Gnocchi Verdi - Vegetarian Italian

2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen spinach
1 cup ricotta cheese
2 large eggs
2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup PLUS 3 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons margarine

NOTE: Gnocchi is an oval-shaped pasta.

Cook spinach according to package instructions. Drain well. Let cool. Squeeze and chop very fine. Stir in ricotta cheese; add eggs, mix well. Add 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese PLUS 3 tablespoons of flour; add salt, pepper, nutmeg. Mix well. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Spread remaining flour in shallow baking pan. Press a heaping tablespoonful of spinach mixture to form oval gnocchi, place on flour, repeat until all mixture is used.

Roll gnocchi in flour (lightly). Slip 10-12 gnocchi in boiling salted water. Cook uncovered about 5 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon to paper towel-lined plate. Then transfer to greased flame proof baking dish. Arrange in single layer in baking dish. Heat broiler. Melt margarine and spoon over gnocchi sprinkled with Parmesan. Broil until light brown for 2-3, minutes.

Serves: 6

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana