Spinach and Cheese Gnocchi


Gnocchi can be an appetizer or the main course

Spinach and Cheese Gnocchi was my kids second favorite gnocchi when they lived at home and were in school. Potato gnocchi captured first place, but they always used a lot of tomato sauce on the potato gnocchi which for me, overpowered the taste I much preferred the spinach and cheese gnocchi so that I could taste the main ingredient, which is the spinach. When I make potato gnocchi, a little melted butter over the top is just fine with me.


2 pounds fresh baby spinach

1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese

3 eggs beaten

1/8 freshly grated nutmeg

4 – 5 tablespoons flour

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place the spinach in a large pan and cook until wilted, turning often so that it cooked evenly. About 5 minutes) Remove from the heat, and strain.  Squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Process in a blender or food processor until it is in small pieces. Transfer the spinach into a large bowl.

Add the Parmesan, eggs and nutmeg, season with the salt and pepper and mix well. Next slowly add flour until the mixture becomes a soft dough. Next, using your hands shape the mixture into 2 1/2 to 3 inch sausage shapes, and dust with flour.

Bring a large pan of salted water to a boil, Gently slide in the gnocchi a few at a time and cook for 1 or 2 minutes until they float to the top. Remove the spinach and cheese gnocchi from the water with a slotted spoon, and place them in a warmed dish (I have two plates when doing this, using one to cover the other so that the gnocchi stay warm until after I have made the cream sauce.

For the cream sauce

2 tablespoons Butter, soft

2 Tablespoons flour

1 cup milk or light cream at room temperature.

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add flour and stir until the butter and flour are well combined. Pour in milk, stirring constantly as it thickens. Add cheese and continue to stir as the cheese melts. Add salt and white pepper to taste.

Put the Spinach and Cheese Gnocchi on a plate,top with a little cheese sauce and serve with a side salad.

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8 Responses to Spinach and Cheese Gnocchi

  1. Kate Hall

    Wow, that cream sauce looks awesome! I used to eat broccoli and cream sauce in college that our dorm made that I LOVED – I know it sounds ridiculous that I loved school-made food, but it was so good I preferred it over dessert. I haven’t had it since then because I never had any clue how to make it, but I think I’m going to try this. Thanks!
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  2. This looks mighty appetizing- and NO potatoes! (I’ll probably use synthetic cream, too!)
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  3. Hey, hey Chef, seems unknowingly that we have both been thinking about gnocchi. I am going to try this recipe as it’s different to mine. You have used parmesan and I ricotta.
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  4. Amy

    Yum, yum, yum! I guess gnocchi is not something I make often (or ever) but I think I shall have to fix that, as between you and Anita-Clare there are many delicious choices of recipes! Thanks Chef!
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    • Chef William says:

      I think that Anita-Clare and I are both pointing out that gnocchi is not always made with potato.
      Being a tad bit Irish myself, the potato always was/is my fancy, but I can enjoy the others as
      well. In fact I plant to make Anita-Clare’s recipe next week. Not sure yet if I’ll be making
      Colcannon or Champ to go with the corned beef this Sunday, but I will have a lot of potatoes
      whichever I make
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  5. Alana

    I love gnocchi! I love cheese! This is perfect!
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