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Ricotta Gnocchi With Rosemary, Sweet Corn, and Poached Egg

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5/5 - 8 Ratings
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time
Serving Yield 4 servings

Rye flour, Parmesan, whole milk ricotta, and an egg yolk all give these pillowy gnocchi their signature texture. Like pasta, these Italian dumplings, which originated in Northern Italy, excel at taking on sauces of all kinds: in this case, they're finished in garlic rosemary butter with fresh sweet corn, then topped with a poached egg. For your first bite, break the yolk and watch it melt onto every soft, earthy, buttery gnocchi.

By: Naturally Ella


For the gnocchi:

  • 8 ounces whole milk ricotta
  • 1/2 cup rye flour (finely ground, if possible; see notes)
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 large Pete and Gerry’s Organic Egg, yolk only
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

For the sauce and toppings:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 ear of sweet corn
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, for serving
  • 4 Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs

Nutritional Information

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving: Calories 400, Fat Cal. 250, Total Fat 28g (43% DV), Sat. Fat 15g (75% DV), Trans Fat 1g, Cholest. 300mg (100% DV), Sodium 800mg (33% DV), Total Carb. 21g (7% DV), Fiber 2g (8% DV), Sugars 1g, Protein 18g, Vitamin A (20% DV), Vitamin C (4% DV), Calcium (25% DV), Iron (10% DV), Vitamin D (15% DV). 

Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

For more information about how we calculate our nutritional content and to read our nutritional disclaimer, please check out our Recipe Nutrition Facts blog post.


To make the gnocchi:

Step 1

Line a strainer with a coffee filter or cheesecloth and set it over a bowl. Place the ricotta in the strainer and let sit for 15-30 minutes until most of the moisture has been drained. If you find your ricotta still has a high amount of liquid after 30 minutes, wrap it in the cheesecloth (or top with another coffee filter) and press down on the ricotta to help extract more liquid.

Step 2

Place the flour in a bowl along with the strained ricotta, Parmesan, egg yolk, and salt. Stir to combine and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. The mixture should be tacky but not overly wet.

Step 3

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and prepare a floured baking sheet. Divide the chilled gnocchi dough into 6 equal pieces. Working with one piece at a time on a well-floured surface, roll dough into an even 1/2”-thick rope. With a sharp knife or bench scraper, cut the rope into 1” pieces.

Step 4

Place cut gnocchi on prepared tray, and repeat the process with the remaining dough. If desired, use a gnocchi board or fork tines to roll ridges into each piece, creating the classic gnocchi look.

Step 5

Working in two batches, boil the gnocchi until they rise to the top of the pot and appear tender. Transfer to a clean sheet tray and repeat with the second batch.

To make the sauce and toppings:

Step 1

Once the gnocchi is cooked, poach the eggs uising your preferred method, then set aside.

Step 2

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add butter and let melt, then add minced garlic. Cook for one minute, then add sweet corn and cook for another two minutes. The goal here is to remove the raw flavor while maintaining the crisp texture of the fresh corn.

Step 3

To the corn, add the gnocchi, rosemary, and salt, cooking until the gnocchi are heated through and well coated in butter. Taste and adjust the salt and rosemary levels as desired.

Step 4

Divide the gnocchi and corn mixture into four bowls and top each with a poached egg. Finish with freshly ground black pepper before serving.

Farm Team Tips:

Rye flour gives these gnocchi an earthy, slightly sour flavor that brings out the sweetness of the corn, but can be difficult to find at times. It can be substituted with all-purpose flour or even white wheat flour in a pinch.

There are many options for seasonal riffs on this dish. For summer, fresh cherry tomatoes or sweet peppers are a great option. During the colder months, try roasted squash or sweet potatoes. And for spring, swap out the sweet corn for peas or asparagus and dot with goat cheese.

Depending on the vegetable you use, you can also swap out the fresh herbs accordingly. For tomatoes, add fresh basil at the very end. The rosemary works well with winter vegetables, and for spring, try dill or even a pinch of tarragon.

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July 30, 2020

Made this yesterday and it turned out amazing! The ricotta gnocchi are wonderfully light, and I pan fried them for a little longer to get a crispiness on the outside. If you’re making it as a main dish, I’d say it only serves 2 people, though.

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July 30, 2020

We're so glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe, Megan!

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