Handmade parmesan gnocchi with salsa verde and ricotta

by Ed Halmagyi


  • 2 medium waxy potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1½ cups 'OO' flour
  • salt flakes and freshly-milled black pepper
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 bunch parsley leaves
  • 1 bunch mint leaves
  • ½ bunch thyme leaves
  • 3 tsp baby capers
  • 4 anchovy fillets
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • finely-grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese, crumbled
  • shaved parmesan, to garnish


1 Steam the potatoes until very tender then press through a ricer or fine sieve. Set aside to cool slightly, then beat in the yolks, nutmeg, cheese and 1 cup flour. Season with salt and pepper, then roll into 1cm-wide sausage shapes using the remaining flour, and cut into 2cm lengths.
2 Boil the gnocchi for 2 minutes, until floating, then scoop out and drizzle with vegetable oil. Once cool, fry in a non-stick pan for 3 minutes, turning often, until lightly browned.
3 Meanwhile, combine the parsley, mint, thyme, capers, anchovies, garlic, chilli, zest, juice and olive oil in a blender and purée until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
4 Spread the salsa verde on a plate, then arrange the gnocchi and ricotta on top. Garnish with shave parmesan cheese.

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