if the fridge was empty, mama lucy would whip up her olive oil with crushed red pepper flakes version. when there was leftover spaghetti, my dad would fry it up with a beaten egg and turn it into a pizza. on birthdays, i would often request her gnocchi. it was so much work for her to roll them and I remember the damp towel covered trays dusted with flour that i could not wait to be dumped into the boiling pot.
obviously, i love my food memories and really enjoy reading about others' too. it's why i love new cookbooks, especially ones that offer me a peek into someone else's family kitchen. i recently picked up this book by david rocco who shares his experiences and recipes growing up in Canada in an Italian home. reading it brought a great sense of familiarity. but since italian cooking is so regional, there were many recipes very new to me including this fabulous one for gnudi.
it was the first recipe i tried from the book, and i am so glad that i did. i spent a bit of time rolling the little balls of ricotta and spinach, but it was well worth it. there was no stuffing of shells, and the end result was tasty but without that sometimes heavy feeling you get after a pasta dinner.
i've been successfully trying at least one new recipe a week and this one is definitely my favorite so far. if you can, you should try it. recipe here!