Ricotta Gnudi with Black Truffle.

Ricotta gnudi with black truffle is a heavenly dish made with Tuscan gnudi. Even without black truffles you will love these divine ricotta dumplings!

Ricotta gnudi with black truffle

Gnudi di ricotta con tartufo.

We all know that there are a lot of mouthwatering dishes in Italian cuisine. The list is endless even if I just stick to pasta and gnocchi. I include gnocchi under the pasta banner because types of gnocchi include similar ingredients to pasta and Italians serve and cook them in the same way. In fact, there are many ‘sauces’ that can be, and are, eaten with either pasta or gnocchi!

ingredients for ricotta gnudi with black truffle

One particular totally (and I mean totally) mouthwatering dish I fell in love with many years ago was ricotta gnudi. Until now, I hadn’t made them myself. But, finally I have crossed one thing off my bucket list! I have made ricotta gnudi!!

Ricotta, flour, Parmesan and eggs in white bowl

What are ricotta gnudi?

Gnudi are dumplings from Tuscany, where they usually make them with spinach in the dough. In reality they are a ravioli filling without the pasta. However, these ricotta gnudi don’t have spinach. These are melt-in-your-mouth dumplings made with ricotta, eggs, flour, Parmesan, lemon zest and nutmeg.

ricotta gnudi mixture in white bowl

Why ricotta gnudi without spinach?

I decided to make these gnudi without spinach because I had some black truffles to use up! Amazing thing to be able to say, but my hubby came home with a bag full of black truffles the other day; actually about 20! The first recipe I made with these marvels was tagliolini with taleggio and black truffles. Check out that recipe to read more about truffles in Italy and how I ended up with so many!

ricotta gnocchi mixture in white bowl with floured baking paper

So, because truffles have such a umami flavour that doesn’t go with everything, spinach was out. At least for this gnudi recipe. First, I kept it very simple and dressed the ricotta gnudi with black truffle shavings, browned butter and a sprinkling of Parmigiano.  However, I made extra gnudi, kept them in the fridge and served them to friends the next day with the same taleggio sauce as the other black truffle recipe I mentioned above (sadly no photos of that as it was evening and the light wasn’t good enough).

ricotta gnocchi on baking paper

Simple to make.

Ricotta gnudi are pretty simple to make. However, you do need to keep the dough in the fridge for a while before cooking. At least I think so. I have read different opinions about that. Some people cook them immediately, others leave them in the fridge for 24 hours. I left the dough for the first lot in the fridge for about 3 hours. Then formed all the gnudi, rolled them in semolina flour and boiled the first batch in unsalted water. They were fantastic!

ricotta gnudi with browned butter on blue and white plate

The remaining gnudi I used the following day had been in the fridge for more than 24 hours. They were really yummy too, just a little firmer and slightly heavier than the first batch. But, as I’m sure you can imagine, they were divine with the taleggio sauce and black truffle shavings.

Other ways to serve ricotta gnudi.

If you don’t have black truffles you can serve these ricotta dumplings with just the browned butter and grated cheese. Otherwise, they are delicious with a porcini mushroom sauce like in my recipe for tagliatelle with porcini or just a sage butter like in my recipe for homemade pumpkin gnocchi with sage butter. Ricotta gnudi nudi are also delicious with a homemade tomato sauce.

Ricotta gnudi with black truffle

Whichever way you serve these ricotta gnocchi, I’m sure you’re going to agree that they are one of the most mouthwatering Italian recipes you have tried!

If you do make this ricotta gnudi with black truffle recipe, I’d love to hear how it turns out and if you liked it. So, please leave a comment here on the blog or on The Pasta Project Facebook page.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Buon Appetito!

Some other black truffle recipes on The Pasta Project

  1. Tagliolini with Taleggio and black truffle
  2. Pappardelle with walnut sauce and black truffle

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Tuscan ricotta gnudi with black truffle

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Ricotta gnudi with black truffle
Ricotta gnudi with black truffle
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Resting time
2 hrs
Total Time
40 mins

Ricotta gnudi with black truffle is a heavenly dish made with Tuscan gnudi (gnocchi). Even without black truffles you will love these divine ricotta dumplings!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian, Tuscany
Keyword: gnocchi, gnudi, homemade gnocchi, ricotta
Servings: 4
Author: Jacqueline De Bono
  • 400 g fresh ricotta (14oz) cow's or sheep's ricotta
  • 60 g flour (2oz) all purpose or '00'.
  • 90 g Parmigiano (3oz) grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • black pepper as required
  • salt as required
  1. Drain the ricotta of any liquid and put it in a bowl with 2/3 of the grated Parmigiano, the egg, the egg yolk and the flour, after passing it through a sieve. Grate a little nutmeg and some lemon zest and a pinch of salt into the mixture. 

  2. Mix everything carefully with a fork. You can also use your hands but you don’t want to knead this dough, just make sure all the ingredients are well incorporated. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave it to rest for at least 2 hours in the fridge. 

  3. Place some baking paper on a tray and sprinkle with semolina flour (or normal flour) You can use wet hands to make the balls. I used an ice-cream/melon scope to get the same quantity of gnudi mixture for each ball. Place the gnudi balls on the tray and roll a little to cover each ball slightly in flour. 

  4. Put a pot of water onto boil and, in the meantime, melt the butter in a skillet or frying pan. It needs to brown but not burn. Cook the gnudi in the boiling water for 2-4 minutes, as soon as they come to the surface remove with a slotted spoon. 

  5. The cooking time will depend on the size of your gnudi. Then either add them to the pan with the melted the butter or plate them and pour the butter over them. Serve with a sprinkling of Parmigiano and truffle shavings.

Recipe Notes

If you don’t have black truffles you can serve these ricotta gnudi with just the browned butter and grated cheese. Otherwise, see the article for other recipe ideas.

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    Tara M Heleniak
    January 8, 2020 10:17 pm

    Can you freeze the gnudi?

    • Jacqui
      January 9, 2020 9:13 am

      Hi Tara, I have never frozen Gnudi, but I have read that you can. Apparently they can stay in the freezer for up to 1 month and should be cooked from frozen.

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    Nathan Wyper
    January 21, 2019 3:43 pm

    I absolutely love making Gnudi the are so delicious! I’ve never had them with truffles before but I’m sure it would be heaven! Great recipe!

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    January 21, 2019 3:27 pm

    This looks like the perfect comfort food that not only will fill your belly but will impress your family too! Amazing!

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    Mary Bostow
    January 21, 2019 3:23 pm

    My husband and I made this dish and while it was time-consuming, it was so worth it. The gnudi were good!! Really glad to discover Gnudi!

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    Kacie Morgan
    January 21, 2019 3:08 pm

    I’ve never heard of ricotta dumplings before but I bet they taste out of this world – especially when truffle is added to the equation, my gosh! <3

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    Danielle Wolter
    January 21, 2019 1:42 pm

    This sounds absolutely incredible. Black truffles are my favorite, and I although ive never had gnudi, they sound delicious with the ricotta cheese!

    • Jacqui
      January 21, 2019 2:11 pm

      Thank you Danielle! I love black truffles too and am always on the look out for great truffle recipes. This is definitely one! The combination of the gnudi and the black truffle is divine!

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    November 26, 2018 6:36 pm

    I’ve always had a thing for gnocchi but I’ve never had ricotta gnudi before. I would love to try it with the truffles and also with the spinach. Might be a good way to get my kids to eat spinach! LOL 🙂 Beautiful mouthwatering dish! 🙂

    • Jacqui
      November 26, 2018 8:31 pm

      Thanks so much dearest Sherri! Ricotta gnudi really are melt-in-your-mouth delicious, with truffles and without! I hope you’ll try them!

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    November 26, 2018 3:56 am

    So incredibly comforting – I like the idea of truffle in with the rich cheesy dough.

    • Jacqui
      November 30, 2018 11:57 am

      Thank you Caroline! Truffles with cheese are a wonderful combo!

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    November 24, 2018 11:59 am

    I am always looking for new ways to try truffle and this looks delicious.

    • Jacqui
      November 30, 2018 11:58 am

      This is a super way to serve truffles Danielle. I’m sure you’ll agree if you try it!

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    November 24, 2018 8:10 am

    What a fantastic dish! I’ve never tried ricotta gnudi before, but it looks delicious! I wish I could try it right now.

    • Jacqui
      November 30, 2018 12:00 pm

      Thanks so much Marie! Ricotta gnudi are divinely delicious, even just with browned butter or a sage butter! I hope you’ll give them a try!

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    November 24, 2018 6:00 am

    Pure Italian comfort food! I need to get my hands on some black truffles.

    • Jacqui
      November 30, 2018 12:02 pm

      Yes, Italian cuisine really does include so much yummy comfort food Ellen! I hope you’ll give this recipe a try if you get some black truffles although the gnudi are delicious with sage butter too!

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    November 24, 2018 5:01 am

    What an elegant meal! I’d love to try this for the holidays!

    • Jacqui
      November 30, 2018 12:04 pm

      Grazie Allison. The truffles certainly make this an elegant meal which would be perfect for a special occasion! I hope you’ll make it!

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    Adriana Lopez Martin
    November 24, 2018 4:53 am

    Never heard of ricotta gnudi but sounds and looks delicious a real celebratory meal with all those truffle shavings what a feast! LOve Italian cuisine it is simple but so elegant and tasty.

    • Jacqui
      November 30, 2018 12:05 pm

      Thank you Adriana! I also think this is a fab dish for a special occasion. Simple but elegant and divinely delicious!

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