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Ricotta Gnudi

Mary's Kitchen Crush - "When Mary Met Aaron"

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  • Gnudi:
  • 1 cup (250g) ricotta cheese
  • 1 small clove garlic, very finely minced
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¾ cup (115g) finely grated Parmesan, divided
  • ½ cup (65g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (6g) kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon (3g) freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • Tomatoes:
  • 2 cups (400g) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Brown Butter:
  • ¼ cup (58g) unsalted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon (1g) freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ lemon, zested and juiced
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh basil
  • Parmesan


  1. Heat oven to 450F (230C).
  2. For the gnudi, combine ricotta, garlic and egg yolk in a medium bowl. Stir in parmesan, ¼ cup flour, salt, pepper and nutmeg just until combined.
  3. Dust a rimmed baking sheet with remaining flour and using a tablespoon or small cookie scoop, scoop gnudi into approximately 2 tablespoon (30g) portions. Roll into balls and place on prepared sheet. Toss or roll gnudi on baking sheet to coat in flour; set aside.
  4. For the tomatoes, place tomatoes on a rimmed baking sheet and toss with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place in oven and roast until starting to brown, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. For the brown butter, place butter in a large stainless steel pan set over medium heat. Allow the butter to melt, foam and then bubble, stirring occasionally until butter is beginning to brown.
  6. As soon as the butter is golden, add in the black pepper and allow it to toast for about 30 seconds. Add in lemon zest and remove from heat.
  7. To finish, boil a large pot of water. Add gnudi 10 at a time and cook until they float, about 3 to 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer gnudi into brown butter mixture.
  8. When gnudi have all been cooked, reserve ¼ cup (60ml) cooking water.
  9. Return butter pan to medium heat. Add tomatoes and gnudi cooking water to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and season with salt. Sprinkle with basil and parmesan.