Give Sarah Wade’s Ricotta Dumplings a Whirl


Looking for a dish that will give you the warm and fuzzies any day of the week? Try this comforting recipe for Ricotta Dumplings from Stillwater‘s Sarah Wade. The talented chef-owner shares the secrets to this menu mainstay so you can have her award-winning fare (she took home the champion trophy at the Food Network’s Chopped Gold Medal Games) right from the comfort of home.


for the dumplings
  • 2 cups ricotta
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
for the marinara 
  • 5 vine ripened tomatoes
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 clove peeled garlic
  • 5 leaves basil
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • Salt and pepper to taste


for the marinara
  1. In a pie tin or any other dish with sides, put all marinara ingredients. Cover with foil and put in a 375 degree oven for 45 min.
  2. Take the dish out of the oven and pour everything into a sauce pot.
  3. Mash up everything with a whisk and let simmer over a medium heat until dumplings are ready.
for the dumplings
  1. Mix together all ingredients in a mixing bowl with a spatula until smooth. Add the flour stir until just combined.
  2. Scoop all mix onto a parchment paper covered cookie sheet with a small cookie/ice cream scoop, no bigger than 1.5”. If you don’t have a cookie scoop you can use two spoons and form into small “football” shapes.
  3. Let these rest until marinara is ready.
  4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Cook dumplings in batches, about 7-8 at a time. Let them boil for 5-6 minutes, transfer directly into the marinara sauce.
  5. Top with more grated Parmesan cheese and serve.

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