Sunday, May 15, 2005

Baked Gnocchi with Spinach and Ricotta

Baked Gnocchi with Spinach and Ricotta (Adapted from Prevention)

3/4 cup ricotta cheese
1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
3 ounces shredded mozzarella, divided
1 ounce fresh grated Asiago cheese
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
salt and fresh ground black pepper
3 cups marinara sauce, divided
1 pound packaged potato gnocchi, divided
2 cups baby spinach leaves, thinly sliced, divided

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In small bowl, whisk together ricotta, basil, 1/3 cup of the mozzarella, Asiago, egg and crushed red pepper. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper.

In an 8" square baking dish coated with nonstick spray, spread a thin layer of the marinara sauce over the bottom. Arrange one-half of the uncooked gnocchi in a single layer - scatter half of the spinach on top. Using a spoon, add small dollops of half of the ricotta mixture on top of the spinach. Spoon a layer of marinara over the ricotta, leaving enough sauce behind for another layer on top. Repeat layering, adding all of the remaining sauce on top. Scatter the remaining mozzarella on top.

Place into the oven and bake until the sauce is bubbling and the cheese is lightly browned, about 35 to 40 minutes. Remove and let sit 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with additional grated Asiago cheese before serving, if desired.

Makes about 4 to 6 servings.

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  1. hello joe!
    my banana cupcake came out abit dense, but quite pleasant, something seems amiss though. the muffins/cupcakes i bake always don't turn out like the ones i eat at starbucks or any other decadent calorie laden ones. hmm..

    but say, do u hv a recipe to make your own gnocchi? or is it just a fancy name for baked baby potatoes?

  2. do you have a preferred recipe for homemade marinara? i know it can be simple, just wondering your preference since i like most of the stuff you cook ...

  3. Elaine - We've made homemade gnocchi before, but it was before we started the blog. It is not baked baby potatoes. Gnocchi is basically a potato dumpling.

    Razz - I don't usually follow a recipe for sauce, but I'll try and note down what we do at some point!