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Malfatti – Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings

10 Ingredients or less

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Originating from Tuscany, Italy these dumplings are incredibly delicious. Really quite easy to throw together and can be served in a buttery sauce, stock or tomato sauce.

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Malfatti – Spinach & Ricotta Dumplings

This is an authentic Tuscan dish that we have adapted for the van. It's simple quick and easy and very delicious! Malfatti means badly made in Italian but they are yummy none the less!
5 from 1 vote
10 Ingredients or less
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dinner
Servings 2 Vanlifers
Diet Vegetarian


  • 1 Manual Blender
  • 1 Small bowl to mix


  • 200 g Fresh Spinach
  • 150 g Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Flour plus extra for dusting
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Slice Bread
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Pinch Nutmeg Finely Grated
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper 
  • 1 tbsp Butter


  • Add the 200g of Spinach to your skillet pan and cook the spinach for a few minutes until its all wilted. Do not let it stick to the bottom!
    Drain and press out as much liquid as possible and leave aside to cool.
  • Add the Ricotta, Parmesan, flour and the egg to a bowl and mix it all up.
  • Once the Spinach has cooled add it the manual blender along with half a slice of bread and blitz it all up.
    Add this to the bowl and mix everything together. Season with salt and pepper and a pinch of nutmeg
    You should have a sticky but firm mixture that you can roll into balls. Add more flour if need be.
  • On your tray sprinkle a little flour. Take a tablespoon of mixture and roll into little balls or mini sausage shapes. Make sure they have a light dusting of flour.
    The balls should feel slightly firm and yet not too wet.
  • Add to a pan a shallow amount of water (enough to cover most of the dumpling) and bring to a simmer.
    Add the Malfatti dumplings and simmer for about 7 minutes.
  • Drain a little of the water but leave a little a drizzle in the pan and add a good knob of butter. Coat the dumplings and serve 3 or 4 in each bowl.
  • Enjoy!


These are also delicious in a tomato sauce!


Calories: 558kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 33gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 137mgSodium: 2060mgPotassium: 727mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 10142IUVitamin C: 28mgCalcium: 830mgIron: 6mg
Keyword dumplings, italian, ricotta, spinach
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