Basil & Sweet Corn Gnudi with Blistered Cherry Tomato Sauce {gluten free}

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Gnudi (pronounced nu-dee) is just a fun word to say!  And if you are anything like me (having the humor of a ten year old) you will laugh pretty much every time you say it.

But, in all seriousness gnudi are super delicious!  If you are not familiar with gnudi, it is basically the inside of a ravioli filling, hence the name gnudi, it’s got no noodle to cover it up, it’s naked cheese!  You could also look at it as being a dumpling made out of ricotta.  However you decide to look at this gnudi, just don’t stare too much or else you might embarrass it!  (I warned you about my humor)

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I grew up eating ravioli and it has always been one of my favorite Italian dishes, but gluten free ravioli can be hard to come by and even when I do find it, it is usually pretty expensive.  That is one of the reasons I love the gnudi so much, I can forgo the pasta part and eat only the ricotta, which is really the part of ravioli that I love most anyway.

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 I have seriously been obsessing over this cherry tomato sauce ever since I made my cherry tomato vinaigrette a while ago.  Side note – Does anyone else perpetually spell the word vinaigrette wrong??  Thank goodness for spell check!  This was the easiest tomato sauce I have ever made in my life and probably one of the best.  All you do is roast the cherry tomatoes in a pan on the stove until they start to burst open, and then you add them to a blender with some basil, garlic, and salt and you have an awesome summery tomato sauce.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of the sauce making process because I was so excited about it and I wanted to eat it the second it was done.

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Another thing I love about gnudi is that it sounds fancy and complicated, but it is actually super easy to make.  All you do is mix up the ingredients, form them into little football shapes with a spoon and then drop them into boiling water for a few minutes.   I have no doubt that you will impress all your friends if you make these for them!

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 Then, if you want to take an extra step you can crisp them up in a pan with a little bit of olive oil, which I definitely recommend!  You can really add pretty much any flavors you want to these, but since it is summer, I thought that sweet corn and basil would be fitting.  I also love that the corn adds a bit of texture into the smooth ricotta.  

As much as I’m loving all this summer produce, I am SO ready for the cooler weather to come!  I almost burnt the bottoms of my feet the other day by running barefoot out to the mailbox.  Not exactly my idea of a nice, relaxing summer!  I hope you all are staying cool out there :)

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Basil & Sweet Corn Gnudi with Blistered Cherry Tomato Sauce {gluten free}

  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Entree, Gluten Free


  • 2 cups part skim ricotta cheese, or whole milk ricotta
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish, if desired
  • 1 whole egg, beaten
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 2 1/4 cups gluten free all purpose flour, or regular all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sweet corn kernels, plus 1/2 cup sweet corn kernels
  • 1/3 cup chopped basil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Blistered Cherry Tomato Sauce:

  • 4 cups cherry tomatoes
  • small handful chopped basil leaves
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • salt, to taste


  1. In a food processor, combine the ricotta cheese, 3/4 cup corn kernels, basil, lemon zest, and garlic. Pulse until all ingredients are combined.
  2. In a large bowl, add the ricotta mixture, egg and egg yolk, Parmesan cheese, flour, 1/2 cup corn kernels, salt, and pepper. Mix until combined. If for some reason mixture seems too soupy you can add a little more flour. Cover a large sheet pan with a thin layer of flour. Using two large spoons, shape heaping tablespoons of the mixture into football shapes. Lay gnudi out on sheet pan and dust the tops with a little bit of flour.
  3. Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Place gnudi into the boiling water and boil for about 7 – 10 minutes. Gnudi will float to the top after a few minutes, but you still need to give it a little bit more time to make sure the inside isn’t gooey. You may want to cook them in batches, as to not over crowd the pot.
  4. Right before you are about to serve them, heat a large pan over medium heat an add about 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Place gnudi into the pan and saute for about 5 – 10 minutes, until gnudi are golden brown.

Make the Cherry Tomato Sauce:

  1. Heat a large pan over medium heat and place the cherry tomatoes in. Cook cherry tomatoes for about 20 minutes, or until they are soft and starting to burst open, stirring occasionally. Carefully place cooked cherry tomatoes into a blender and add basil, garlic, salt, and crushed red pepper flakes. Blend for 30 seconds – 1 minute.
  2. Pour the hot cherry tomato sauce over the gnudi and top with grated Parmesan cheese and basil leaves, if desired.

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  1. Faune says

    Wow, this is such a good idea! I honestly don`t think that I`ve ever heard of gnudi before. It`s kind of late, and I was just absently scrolling through facebook when I saw your post on this dish. I had to come look because I was so curious about the gnudi–and I share your humor–and I really enjoyed reading this post! xo

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks! I don’t remember when the first time I heard of it was, but this was the first time I made it and I think I will be making it a lot now! Haha, I’m not surprised at all that we share the same humor! Love you!

    • She Likes Food says

      It really is so cool! You should definitely give it a try, if you love ravioli you will really love gnudi!

    • She Likes Food says

      I can’t remember where I first heard of them, but I haven’t been able to get them out of my head since! TGIF! (Except I work on Saturdays, but at least I only have one more day to weekend happiness) :)

  2. says

    The restaurant I used to work at had a gnudi dish…but that was forever ago- and I havn’t seen it since. I remember loving it! Your recipe looks delicious! (And I have to chuckle about the name too. Can’t help it!)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you! I hadn’t eaten it in years, but it was just as amazing as I had remembered it! I’m glad I’m not the only one who has the humor of a 10 year old! :)

  3. says

    I am so intrigued by this!! I have never heard of this but I am totally loving the concept! I am adding this on my list of things to try! And yes, I totally cannot spell the word vinaigrette. Without spell check I would look like a moron, for sure! :)

    • She Likes Food says

      You guys would love this, especially since you don’t have to worry about finding gluten free noodles! The cheese is the best part anyway! I would totally look like a moron without spell check too, thank goodness for it! Have a great weekend, Annie!

  4. says

    This dish looks absolutely amazing, Izzy! I’ve never heard of gnudi before, but now I want to try it! Love that it’s the inside filling of ravioli. Your cherry tomato sauce sounds perfect. I think I would use it over anything that I could get my hands on! :) Definitely pinning for the future.

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much, Gayle! I don’t see gnudi very much, except for at Italian restaurants, I guess that is why you have to make it yourself if you want it! Thank goodness it just happens to be easy! If you are anything like me, you will for sure want to cover everything with this cherry tomato sauce! I almost didn’t have enough for the gnudi because I kept “taste testing” it with a spoon :)

    • She Likes Food says

      They are all my favorite summer flavors too!! I first heard of them a while ago and the name really stuck with me, ha! They are pretty much little pillows of heavenly cheese!

  5. says

    I’m trying to think if I’ve even heard of ‘gnudi’ before, Isadora (tee hee!)
    Anyway, they really sound sooo tasty, and yes, I would definitely do the final pan-frying thing. They remind me of gnocchi, but seem a bit easier to make, which of course is a bonus! :-)

    • She Likes Food says

      I would think they might be a little more popular over in your parts, but maybe they are pretty rare everywhere. I’ve really only seen them a few times at Italian restaurants, but I love ordering them when I get the chance! Yes! They are very similar to gnocchi, but with ricotta instead of potato. I really love gnocchi too! And yes, the pan frying is a must!

    • She Likes Food says

      Haha, I’m glad I’m not the only one! If you can believe it, they are much more fun to eat than they are to say!

    • She Likes Food says

      Haha, I can totally see your kids laughing at the name too! Afterall, my husband and I both had a good laugh about it! I bet your kids would love these, afterall, they are basically just ricotta cheese and sauce!

  6. says

    haha I do that with certain words :) I too have the humor of a 10 year old and think ridiculously stupid things are hysterical… lol

    This looks awesome! I’m loving the sound of that sauce! And who is Cheeto’s friend??

    • She Likes Food says

      I’m glad I’m not the only one, lol. I remember being in health class in high school and praying that the teacher wouldn’t call on me to read the sections with “adult” words in them!

      That would be Cheeto’s frienemy, our neighbor dog named Poots, which also happens to be a word that I can’t say without laughing!

  7. says

    Izzy! Your “nude-y” 😀 is ultra sophisticated and I want a big bowl of this pillowy perfection. This looks straight out of Italy! The corn addition would be the perfect way to add some texture and sweetness. Corn is about to come out in my ‘hood and I can’t wait! CRUNCH :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thanks Al! I’ve been eating so much corn lately! It is crazy how the produce season can be so different from place to place! I hope you enjoy your corn bounty that is coming soon :)

  8. says

    Gnudi, never heard of it! Looks delightful. I’m especially intrigued by your blistered cherry tomato sauce, I absolutely love that name……can’t wait to try. Well, it’s pouring rain here so a comfort dish like this looks perfect today (and it’s in the 60’s, so weird for this time of year). Love that puffed up cat! hehe.

    • She Likes Food says

      I’m starting to realize that gnudi isn’t as common as I thought it was! The blistered cherry tomato sauce is soooo good, Laura! You have to try it! Oh man, I wish it was pouring rain here right now! And 60 degrees sounds so perfect right now. Will you please send me some of your rain and cool weather?!

    • She Likes Food says

      You must try gnudi! It taste like a creamy cloud of ricotta! And, it really is perfect for people watching carbs!

    • She Likes Food says

      The more I think about it, the funnier it is that they are called gnudi, because quite literally they are nude, lol! This cherry tomato sauce would be a great way to use up some of the beautiful cherry tomatoes you have growing!

  9. says

    This sounds so so good, Izzy! I am ALL about anything sweet corn these days and I currently have a TON of garden cherry tomatoes and am looking for any way to use them up. —That sauce looks PERFECT. This is basically my dream summer meal. 😀

    • She Likes Food says

      Me too, Sarah!! Sweet corn is the only way to go in the summertime! I’m so jealous of all your cherry tomatoes! I grew a few plants, but I didn’t get nearly as many tomatoes as I would have liked. This is also my dream summer meal, I think we have a lot of in common :)

  10. says

    I have never heard of gnudi before but it looks amazing! Such a great idea and I would have a blast saying it over and over too since I have the sense of humor of a 10 year old too haha. Love the cherry tomato sauce – sounds delicious :)

    • She Likes Food says

      It really is so fun to say over and over, haha! The cherry tomato sauce really makes the dish and now it is the only tomato sauce I ever want to eat!

  11. Tina says

    This recipe is outstanding! You are right – the sauce, though simple, is probably the best tomato sauce we’ve had. Had never had gnudi before, but will be adding this to our meal planning choices! Really great recipe.

    Questions: Can the gnudi be frozen once boiled and prior to searing? Can they be made a day or so prior through the boiling process and then warmed/seared in olive oil before serving?

    Just wondering, as this would be a great dish for company!

    Thanks for a great recipe!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much, Tina!! Cherry tomato sauce is my favorite sauce! I’ve made it a few times this summer and I can’t get enough! I’m so glad you liked the gnudi too! I have never frozen it myself, but I don’t see why you can’t freeze them, thaw them and then sear them. I think that would work great! I also think it would work great to make them a few days ahead of time and then sear them right before serving! Enjoy :)

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