Ricotta Gnocchi with Mushrooms Recipe.

Homemade Ricotta Gnocchi with Mushrooms Recipe from Piemonte.

This homemade ricotta gnocchi with mushrooms is a divine recipe from the mountains of Piemonte (Piedmont), in North West Italy. Traditionally made with Piemontese ricotta and fresh porcini, this vegetarian recipe is just as delicious with other types of ricotta and mushrooms.

ricotta gnocchi with mushrooms

Gnocchetti di ricotta con funghi trifolati.

Ricotta is definitely one of my absolute favourite ingredients, after pasta of course! I’ve been using it quite a lot in pasta recipes recently and just love how well these two Italian staples work together! Apart from ricotta being used by Italians as a pasta condiment or filling, it’s also used to make gnocchi, or Italian dumplings.  This ricotta gnocchi recipe from Piemonte is a fabulous example of how delicious ricotta dumplings can be!

ricotta gnocchi with mushrooms

Different types of gnocchi.

Italians eat gnocchi in the same way as pasta. In other words, they usually serve them as a ‘primo’ or first course, followed by the main course. Here in Italy, they say ‘secondo’ to mean main course. In addition, gnocchi are traditionally eaten with sauces that are used on pasta too. Plus, many Italians like to have them with broth or baked, also popular ways to eat pasta.

ingredients for ricotta gnocchi with mushrooms on white plate

Like pasta, there are many different types of gnocchi. Maybe not as many different types as pasta, but certainly quite a few! You can find them made in the classic way with potatoes, or potatoes plus another veg such as pumpkin.  There are also bread gnocchi, semolina gnocchi and like in this recipe, ricotta gnocchi.

ricotta, eggs, parmigiano cheese and flour in white bowl

Gnocchi also come in various sizes and shapes. The largest are probably canerdeli, which are bread dumplings traditional in the mountainous Trentino-Alto Adige region.  When gnocchi are a little smaller than usual, Italians call them ‘gnocchetti’ meaning little gnocchi!

ready ricotta gnocchi dough in white bowl

Ricotta from Piemonte.

As I mentioned above, this ricotta gnocchi with mushrooms is based on a recipe from Piemonte. The gnocchi or gnocchetti are traditionally made with a unique ricotta called Seirass. The name of this cheese is the local dialect word for ricotta. This is a very light, smooth and fresh ricotta to which cream is often added at the end of the processing.  It, therefore, has a more buttery flavor than normal ricotta. It is also very creamy and a bit sweet. Although this cheese is called ricotta, they actually make it from milk not whey.

ricotta gnocchi being made floured on wooden board.

Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, Seirass isn’t easy to come by these days, especially outside of Piemonte. So, this ricotta gnocchi recipe can, of course, be made with other types of ricotta. I used a fresh sheep ricotta.

ricotta gnocchi on floured baking paper ready to be cooked

Making the gnocchi.

Ricotta gnocchi are actually pretty easy to make. All you need to do is mix the ricotta with eggs, flour and grated parmigiana or grana. The dough is then left to rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Unlike other gnocchi dough or pasta dough, this is quite ‘wet’ so you’ll need to use a well-floured board to form the gnocchi. Once they are ready, just cook them in boiling salted water. When they rise to the surface, strain them and add to the sauce.

chopped frozen porcini, white champignon mushrooms, parsley and garlic in white bowls

Making the mushroom sauce.

In Italian, ‘funghi trifolati’ is basically sautéed mushrooms. This is a way of cooking fresh, often foraged, mushrooms that is very traditional in Piemonte. The mushrooms are cooked in olive oil and butter with garlic and parsley. Funghi trifolati is eaten as a side dish or with polenta, risotto, or pasta.

mushrooms pieces, garlic and olive oil in frying pan

For this ricotta gnocchi recipe, the mushrooms would traditionally be fresh porcini. But, when these are not available, different kinds of mushrooms are used.  I used frozen porcini and normal white champignon (button mushrooms). You can also use dried porcini. If you do, don’t forget to soak them for 20-30 minutes before cooking.

parsley and butter added to mushrooms cooking in frying pan

You can cook the mushrooms, while the gnocchi dough is resting in the fridge. Once you have added the cooked gnocchi to the mushrooms, just sauté them all together for a couple of minutes and serve.

cooked ricotta gnocchi added to mushrooms in frying pan

Making this recipe strictly vegetarian.

Most ricotta is made without animal rennet, so it’s vegetarian. However, Parmigiano and Grana are made with animal rennet, so you will need to substitute with a vegetarian hard cheese.

ricotta gnocchi with mushrooms

If you do try this homemade ricotta gnocchi with mushrooms, I’d love to hear what you think. Please write a comment here on the blog or post a comment on the Pasta Project Facebook page.

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Ricotta gnocchi with mushrooms

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ricotta gnocchi with mushrooms
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ricotta gnocchi with mushrooms
Homemade Ricotta Gnocchi with Mushrooms
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
 

This delicious Piemontese recipe for homemade ricotta gnocchi served with sauteed mushrooms is pretty easy to make and a fabulous dish for meatless Mondays and vegetarians.

Course: homemade gnocchi, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian, Northern Italy, Piedmont-Piemonte
Keyword: gnocchi, homemade gnocchi, mushrooms, porcini, ricotta, ricotta gnocchi
Servings: 4
Author: Jacqueline De Bono
Ingredients
Ingredients for gnocchi
  • 500 g ricotta (1lb) fresh sheep or cow's milk ricotta or Seirass
  • 200 g all-purpose flour (7oz) I used Italian '00' flour. You can also use Italian type 1 flour (not as fine as '00')
  • 60 g Parmigiano Reggiano or grana (2oz) vegetarians should use hard cheese without animal rennet.
  • 3 eggs 2 whole, 1 yolk
  • 1 pinch salt
Ingredients for mushroom sauce
  • 500 g mushrooms (1lb) I used 60 g (2oz) frozen porcini and white champignon button mushrooms. you can use dried porcini.
  • 2-3 garlic cloves peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 handful fresh parsley washed and chopped
  • 2-3 tbps extra virgin olive oil.
  • 2-3 tbps butter
  • salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper. to taste
Instructions
Start to make the gnocchi dough
  1. Mix and knead all the gnocchi ingredients together ( I did it in a bowl). First using a fork and then by hand. Put the dough in the fridge covered with plastic wrap for half an hour.

Make the mushroom sauce
  1. While the dough is resting prepare and cook the mushrooms. If using dried porcini, soak them in warm water for 20-30 minutes first. Then drain them but keep a bit of the water to add to the sauce. Clean the other mushrooms and cut into slices. Peel the garlic and chop finely. Was the parsley and chop finely.

  2. Heat the olive oil and half the butter in a frying pan or skillet. Add the garlic and cook until it starts to soften. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking until they start to brown slightly. Add more butter if they start to dry out. When the mushrooms are almost cooked add the parsley and the rest of the butter. Add salt and black pepper to taste. Cook for another 5 minutes.

Make the ricotta gnocchi
  1. Put a pot of salted water on to boil. In the meantime, with the help of plain flour or semolina, take a tablespoon of the dough and roll it between your hands into a ball (you will probably need to flour your hands. Then roll the ball out into a rope/snake on a floured board. Cut the pasta into gnocchi of about 2cm in length and roll them across a fork or gnocchi board if you have one to create ridges. You can also leave them without ridges.

Finish the dish
  1. Add a little olive oil to the boiling water and then carefully put a few gnocchi at a time into the boiling water. They will sink to the bottom and rise to the surface when cooked. Once they rise, remove them from the water using a slotted spoon and add them to the mushrooms. You will probably have to cook the gnocchi in batches.

  2. Sauté the gnocchi and mushrooms together for a couple of minutes. If the sauce seems dry add some of the gnocchi cooking water or more butter. Serve immediately with a little more chopped parsley and grated cheese.

Recipe Notes

This recipe can be made with different types of fresh ricotta, cow’s milk, sheep ricotta or a mixed ricotta. The original recipe is made with Seirass, ricotta from Piemonte.

The traditional version of this recipe is for fresh porcini but you can use a mixture of fresh mushrooms of your choice plus dried or frozen porcini.

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55 Comments

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    Ramona
    May 1, 2020 8:16 pm

    A dream recipe. I have been craving ghnocchi for quite some time – this is coming at perfect timing and the fact that they are with mushrooms makes me crave these even more. Must make this soon.

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    Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    April 27, 2020 8:30 pm

    Oh my gosh! I love gnocchi and mushrooms. Making this ASAP. What a delish recipe.

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    Aline
    April 27, 2020 7:29 pm

    I’m so happy!! Gnocchi is my favorite but I never think to make them at home. But now with restaurants closed I just have to. We’re making it on Thursday night for date night – counting the days!

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    Debbie
    April 27, 2020 2:45 pm

    This gnocchi sounds AMAZING! This looks like such a hearty dish and I can’t wait to try it.

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    Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    April 27, 2020 8:53 am

    Wow, this gnocchi looks so good! I always thought it was really hard to make, but it sounds so easy! I am going to try to make it this weekend 🙂

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    Gail Montero
    April 26, 2020 5:09 pm

    I need to use ricotta more and you give me so many lovely and yummy ideas here! Love this!

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      The Pasta Project
      April 27, 2020 3:46 am

      It is such a versatile ingredient, and of course absolutely delicious!

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    Alena
    April 26, 2020 3:09 pm

    All of your recipes make it seem like I have an Italian chef helping me cook these delicious recipes so I can enjoy them in my own home. This one is no different and looks amazing.

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      The Pasta Project
      April 27, 2020 3:56 am

      That is so very kind of you, Alena! One of my favourite things to do is cook for friends!

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    Constance Smith
    April 26, 2020 12:32 pm

    I have never made my own gnocchi before, but your recipe makes it look totally doable! Thank you!

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      The Pasta Project
      April 27, 2020 3:57 am

      It is absolutely doable, Constance! Don’t be intimidated and give it a whirl!

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    Loreto and Nicoletta Nardelli
    April 26, 2020 7:42 am

    Ricotta gnocchi are so good! We love making them and most of all, eating them! 🙂 They look beautiful and what a wonderful mushroom sauce you made! A perfect pasta dish!

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      The Pasta Project
      April 27, 2020 4:02 am

      Thank you, I love making them too! Glad you love the mushroom sauce!

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    Sondra Barker
    April 26, 2020 4:47 am

    Wow I love regular gnocchi but these sound amazing! Definitely going to be trying this recipe out soon.

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      The Pasta Project
      April 27, 2020 4:03 am

      If you like gnocchi then these are bound to appeal to you! I hope you get to try them!

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    Mirlene
    April 26, 2020 4:37 am

    I love everything about this recipe. Easy to follow and is filled with delicious flavor. Can’t wait to try it.

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      The Pasta Project
      April 27, 2020 4:08 am

      Thank you, Mirlene.

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    Leslie
    April 26, 2020 1:41 am

    I love reading your recipes. You do such a great job explaining how to make your amazing food!

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      The Pasta Project
      April 27, 2020 4:10 am

      Thank you, Leslie. I hope to make it as easy to understand as possible!

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    Marisa F. Stewart
    April 25, 2020 7:57 pm

    We love ricotta gnocchi even better than potato. The gnocchi are as light as air. They almost float off of the plate. I like the addition of the mushrooms to compliment the gnocchi. I’ve pinned the recipe to try both out.

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      The Pasta Project
      April 27, 2020 4:13 am

      The gnocchi are as light as air! I like the image of them floating off the plate!

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    Emily
    April 25, 2020 7:15 am

    I’m really loving gnocchi lately and this gnoccih and mushroom combo is so amazing!

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      The Pasta Project
      April 27, 2020 4:13 am

      Thank you, Emily.

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    Colleen
    April 25, 2020 12:04 am

    I love gnocchi but I haven’t made it. Your instructions make it look so easy that now I’m going to give it a go. Thanks for sharing!

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      The Pasta Project
      April 27, 2020 4:16 am

      You will love it if you try it, nothing better than homemade gnocchi!

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    Paula Montenegro
    April 24, 2020 2:37 pm

    I love pasta with ricotta and this gnocchi recipe is no exception! The mushroom sauce is truly a spectacular idea. Thanks for sharing!

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      The Pasta Project
      April 27, 2020 4:16 am

      Thank you, Paula! Ricotta is one of my favourites too!

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    Mama Maggie’s Kitchen
    April 24, 2020 10:40 am

    Mmm… I think I just heard my tummy growl. lol. Thank you for making me hungry! This Ricotta Gnocchi with Mushrooms Recipe is perfect!

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      The Pasta Project
      April 27, 2020 4:17 am

      Must be pasta time!

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    Lesli Schwartz
    April 23, 2020 8:32 pm

    My daughter made homemade gnocchi recently and it was amazing! I have never tried, but your recipe looks so worth trying!

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      The Pasta Project
      April 27, 2020 4:17 am

      Homemade gnocchi is so much nicer than store-bought and not at all hard to make!

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    Marta
    April 23, 2020 7:59 pm

    I love that, even though this is a vegetarian dish, it looks so filling and satisfying. I don’t think I’ll even miss the meat.

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      The Pasta Project
      April 27, 2020 4:18 am

      Gnocchi is really satisfying, you certainly won’t miss meat with this!

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    Stine Mari
    April 23, 2020 7:42 pm

    Ricotta is so mild and creamy, perfect next to gnocchi and mushrooms. This looks like just my thing, yum!

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      The Pasta Project
      April 27, 2020 4:18 am

      Thank you, Stine, I hope you get to try it!

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    Kay
    April 23, 2020 8:22 am

    What a fabulous recipe. I love that you show us how to make gnocchi, which is a lot easier than I would have imagined!

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      The Pasta Project
      April 27, 2020 4:19 am

      It tastes more complicated to make than it is, and once you have made your own, there is no going back!

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    Lathiya
    April 22, 2020 11:02 pm

    Never heard of making Gnocchi using Ricotta Cheese. This gnocchi with mushroom looks delicious and hearty.

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      The Pasta Project
      April 27, 2020 4:19 am

      Thank you, Lathiya.

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    Kelly Anthony
    April 22, 2020 8:51 pm

    Gnocchi is one of my very favorites to eat but I’ve never attempted to make it. Your step by step directions will make my first time making gnocchi so much easier.

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      The Pasta Project
      April 27, 2020 4:20 am

      If you get chance to make your own, let me know how it turns out. You will love it I am sure!

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    Jenny Graves
    April 21, 2020 9:28 pm

    So lovely, absolutely delicious. I had never tried making gnocchi before and your recipe made it easy for me. I will be making it again and again. Thanks so much!

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      The Pasta Project
      April 27, 2020 4:21 am

      Thank you, Jenny. Happy to hear that it was a success!

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    Megan
    April 21, 2020 4:53 pm

    I tried gnocchi for the first time a few months ago and it instantly became a new favorite of mine! so excited to try this recipe out!

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      The Pasta Project
      April 27, 2020 4:21 am

      Mine too, Megan!

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    Mama Maggie’s Kitchen
    April 20, 2020 9:18 am

    Hmm yum! I never really had this before but this Ricotta Gnocchi with Mushrooms Recipe looks really scrumptious. I have to rethink dinner tonight. My husband will love this.

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      The Pasta Project
      April 27, 2020 4:22 am

      I hope it’s a big hit!

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    Janelle
    April 20, 2020 1:36 am

    So heavenly and yum, thanks for the receip

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      The Pasta Project
      April 27, 2020 4:22 am

      Thank you, Janelle!

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    Denay DeGuzman
    April 20, 2020 1:29 am

    I’m so excited to have found this homemade gnocchi recipe! I love that they’re served with mushrooms. Yum. Yum! I’ll be making your recipe later this week!

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      The Pasta Project
      April 27, 2020 4:22 am

      Thank you, I hope you try it and love it!

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    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    April 19, 2020 11:49 pm

    This looks like such a delicious dinner option! I do love gnocchi but don’t tend to make it very often. That needs to change.

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      The Pasta Project
      April 20, 2020 4:46 am

      Thank you. I hope you get to try it soon!

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    Sara Welch
    April 19, 2020 11:03 pm

    Enjoyed this for dinner last night; it was easy and delicious and exactly what I needed! Easily, a new family favorite dish!

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      The Pasta Project
      April 20, 2020 4:47 am

      I am glad it was a hit, Sara!

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