November 23, 2011

chicche della nonna

wednesday's dinner
it's kinda like gnocchi
but should be smaller
mine were pretty big
oversized chicche
i read the ingredients and was shocked to find that it didn't call for any potatoes or eggs
all i kept saying over and over {which must have annoyed stefano} was:
but... how can there be no potatoes?
what about eggs.. where will the moisture come from? what will hold it together?
i didn't trust this recipe
i googled every chicche recipe out there
they ALL had potatoes
they ALL had egg yolk
i was beginning to think the author made a mistake
maybe she forgot to add it in there?
maybe it's a typo?
i decided i'd follow the recipe
only because if it didn't work out i planned on emailing to complain
{i'm just like that}

anywho
i didn't have to because 
it was AMAZING.
seriously. 
DELICIOUS and LIGHT
i could go on and on and on 
but i'm so full, i just want to share the secret with my blogmates and go to bed.
here it is:

ingredients:
600g of ricotta cheese
80g flour
150g spinach
200g mild gorgonzola cheese 
{i substituted with parmigiano -- i have cheese issues}
50g walnuts {crushed}
a dash of milk

01
boil the spinach until cooked
cool and dry {i used a salad spinner}

02
blend or chop the spinach

03
preparation of the pasta
mix the spinach, ricotta and flour together in a bowl
knead
shape into a ball, then flatten into a roll
roll it out with your hands {like you did with play-doh as a kid}
cut into small 1½ cm squares
place on a flour-covered surface


04
preparation of the sauce
melt the gorgonzola
add a little milk and the crushed walnuts
{instead what i did here was melt a butter in a pan, add the crushed walnuts and some thick cream}


05
gently pour the pasta into a pot of salted boiling water
like gnocchi, they will float to the surface when cooked
usually after about 2 minutes

06
remove chicche from water with a skimmer

07
 in a deep dish alternate layers of sauce and chicche pasta


EAT

"ho viaggiato un po' in tutto il mondo. ebbene, posso dirvi che la pasta migliore si mangia da me!"
"i've travelled a bit throughout the world. and i can tell you, the best pasta is eaten in my home!"
{valentina ticchi - re:chicche della nonna}

1 comment:

  1. Valentina TicchiJune 22, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Hello Lisa,
    I am Valentina Ticchi, very glad to hear that you liked this old recipe of my family!

    Ciao
    Valentina

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