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MALFATTI – ITALIAN SPINACH DUMPLINGS

RECIPE: ALI DALY @ THE MESSY CHEFFY
Directions

Preheat oven at 180 degrees.

To make the tomato sauce:

Crush the garlic and finely dice the onion. Heat a large pan or pot with olive oil. Sweat the onions and garlic for 3 -4 minutes until soft and translucent. Pour in the tinned tomatoes, sugar, and balsamic vinegar. Simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes, stirring often. If the sauce is too thick add a splash of water. Transfer the sauce to a blender. Add the basil leaves and blitz until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set-aside

To make the Malfatti:

Drain the ricotta cheese: place the ricotta cheese into a sieve lined with a cheese cloth or clean tea towel & place the sieve over a bowl to drain out the excess liquid for 20 minutes. Bring together the sides of the cloth and gently squeeze the ricotta cheese over the bowl.

Wilt the spinach by placing it into a hot pan, add a splash of water, pinch of salt and cover with a lid for 30 seconds remove the lid and stir. Transfer the spinach to a sieve and allow to cool. Squeeze or press out the excess water from the spinach. Chop the spinach.

In a bowl add the ricotta, grated parmesan cheese, spinach, eggs, nutmeg, flour, basil leaves and salt and pepper. Roll the mixture into 20 small balls and set aside. The mixture will be slightly sticky.

Fill a large pot with water and season with salt. Bring the water to the boil. When the water is boiling carefully lower the malfatti into the pot. Cook the malfatti for 2-3 minutes. Cooked malfatti will float. Cook the malfatti in batches, to avoid overcrowding the pot. Using a slotted spoon remove the malfatti from the pot and set aside to drain and steam.  

Assemble:

Reheat the tomato sauce if necessary. Pour the tomato sauce into a large oven proof dish, place the malfatti on top of the tomato sauce. Drizzle the malfatti with olive oil. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes until slightly golden brown on top. 

Best served immediately. Serve with extra grated parmesan cheese and LeaderBrand Wild Rocket.

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Servings per package: 3

Serving size: 40 g

Avg Quantity per serve Avg Quantity per 100 g
Energy  32 kJ 81 kJ
Protein 1.2 g 3.0 g
Fat, Total 0.1 g 0.3 g
– saturated <0.1 g <0.1 g
Carbohydrate 0.0 g 0.0 g
– sugars 0.0 g 0.0 g
Dietary Fibre 1.0 g 2.4 g
Sodium 7 mg 17 mg
Folate 88 ug (44% RDI*) 220 ug
Vitamin A  113 ug (15% RDI*) 283 ug

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 14th Edition 2021

Quantities stated above are averages only.

*Recommended Daily Intake (NZ Adult)

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Servings per package: 2.5

Serving Size:40 g

Avg Quantity per serve Avg Quantity per 100g
Energy  38 kJ 95 g
Protein 1.3 g 3.2 g
Fat, Total 0.2 g 0.5 g
– saturated <0.1 g <0.1 g
Carbohydrate 0.1 g 0.2 g
– sugars 0.1 g 0.2 g
Dietary Fibre 0.9 g 2.3 g
Sodium 5 mg 13 mg
Vitamin A 89 ug (12% RDI*) 222 ug

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 14th Edition 2021

Quantities stated above are averages only.

*Recommended Daily Intake (NZ Adult)

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Ingredients

Tomato sauce:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 x 400g tins crushed or cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ brown onion diced
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves

Malfatti:

  • 2 x 120g bags LeaderBrand Baby Spinach
  • 500g ricotta
  • 80g grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 100g flour
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ cup torn basil leaves
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil

To Serve:

  • LeaderBrand Wild Rocket
  • Basil leaves
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan
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