We know that everyone’s schedule is busy between work, getting to the grocery store, soccer games and summer camp, there are literally a million and one reasons why sitting down for a family dinner can be somewhat of a struggle. Saranello’s Chef Mychael Bonner is a strong believer in the power of gathering your family around the dinner table and sharing something delicious to eat. He’s here to help you answer the daunting question “What should we make for dinner tonight?”.
He suggests trying your hand at Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi – it’s simple, delicious and hearty! Watch and learn how Chef Mychael makes gnocchi at Saranello’s his rustic Italian restaurant in Wheeling, IL.
“There are three steps to making gnocchi: prep, cooking and enjoying. All three can involve your family. Cooking at home and having your kids participate is a real bonding experience. It’s something I’ve always enjoyed doing with my daughter.”
Try Chef Mychael’s Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi recipe* at home, click here for the full recipe.
*Spinach & Ricotta Gnocchi Recipe
1 1/4 lbs Ricotta, drained
1 Egg yolk
1 cup Grana Padana Parmesan, freshly grated
1 cup fresh Breadcrumbs
1 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp ground Black Pepper
1/2 tsp ground Nutmeg
1/2 lb 00 Flour
Puree the cooked spinach in a food processor until very smooth.
Remove the drained spinach from the cheesecloth and place into a large bowl.
Add the ricotta, egg yolk, parmesan, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Using a pastry scraper, cut the 00 flour into the spinach mixture until the flour is fully incorporated.
Place the mixture into a pastry bag. Dust the preparation area with flour, and pipe out the spinach mixture in a single row.
Cut into 1 inch logs.
In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook gnocchi for 2-4 minutes, until they float to the top.
Gently toss with sauce, add additional parmesan as desired and serve.
“The sauces that work best for gnocchi are pesto, tomato Pomodoro or parmesan broth. Gnocchis take on the flavor of the sauces so something bold and bright works best.”
Prefer to check Chef Mychael’s gnocchi in the restaurant? To make a reservation at Saranello’s click here.
More of a meat sauce lover? Here’s a recipe for il Porcellino’s signature Gnocchi Bolognese.