July 18th, 2012

The Best (Easiest) Gnocchi Ever.

As promised here is Part 2 of my interview with the awesome Lorraine Elliott of Not Quite Nigella fame (CLICK FOR PART 1). In this instalment we cook her special Ricotta and Chive Gnocchi.

Did I mention the burnt butter sauce? It’s a life changer…

Ricotta & Chive Gnocchi.


250g fresh ricotta
1/4 finely grated Parmegiano Reggiano plus 1/4 cup extra for sprinkling
1/4 cup flour
1 egg
2 tablespoons Fresh chives plus extra for decorating
salt and pepper
35g butter plus 15g extra for dotting


1. Brush a baking dish with butter and bring a pot of water to the boil. Preheat oven to 190C.

2. Mix the ricotta, reggiano, flour and egg in a bowl and snip some chives so that it is speckled green. Season with salt and pepper. Shape into a gnocchi shape between two teaspoons.

3. Drop 6 at a time in the boiling water and wait til they float to the top (a minute or two). Using a slotted spoon drain all of the water and place on buttered baking dish. Top with extra reggiano and dot with the 15g of butter.

4. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes until it becomes crispy at the top.

5. Meanwhile, brown butter until it becomes nuttily fragrant. The easiest way is to heat a small saucepan until medium hot and add butter, it will foam up and become very quickly browned.

6.Serve browned butter lightly drizzled over the gnocchi and snip extra chives and salt flakes to dress.

Making Quenelles.

These are the things you see the contestants fretting about on MasterChef all the time. Little rolls of ice cream, cheese, anything soft…they’re really pretty easy once you get the knack. It’s just getting the knack that’s the tricky bit. Watching Lorraine in action I learnt it’s all about repetition – roll it over and under the teaspoons until you get that smooth round finish.

 How To Burn Butter.

You can almost smell this video….Lorraine shows us how simple it is.



The Taste.

For more fabulous food inspiration head to www.notquietnigella.com
Photographer: Erin O’Sullivan.


  • Corina

    Hi Paula!

    Can I ask if that is a diamond cross pendant that you often wear? If so could you tell me where you bought it? I have some diamonds that I want to get set into a pendant and I am looking for inspiration :)

    Thank you

    Corina :)

  • Stefanie

    Looks delicous, going to make this on the weekend, thanks Paula & Lorraine.

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Thanks so much Stefanie! I hope that you like it! :D

  • http://lipstickandcake.com/ Steph @ Lipstick & Cake

    DONE! SOLD! I am making this on the weekend. I absolutely love gnocchi and I can’t get enough of burnt butter dishes. 
    Thank you for sharing Lorraine and Paula. Both your sites are favourites of mine and I think you have to team up again soon. 

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    That’s wonderful Steph! I’d love to know what you think of it! :D xxx


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