The word gnudimeans naked because these delicate little dumplings are simply made by boiling a ravioli filling, otherwise known as naked ravioli.
It’s ravioli without the pasta or you may also call them ricotta gnocchi.
1/2 stick of butter
4 cups ricotta cheese
2 eggs, lightly beaten
6 tablepoons flour
1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of ground nutmeg
In a large bowl combine the ricotta cheese, eggs, flour, half of the Parmesan, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Mix to combine then place in the refrigerator for about an hour to allow the mixture to firm up.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bring a pot of salted water to boil.
Lightly flour your hands and roll 1 tablespoon of the mixture at a time into small balls. Gently drop the balls into the water and boil for about 5 minutes or until they slightly puff. Using a slotted spoon, remove the gnocchi and set them on a towel to drain.
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter and coat the bottom of a 10-inch baking dish. Arrange the gnocchi in the dish in one layer about ¼ inch apart. Melt the remaining butter and pour over the gnudi. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan, some freshly chopped sage leaves and bake for 5 minutes. Serve.