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Place of originItaly
Region or stateTuscany
Main ingredientsRicotta cheese, spinach, Pecorino Toscano
Similar dishesGnocchi

Gnudi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈɲuːdi]) are gnocchi-like dumplings made with ricotta cheese instead of potato,[1] with semolina.[2][3] The result is often a lighter, "pillowy" dish, unlike the often denser, chewier gnocchi.[4] Gnudi is an English-adopted Tuscan word for the Italian term "nudi" (naked),[5] the idea being that these "pillowy" balls of ricotta and spinach (sometimes without spinach, which is also known as ricotta gnocchi) are "nude ravioli", consisting of just the tasty filling without the pasta shell. By tradition, in Tuscany, these dumplings are served with burnt butter and sage sauce, sprinkled with Parmigiano or Pecorino Toscano cheese.[6][7][8][9]

In Italy, outside of Tuscany, they are also sometimes called "strangolapreti"[10] (priest choker) or simply "gnocchi di ricotta e spinaci" (ricotta and spinach gnocchi).

Gnudi became a popular dish in the US after a special version was served at The Spotted Pig restaurant in New York City.[11]


  1. ^ "These Recipes Prove That Gnudi And Gnocchi Are Always Delicious". The Huffington Post, 01/07/2013
  2. ^ Reinhardt, Dana. "Gno the Difference Between Gnocchi and Gnudi". Sol Kitchen. November 28, 2010.
  3. ^ "Butter & sage gnudi". Jamie Oliver
  4. ^ DeSalazar, Joe. "Eating In: Spotted Pig's Ricotta Gnudi: Gothamist. January 4, 2005. "Eating In: Spotted Pig's Ricotta Gnudi". 2005-01-04. Archived from the original on 2012-06-02. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  5. ^ Giada De Laurentiis (1 November 2011). Everyday Pasta. Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony. pp. 113–. ISBN 978-0-307-95505-0.
  6. ^ Davies, Emiko. "The Language of Food". March 13, 2012
  7. ^ Spinach and Ricotta Gnudi Recipe : Scott Conant : Food Network
  8. ^ What is Gnudi? | POPSUGAR Food
  9. ^ How To Make Gnudi | Food Republic
  10. ^ strangolapreti
  11. ^ Blake Royer (April 15, 2010). "Homemade Gnudi from The Spotted Pig". The Pampered Chef.