Cacio e Pepe-Inspired Ricotta Gnocchi

Wisconsin Cheese Cacio e Pepe-Inspired Ricotta Gnocchi  Recipe
Active Time
1 Hour



Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Parmesan or Ricotta can be used in this recipe.


  1. Place ricotta on a paper towel-lined plate. Press ricotta with paper towels to remove excess moisture.
  2. Combine the ricotta, eggs, salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Add 2 cups flour; stir to combine. Add remaining flour, a tablespoon at a time, until a soft dough forms. (Dough will not be sticky.)
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead five times. Divide dough into six portions. Roll out each portion into a 3/4-inch-thick rope. Cut rope widthwise into 3/4-inch pieces. Roll each piece against the tines of a fork to create ridges. Transfer pieces to a rimmed baking sheet dusted with flour.
  4. Bring water to a boil in a Dutch oven or stockpot. Add gnocchi in batches; cook for 3-4 minutes or until gnocchi floats. Remove gnocchi with a slotted spoon. Keep warm. Bring water back to a boil before cooking remaining gnocchi. Drain, reserving 1 cup hot gnocchi water. Yields about 1-3/4 pounds gnocchi (5 cups).
  5. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallot and remaining pepper; cook and stir for 3-4 minutes or until shallot is tender. Add gnocchi and 1/3 cup reserved gnocchi water; cook and toss for 1-2 minutes or until water is slightly reduced.
  6. Remove from the heat. Gradually add American Grana®, tossing well after each addition. Toss with rosemary. Add remaining gnocchi water, a tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency. Garnish with additional American Grana® and rosemary.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

American Grana® is a premium parmesan cheese aged at least 18 months on wooden shelves in special caves. During this process, the cheese wheels are turned by hand to develop its deep nutty flavor and granular texture.

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