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Pistachio and ricotta dumplings with peas and herbs

Herby ricotta dumplings

These are light, bright dumplings that are quick and easy to put together. It is a plate which is all about late spring: white, green and fresh. I use freshly podded peas here and I don’t cook them: I love their pop and sweetness when they’ve not been cooked and they work against the softness of the ricotta. If podding peas sounds a bit much or fresh peas are hard to get hold of for you, some briefly boiled frozen ones will work well too.

Under 30 mins
Herby ricotta dumplings


  • 100g shelled pistachios, toasted
  • 500g ricotta
  • the zest of 2 unwaxed lemons
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 8 tablespoons light spelt flour, plus a little extra
  • a small bunch of spring herbs
  • 400g freshly podded peas
  • 150ml good olive oil
  1. Chop your pistachios

    Chop your pistachios finely; you can do this in a food processor but be sure that you don’t blitz them to a powder, as you still want them to have enough texture as if they had been finely chopped by hand.

  2. Make the dumpling dough

    Put the ricotta into a bowl with the pistachios, lemon zest, chopped chilli and the flour. Season well with salt and pepper and mix gently until it comes together as a dough.

  3. Roll the dumplings

    Half fill a large saucepan with water and place it over a high heat. Roll the ricotta mixture into about 20 little conker-sized balls. Very lightly dust in a little more flour and place on a chopping board while you wait for the water to boil.

  4. Chop the herbs

    Next, finely chop the herbs, put them into a bowl with the olive oil and the peas, and season with salt and pepper.

  5. Cook the dumplings

    Once the water in the saucepan is at a boil, lower the dumplings in and cook them for 4–5 minutes, until they all rise and bob to the top. Drain on kitchen paper and serve about 5 per person, topped with the herby peas and olive oil.

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