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Herb Ricotta Gnocchi With Quick Tomato Sauce

[Photo: Deborah Mele]

This fresh-tasting gnocchi dish is perfect for spring and summer when fresh herbs are readily available. Light, tender pillows of ricotta cheese are studded with finely chopped fresh herbs and the dish is dressed with a quick vibrant-tasting tomato sauce. I prefer to make ricotta gnocchi within a couple of hours of cooking them, as I find they can soften too much if left too long. If not cooking the gnocchi immediately, refrigerate until needed. Although I do prefer a simple tomato sauce with these gnocchi, you could top them with a creamy pesto.

Note: Look for a high quality ricotta cheese with nothing but milk, salt, and a starter or acid in the ingredients (avoid those with gums or stabilizers). Our favorite brand is Calabro.

About the Author: Deborah Mele is the owner of Italian Food Forever, an Italian recipe blog, as well as Recipe Rebuild, a healthy recipe blog she shares with her daughter Christy, an RD. Deborah lives 6 months a year in Umbria, Italy where she oversees her guest house Il Casale di Mele.

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