Well, the title of this post should have been "My Failed Attempt at Gnudi" which was what I was planning on making. I found this recipe on Mary Ellen's Cooking Creations. We thought it sounded great for a weeknight dinner and planned to make it for Thursday. I got home from work, put together the ingredients and got to the step of putting the balls into the boiling water. That is when it started to go wrong. My gnudi started to fall apart, despite the fact that after reading the reviews on the Food Network website, I put the mixture into the fridge to harden first. Oh well! Luckily, my quick thinking husband decided we should make lasagna. We had about 5 sheets of no-boil pasta sheets that we layered with jarred sauce and this mixture and popped it in the oven. The meal was delicious! I think this filling would be great inside manicotti as well. Perhaps I'll try that next time.
1 cup Ricotta Cheese
1 pound Frozen Spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 cup Grated Parmesan
2 Egg Yolks
2 Garlic Cloves, pressed
1/4 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg (this really makes it taste great!)
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
5 tablespoons Flour
1 Jar Marinara Sauce, heated
In a large bowl, mix ricotta, spinach, parmesan, eggs, and yolks. Stir in the nutmeg, salt, pepper, and flour. Spray a glass loaf pan with non-stick spray. Spread a little bit of sauce on the bottom of the pan and place a no-boil pasta sheet on top. Spread some of the spinach ricotta mixture on top of the pasta sheet. Spread more sauce on top of the mixture and repeat the layers until you have run out of the mixture. Top the lasagna with a pasta sheet and more sauce. Bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes.