This recipe, from the Casentino area of Tuscany, is pure nostalgia! I can remember, as a small child, watching these gnocchi being made when my chin rested on the marble table top very comfortably. The secret is to work the mixture very lightly with your fingertips so it stays light and fluffy. Green bullets are not what you are trying to achieve! Keep your fingers stiff, use a minimum of flour on your hands as you shape, and work as fast as you possibly can.
If using fresh spinach, wash it thoroughly. Place the spinach in a heavy-bottomed pan and cook for about 5 minutes or until the leaves wilt. Cool.
Squeeze the spinach dry in your hands, then process or sieve it finely. Put it into a bowl with the ricotta,
Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Gently slip in the gnocchi and cook for 1–2 minutes or until they are floating on the surface. Scoop them out with a slotted spoon and lay them on a warm platter. Melt the butter without browning and pour over the gnocchi. Sprinkle
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