Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings (Ravioli Nudi)
Very similar to spinach gnocchi, these dumplings, which originated in Florence, are called "naked" because they wear no shell of dough.
Yield: serves 4
Time: 50 minutes
- Kosher salt
- 1 lb. fresh baby spinach
- ½ lb. whole-milk ricotta, drained
- 1 1⁄2 cups freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano
- 4 tsp. large egg yolks
- 1 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more, for sprinkling
- ½ tsp. finely grated lemon zest
- Cayenne pepper
- Freshly grated nutmeg
- 1⁄4 cup Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
- Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the spinach and cook until wilted and very tender but still bright green, 8–10 minutes. Drain the spinach, discarding the cooking liquid, then transfer to a clean kitchen towel; squeeze to extract as much liquid as possible. (If there is too much moisture on the leaves, the ravioli will fall apart during cooking.) Finely chop the spinach and and set aside.
- In a large bowl, stir together the ricotta, egg yolks, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and lemon zest. Add the reserved spinach and toss to combine, then season to taste with cayenne, nutmeg, salt, and black pepper. Add the flour and stir just until combined.
- Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a simmer over medium heat. With wet hands or a 1-tablespoon scoop, shape the spinach mixture into 1-inch balls. Drop one ball into the simmering water and cook until it floats to the top; if it holds its shape, continue with the remaining mixture. If the ball falls apart, add additional flour to the mixture, 1–2 teaspoons at a time, until it holds together in the water. Cook the dumplings in batches. As they float to the top, use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a large plate and tent with aluminum foil to keep them warm as you continue cooking the rest. To serve, drizzle with melted butter, top with additional Parmigiano-Reggiano, and serve warm.