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Ricotta Gnocchi with Truffle Sauce
Ricotta Gnocchi with Truffle Sauce
(Gnocchi di Ricotta con Salsa di Tartufo)
 
 
Ingredients:
 
For the Gnocchi:
1 pound fresh ricotta cheese
1 large egg
1/3 cup finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese (about 1 ounce) plus additional for serving
1/2 teaspoon salt
Large pinch of ground white pepper
3/4 cup all purpose flour plus additional for coating

For the Sauce:
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
6 thin prosciutto slices
12 whole fresh sage leaves
2 pounds fresh wild mushrooms (such as crimini, oyster, and stemmed shiitake), sliced
2 large shallots, chopped
6 fresh thyme sprigs
2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
2 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon black truffle oil
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) chilled butter, diced
 
Directions:
 
Prepare the Gnocchi:
Line medium bowl with several layers of paper towels.

Spoon ricotta cheese into bowl.

Let drain at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.

Beat egg, 1/3 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, salt, and white pepper in large bowl to blend.

Mix in ricotta.

Sprinkle 3/4 cup flour over and stir gently to blend.

Cover and chill dough 1 hour.

Line rimmed baking sheet with plastic wrap.

Place some flour in bowl.

For each gnocchi, gently roll 1 heaping teaspoonful of dough into ball.

Add to flour; toss to coat lightly, shaping into short log.

Place on baking sheet.

Prepare the Sauce:
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in large pot or extra-large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add 3 prosciutto slices.

Cook until beginning to brown, about 2 minutes per side.

Transfer to paper towels.

Repeat with remaining prosciutto.

Add whole sage leaves to pot; saute until crisp, about 1 minute per side.

Transfer to paper towels.

Heat remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil in same pot over medium-high heat.

Add all mushrooms, shallots, thyme, and chopped sage.

Saute until mushrooms brown and liquids evaporate, about 12 minutes.

Transfer mixture to bowl.

Add broth to same pot and boil until slightly reduced, scraping up browned bits, about 7 minutes.

Remove from heat.

Add 1 teaspoon truffle oil and mushroom mixture.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Cook gnocchi in large pot of boiling salted water until very tender, about 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, rewarm sauce.

Add butter; toss until blended.

Using strainer, transfer gnocchi to pot with sauce.

Toss over medium heat until sauce coats gnocchi.

Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer to large shallow bowl.

Crumble prosciutto over.

Top with sage leaves; serve with additional Pecorino cheese. Makes 6 first-course servings.
 
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