Low-Carb Diets Low-Carb Ricotta Gnocchi (Gnudi) with Spinach Share Pin Email Low-Carb Spinach Ricotta Gnudi. -lvinst- Low-Carb Diets Main Dishes Recipes Basics Food Lists Carb Counts for Common Foods Low-Carb Cooking Tips for Dining Out Nutrition Side Dishes Desserts Product Reviews Atkins Diet Information Menu Help Snacks Low-Carb Recipes Popular Diet Plans Glossary View All By Laura Dolson Updated July 07, 2016 Prep Time30 min Cook Time3 min Total Time33 min Yield4 servings Gnocchi are an Italian cross between dumplings and pasta. Although this type is often called "ricotta gnocchi", these are actually a different dish called "gnudi" (pronounced noo-dee). Spinach is often added to gnudi, as I have done here.Gnudi are made with some flour, and you can use flour without too large an addition of carbs - about 5 tablespoons should do it for the whole recipe, which would add about 25 grams of carb to the nutritional information below. To cut the carbs and make the recipe gluten-free, (and since gnocci are made with potato), and I used the ever-versatile Carb Counter Instant Mashers to get the consistency I wanted. (Please note that Instant Mashers are no longer gluten-free.)Check out more Low-Carb Pasta Alternatives. Ingredients 1 10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well-drained 1 15 or 16 oz. container whole milk ricotta cheese 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper pinch nutmeg 1 egg 1 cup Carb Counter Instant Mashers Preparation 1) Make sure the excess water is out of the spinach by squeezing it through a strainer or in a clean dish cloth or tea towel. Put the spinach in the food processor with a steel blade. Process a few seconds to break down the spinach.2) Add the ricotta cheese, salt and spices. Process with the spinach. Taste for flavor and salt content.3) Add the egg and process to blend.4) Add the Instant Mashers ¼ cup at a time, and process until blended. Depending on the amount of liquid in the ricotta and spinach, you might need a little more or less. You want the mixture to be stiff enough to roll into small balls that keep their shape.5) Roll the mixture into small balls, ¾ inch to 1 inch in diameter. Gently squeeze between thumb and forefinger making indentations on both sides. For microwave method, put on microwave-safe plates. You'll want to make 3 or 4 plates; avoid crowding them. For boiling method, put on plates or baking sheet to be put into freezer or refrigerator.6) Microwave method: I have found that this works the best. Cover plate with plastic wrap or waxed paper. Microwave on high for 60-90 seconds. Rearrange the dumplings so the center ones get enough heat, and cook for another minute. When hot and firm (but not hard), they are done.7) Boiling Method: the gnocchi must be thoroughly chilled for this to work -- ½ hour in the freezer or 2 hours in the refrigerator. Also, don't let them warm up in the kitchen before putting them in the water or they will be too soft. Bring at least 3 quarts of salted water just to a boil in a large pot. You don't want a "rolling boil," or it will start to break the gnocchi apart. Just a simmer is good. Put them into the water, 10 or 12 at a time. When they rise to the surface they are done - remove and drain well. This will only take a minute or so. They will be softer than using the microwave method, but if they go in cold, they will hold together.Makes 4 servings as a main course, 6 as a side dish. You can use any type of pasta sauce you want. We like garlic and butter, tomato sauce, or pesto.Nutritional information for 4 servings: Each serving has 8 grams effective carbohydrate plus 6 grams fiber, 22 grams protein, and 225 calories.Nutritional information for 6 servings: Each serving has 5.5 grams effective carbohydrate plus 4 grams fiber, 14 grams protein, and 150 calories. Continue Reading Up Next Up Next Recipe A Simply Scrumptious Spinach Recipe Up Next Recipe Cut Carbs With This Cauliflower "Potato" Salad Recipe Up Next Recipe 5 Steps to Making a Low-Carb Clam Chowder Up Next Article How Can I Incorporate Spinach into My Low Carb Diet?