Spinach Ricotta Dumplings with Marinara Sauce

Recipe shared by Allie Roth

 

Serves 8 or divide recipe and freeze half

Active prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes

 

Ingredients:

16 oz frozen organic chopped spinach, thawed

6 large eggs

1 1/2 cups ParmigianoReggiano cheese, grated, plus extra for topping

3/4 cup low-fat ricotta cheese

2 cups breadcrumbs

3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped

2/3 cup scallions, white and light green parts, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 pinch ground nutmeg (to taste)

6-8 cups marinara sauce (recipe follows)

 

To make the dumplings:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs.
  3. Mix in the Parmesan, ricotta, breadcrumbs, basil, scallions, garlic, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
  4. Drain and squeeze any excess water from chopped spinach and stir into mixture (it will be soft).
  5. Prepare a baking dish with cooking spray.
  6. Form balls out of the dumpling mixture, each 3-4 tablespoons in size*. Place approximately 14 spinach dumplings in your prepared baking dish.
  7. Poor 3-4 cups of marinara sauce over the spinach gnocchi dumplings in the baking dish, until they are “swimming” but not covered in the sauce.
  8. Sprinkle the dumplings and marinara sauce with grated ParmigianoReggiano cheese.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees for about 35 minutes until firm and beginning to brown. Serve with the hot marinara sauce ladled on top.

 

To keep (and make another night):

 

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. With your remaining spinach dumpling mixture, form approximately 14 more dumplings, each 3-4 tablespoons in size. (Place the dumplings on your cookie sheet, cover lightly with plastic wrap and place in freezer until frozen.
  3. Once frozen, place dumplings in a large Ziploc bag or freezer-safe, air-tight container.
  4. To make these up, defrost dumplings and bring to room temperature.
  5. Prepare a baking dish with cooking spray.
  6. Poor 3-4 cups of marinara over the dumplings in the baking dish, until they are “swimming” but not covered in the sauce. Note: Ideally, you will have made ahead and frozen our marinara sauce and will be able to defrost and use for this recipe!
  7. Sprinkle the dumplings and marinara sauce with grated ParmigianoReggiano cheese.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees for about 35 minutes until firm and beginning to brown. Serve with the hot marinara sauce ladled on top.

 

To make spinach dumplings from frozen:

 

  1. Prepare a baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Place frozen (or defrosted) dumplings in prepared baking dish.
  3. Pour 3-4 cups of marinara over the dumplings in the baking dish, until they are “swimming” but not covered in the sauce.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for about 35-50 minutes depending on whether your dumplings were frozen or thawed when placed into baking dish.

Marinara Sauce

 

Yields 2 Quarts

prep 10 minutes

Cook 1 hour

 

Directions

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 small onions, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 stalks celery, finely chopped

2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 (32-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes

2 dried bay leaves

Fresh Basil

 

In a large casserole pot, heat the oil over a medium-high flame. Add onions, garlic and saute until the onions are translucent, about 5-10 minutes. Add the celery, carrots, and 1/2 teaspoon of each salt and pepper. Saute until all the vegetables are soft, about 8-10 minutes. Add the tomatoes and bay leaves, and simmer uncovered over low heat until the sauce thickens, about 1 hour. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Season the sauce with more salt and pepper, to taste. Add fresh basil.

 

The sauce can be made 1 day ahead, stored in the fridge or frozen.

Enjoy!

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