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Ricotta Dumplings in Tomato Sauce

This comfort food is quick and easy to make!

Ricotta dumplings are one of my favorite comfort foods! They are delicious in soups or served with a simple tomato sauce. It is very simple to make and delicious served with crusty bread and a glass of wine!


For the dumplings:

  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs + more for consistency
  • 7 oz ricotta cheese, well drained
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 pinch of lemon zest
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Ground black pepper

For the sauce:

  • 400 g passata
  • 1 large tablespoon tomato paste
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves
  • Coarse sea salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Grated Parmigiano for serving


  1. For the dumplings, mix together breadcrumbs, ricotta, Parmigiano, egg, parsley, lemon zest and pinch of salt and pepper. Rest in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  2. Make the sauce by first sauteing garlic in olive oil in a pan. Add remaining ingredients, stir with a wooden spoon and let simmer. 
  3. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
  4. Using your hands, shape dumplings into little balls from the mixture and gently add to the pot of boiling water. Do not crowd the pot. 
  5. Dumplings will float to the surface; allow them to cook for an additional 8-10 minutes after they are floating.
  6. Once dumplings are finished cooking, add them to the tomato sauce to simmer for a minute or two.
  7. Serve with fresh grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and enjoy!


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