The word malfatti means ‘badly made’, so in other words they can look quite roughly shaped, without too much concern for elegant presentation. There is another version of this dish, which uses ricotta cheese as an ingredient as well as the spinach, but the version given here is reputedly the much older recipe from the Medici kitchens. Malfatti are traditionally served simply with melted, warm, unsalted butter, but they can also be accompanied by a basic tomato sauce. The recipe, in very similar forms, exists in various parts of the country, including the Veneto, but this is the most classically Tuscan version.
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