the spinach, ricotta, parmesan, egg yolks, nutmeg and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the flour and stir until just combined. Drop tablespoonfuls of the dough onto the flour-dusted pan, shaking the pan from side to side to coat the dumplings in the flour and smooth out their edges. Refrigerate 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a steady simmer. Add the chilled dumplings and cook until they float to the top and are tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a paper towel¿lined plate to drain. Serve on top of the tomato sauce and drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle with more parmesan.
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9 Reviews


My dumplings disintegrated. Was a waste of time, ingredients and $. They looked and sounded so good and was super excited about making these and was so disappointed. Went back and re-read the directions several times to see where I went wrong, and really followed the directions. Will not be making this again. 

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