Main Dishes

Anelli di Ricotta e Spinaci (Rings of Ricotta and Spinach)

Makes 6 to 8 servings Anelli is Italian for “rings.” These crespelle will have a rich dairy taste thanks to the ricotta, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and melted butter. Enjoy them with medium-bodied dry white to cut through that velvety texture with some green fruit acidity. The dish will also be at home […]

Main Dishes

Fresh Cheese Ravioli with Pesto and Pine Nuts

Robiola is a soft cheese made from cow, goat, and sheep milk, giving it more depth than the typical ricotta cheese. If you can’t find it, ricotta will do in a pinch, but will benefit from a quick drain in a strainer to dry out. Makes 6 to 8 servings

Main Dishes

Gnocchi alla Fiorentina (Gnudi)

Makes 4 to 6 servings We like these gnocchi with a simple butter-and-sage sauce, but you might like to replace it with a simple tomato sauce. Ingredients 1 lb fresh spinach, blanched, squeezed dry, and chopped 12 oz (1 1/2 cups) fresh ricotta, drained if necessary (see Recipe note) 1/2 […]

Main Dishes

Pappardelle with Broccoli Rabe and Ricotta

Serves 6 to 8 We love this recipe with homemade chestnut pappardelle, but for a simple meal, any pasta will do. Substitute broccoli, broccolini, or even chopped Swiss chard for the broccoli rabe. Ingredients 2 lb broccoli rabe Kosher salt, as needed 10 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 2 garlic cloves, […]

Main Dishes

Roasted Butternut Squash with Ricotta Gnocchi

Makes 6 servings Don’t overthink the shaping step of your ricotta gnocchi. Rustic, freeform shapes—whether ovals, circles, or something in between—still taste delicious. Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 cups peeled and diced butternut squash 2 tablespoons butter 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock, hot 1 tablespoon thinly sliced sage […]

Main Dishes, Sandwiches

Sweet and Spicy Ricotta Toast with Figs

Makes 4 servings If you like sweet but not spicy, skip the chili oil step. If you can’t get your hands on fresh figs, you can use fig jam, sliced berries, or peaches. For a vegetarian version, try adding salted nut butter or grilled eggplant. Ingredients 1/2 cup olive oil, […]

Chef's Notes Plus

What I’m Cooking: Lemon Baked Pasta with Broccoli Rabe

I haven’t always embraced my Italian-American identity. That’s not to say I’m not proudly Italian-American, or that I’m somehow ashamed of my Italian ancestry. It was more the Jersey Shore Italian-American stereotype that sort of haunted me, even before MTV entered the conversation. On campus at The Culinary Institute of […]