Ricotta and Herb Gnocchi with Asparagus

Have your family thinking you’re a professional by preparing these homemade gnocchi.  It is not timely and really tastes yummy. Gnocchi with a bit of a twist.  Enjoy!!


50g  Butter
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
700g bottle Italian tomato cooking sauce
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
250g wedge Perfect Italiano Parmesan
500g potatoes, peeled, cooked and mashed
250g tub Perfect Italiano Ricotta
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (flat leaf parsley, chives, basil)
freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
¾-1 cup plain flour
1 bunch asparagus, steamed and cut into 7cm lengths
¾ cup fresh basil leaves
olive oil, for drizzling


1. Melt butter in a heavy based saucepan, add onion and garlic and cook until softened. Add tomato sauce and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened. Season to taste.
2. Meanwhile, grate half the Parmesan with The Perfect Grater* and combine with cooled mashed potato, ricotta, eggs, herbs and seasonings. Knead in enough flour to obtain a smooth, non sticky dough (amount will vary, depending on the dryness of potatoes).
3. Divide dough into 4 equal portions and roll each into a long sausage shape 2cm thick. Cut into 2cm lengths. If desired, gently roll each gnocchi over the back of a fork.
4. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook gnocchi in batches until they rise to the surface. Toss immediately with hot sauce, asparagus and basil leaves. Serve with remaining shaved or grated Parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil.


21 Responses to “Ricotta and Herb Gnocchi with Asparagus”

  1. This one looks delicious, too. I love dishes with tomato sauce.

  2. lifeinarecipe Says:

    Okay, now it’s Stazzichini and Gnocchi for Sunday dinner! I love gnocchi and can’t wait to try your version…it looks so yummy!

  3. This has all of the makings for a very happy Doraz. 🙂 Thanks again. 🙂

  4. This sounds so delicious…I am going to try it. Thanks for sharing. Heartspell

  5. This looks like a winner – thanks once again for your culinary inspirations!

  6. Looks delicious! – Bill

    • Bill, every single morning when I post these recipes, I’m hungry!! Not a good way to start the day. This is a good one though. I just want to thank you also for your kind words and continued encouragement. Hope you have a fantastic and peaceful weekend my friend ~ Hugs, Amanda x

  7. Ai dit lyk baie lekker, en ek is juis besig met ‘n pos oor aspersies!

  8. Delicious! This is making me hungry time to cook!

  9. Oh, yum! Love gnocci. Love asparagus. There’s no hope for this extra-wide waist. Okay . . . portion control. That’s the answer . . . easier said than done . . . inspired recipe . . . Thanks, Sweetie!

    • I love gnocchi too…and portion control is at the order of the day yes!! And walking does it for me…don’t know what I’ll be without that!! For the love of food!! Mwah x

  10. That looks yummy 🙂 i love anything with tomato sauce 🙂

  11. I love making gnocchi…so quick, plain like this recipe you can make so many different sauces…my favourite is gnocchi made with pumpkin with spinach and walnut butter sauce….your recipe sounds and looks delicious..x

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