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How to Make Ricotta Gnocchi or Gnudi from Scratch

How to make the best, homemade ricotta gnocchi from scratch, step by step recipe tutorial and quick recipe video! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword gnocchi
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 396kcal
Author Florentina


  • 1 lb ricotta cheese (whole sheep's milk)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour + more as needed
  • 1/3 cup parmigoano reggianno cheese -grated
  • 1 egg
  • 2.5 cups marinara sauce (thick homemade)


  • Strain the ricotta cheese through a mesh sieve or a cheesecloth lined colander for a couple of hours or overnight.
  • In a medium bowl combine the ricotta, egg, parmesan and 1 cup of flour. 
  • Sprinkle some flour on a pastry board and shape the dough into a round ball. Sprinkle a little more flour if you feel the dough s to sticky.
  • Cut the dough into 5 pieces and shape those into baseball size balls.
  • Roll each ball into a tube about 1/2 inch to 1 inch thick or so. Use a sharp knife and slice the gnocchi into 3/4 inch pillows or so, depending on your preference.
  • Place them on a lightly floured baking sheet and run each on down the back of a fork ( as shown in the video) to create little groves for the sauce to stick to better.
  • Meanwhile bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt it well, it should taste like sea water.
  • Add the ricotta gnocchi to the boiling water and cook only until the little pillows flow to the top. Drain and toss with warm tomato sauce or all the order serving ideas above.


Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 1047mg | Potassium: 674mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1290IU | Vitamin C: 10.7mg | Calcium: 364mg | Iron: 3.7mg