Ndunderi Amalfi Lemon Ricotta Gnocchi Recipe

Ndunderi, also known as Dunderi, is our favourite homemade pasta dumpling recipe from the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy.

Your family will love forking through this ancient Southern Italian pasta featuring flavourful ricotta, eggs, flour, parmesan cheese, nutmeg, basil, butter, whipping cream, lemon and white wine.

This easy “Ndunderi al Limone” vegetarian pasta recipe is a decadent main course to serve at an Italian-themed dinner party. Serve with fresh salads, antipasto, grilled steak or barbecued prawns.

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What Is Ndunderi?

Ndunderi, also known as Dunderi, are an ancient form of pasta and are even recognized as such by UNESCO.

In Roman times, they were made with spelt flour and curdled milk, but today they are prepared with wheat flour, eggs and ricotta cheese.

Nnunderi are essentially ricotta gnocchi. Instead of the usual potato and flour combination, ricotta cheese is the main ingredient that holds the dough together. This makes them much lighter, heavenly pillow-like in texture.

Nnunderi are a speciality of Minori on the Amalfi Coast. The dumplings are typically prepared with the juice of local lemons in a decadent creamy citrus sauce.

Traditional Lemon Ricotta Ndunderi recipe ingredients.
TraditionalLemon Ricotta Ndunderi recipe ingredients.

Travel to Italy by Cooking Ndunderi at Home

I love traveling to Europe!

During my first visit to the continent I traveled for 5 months by train and plane. I had the opportunity to eat my way through IrelandScotlandEnglandWalesPortugalSpainFranceBelgiumHollandDenmarkNorwaySwedenFinland,RussiaEstoniaLatviaPolandCzechGermanyAustriaCroatiaBosniaHungarySlovakiaGreeceTurkey and Italy.

What I love most about traveling to Italy is the opportunity to sample unique dishes in each region and city. The dishes in Tuscany (FlorencePisaVolterraSaturniaPitiglianoSoranoMontalcinoSiena) are unique from what you’d find in VeniceModenaMilanRome, and Amalfi Coast.

Ndunderi is a dish unique to Naples and the Amalfi Coast but can found across Southern Italy. It’s a must try pasta for those enjoying a luxurious vacation in Positano.

Once back home from an Italian holiday you’ll have a newfound appreciation for the flavours of the Amalfi Coast and can impress friends and family by making our authenticNdunderi Pasta recipe!

Mix Ndunderi ingredients in a large mixing bowl until you form a soft dough.
Mix Ndunderi ingredients in a large mixing bowl until you form a soft dough.

Where To Eat Ricotta Ndunderi

If you live in a large city in Canada or America you’ll likely have access to a local Italian restaurant that servesNdunderi.

Haven’t traveled to Italy before? It may be helpful to first sample RicottaNdunderi at a local Italian restaurant to better understand how the dish is served. You can assess the ideal dumpling size, prefered sauce and other Italian dishes to serve at the table.

In Toronto, popular Italian restaurants in YorkvilleKing West and Ossington that may serve handmadeNdunderi pasta include Bar VendettaBucaSuperpointAmanoFabbricaOrettaFIGONodoLocale MercattoThe Good SonTaverna MercattoAscari EnotecaIl Fornello or Gusto 101.

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Use a gnocchi paddle or tines of a fork to form Dunderi dumplings.
Use a gnocchi paddle or tines of a fork to formDunderi dumplings.

My Family Loves Cooking Ndunderi

I love cookingNdunderi for my family.

I first cooked this traditional Southern Italian pasta recipe during a cold winter afternoon at my family’s cottage in Muskoka.

I knew my family would enjoyNdunderi because they love ordering gnocchi whenever we eat at an Italian restaurant. My father’s favourite dish is gnocchi with gorgonzola cream.

My family love decadent cream sauces, freshly squeezed lemon, and a variety of Italian cheeses so when I served them bowls of plumpNdunderi it was a match made in heaven. The previous year I had made Italian Dumplings in a simple tomato sugo, which quickly became a family favourite. We’ve now added Creamy LemonNdunderi to our regular recipe rotation.

This recipe is vegetarian but you can serve it alongside a ribeye steak or garlic butter fried prawns for the beef and seafood lovers in the family.

Dust Ndunderi with flour and store on a baking sheet until ready to boil.
DustNdunderi with flour and store on a baking sheet until ready to boil.

Health Benefits

Our authentic Dunderi recipe is packed full of healthy ingredients!

Eggs contain two vital nutrients that are not present in many foods: iodine and vitamin D. Eggs are also rich in tissue-building protein and vitamin B12, which helps your body manufacture blood cells.

The eugenol in basil can block calcium channels, which may help to lower blood pressure. The essential oils in the herb can help to lower your cholesterol and triglycerides. Basil also contains magnesium, which can help to improve blood flow by allowing muscles and blood vessels to relax.

Consuming dairy products (such as milk and cheese) provides health benefits — especially improved bone health. Dairy foods provide nutrients that are vital for health and maintenance of your body. These nutrients include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and protein.

Whole wheat flour is rich in vitamins B-1, B-3, and B-5, along with riboflavin and folate. It also has more iron, calcium, protein, and other nutrients than white flour. 

Nutmeg is said to relieve pain, soothe indigestion, strengthen cognitive function, detoxify the body, boost skin health, reduce insomnia, increase immune system function and improve blood circulation.

A rich source of phytochemicals and vitamin C, lemons help boost your immune system and neutralize free radicals that cause disease and skin aging. Lemons also protect against heart disease and help improve blood flow to the brain.

Amalfi is famous for its large lemons so we've paired Dunderi with a creamy citrus cheese sauce.
Amalfi is famous for its large lemons so we’ve pairedDunderi with a creamy citrus cheese sauce.

Cooking Tips

This Dunderi recipe is quick and easy to make at home. Here are a few tips for first time Italian dumplings makers.

  • Use a high quality large nonstick skillet to prepare the lemon cream sauce.
  • Use a gnocchi paddle to form the dumplings or the tines of a fork.
  • We suggest using a Southern Italian white wine such as Vermentino, Greco and Trebbiano.
  • We’ve used Parmigiano Reggiano in the dough and sauce but you can substitute for another hard Italian cheese like pecorino or asiago.
  • We’ve used store-bought cows milk ricotta cheese in this recipe but you could also make homemade ricotta.
Serve Ndunderi with fresh basil and lemon wedges.
ServeNdunderi with fresh basil and lemon wedges.

What To Serve With Ndunderi

There’s nothing more comforting than cozying up to a bowl ofNdunderi swimming in lemon cream sauce.

For a light lunch or dinner, pair homemade Dunderi pasta with fresh salads like Vegetarian Roasted Pumpkin Feta Salad, Roasted Beetroot Salad, Garlic Lemon Chickpea Avocado Salad and Fennel, Apple, Celery and Roasted Hazelnut Salad.

If you’re serving Amalfi Ricotta Dumplings at a large Italian-themed dinner party pair the comfort food dish with grilled steak, barbecued prawns, roast vegetables or marinated antipasto.

After dinner why not dazzle your guests with one of our popular desserts such as Kardemummabullar Swedish Cardamom Buns , Gevulde Speculaas, Turmeric Pumpkin Spice Indian Cake, Chewy Easter Toffee Cadbury Mini Egg Cookie Bars, Oat Flour Cookies with Chocolate Chips, Dark Chocolate Lindt Lindor Cookies, Maraschino Cherry Cupcakes Recipe or Cinnamon Babka.

We love serving Dunderi with lemon cream sauce for lunch or dinner with a fresh salad.
We love servingDunderi with lemon cream sauce for lunch or dinner with a fresh salad.

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Creamy Lemon Ricotta Ndunderi

How to make homemade Ndunderi ricotta gnocchi. Our easy traditional Amalfi dumpling recipe is served in lemon cream cheese sauce with basil.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 450kcal


  • mixing bowl
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • Gnocchi Paddle or Fork
  • French knife
  • Large pot
  • Nonstick Skillet
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • cheese grater


Ndunderi Pasta

  • 300 g Fresh Cow's Milk Ricotta drained
  • 2 Eggs beaten
  • 130 g All Purpose Flour
  • 50 g Parmesan grated
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Pinch Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 sprig Basil sliced

Lemon Sauce

  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Lemon juice and zest
  • 1/4 cup Dry White Wine
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese grated


  • Put the ricotta in a sieve over a bowl for 30 minutes to ensure it is fully drained. Once the ricotta has drained, mix all ingredients for the ndunderi together (except the basil). Knead the dough just long enough to incorporate all of the ingredients. Place the dough in a bowl and cover with a tea towel and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • When the dough has chilled, divide the mixture in half. Make plump dumplings the size of walnuts. Easiest way to do this is to roll out the dough into a thick rope, about 1 inch in diameter before chopping it up. You should have a total of around 30 dumplings.
  • Dust the prongs of a fork with flour and gently roll each ricotta ball along the tines, to make a pretty ridged dumpling. Or you can use a gnocchi paddle. Place the ndunderi on a floured surface while completing the remaining dumplings.
  • In a skillet, melt butter and add juice of lemon, zest, white wine and cream. Cook until the sauce reduces and thickens, 3-4 minutes. Stir in grated parmesan cheese.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and plop dumplings in to simmer for 5 minutes. Once they bob to the top they are cooked and can be removed with a slotted spoon.
  • Add the cooked ndunderi with a 4 tbsp cooking water to the sauce and cook all together for a few minutes or until sauce thickens and clings to the sauce.
  • Remove from heat and add a sprinkle parmesan and chopped basil. Serve hot.


Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 31.9g | Protein: 19.4g | Fat: 26.3g | Saturated Fat: 15.6g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 347mg | Potassium: 238mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 376mg | Iron: 3mg

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