Definition of malfatti in English:


plural noun

  • Dumplings or gnocchi made with spinach and ricotta.

    • ‘Using two teaspoons, shape the malfatti into small quenelles and gently drop them directly from the spoons into the simmering water.’
    • ‘Some of the pastas are very good, too, like chewy malfatti tossed with bits of sweet sausage and Parmesan, and a bowl of cream-laced casarecci garnished with peas, shreds of prosciutto, and truffles.’
    • ‘Bring water to the boil in a large saucepan and put the malfatti in.’
    • ‘Poach half of malfatti in barely simmering water… warm while poaching remaining half.’
    • ‘Once all have cooked, pour the melted butter over the malfatti and sprinkle with the rest of the Parmesan.’


Italian, from malfatto ‘badly made’ (because they resemble ravioli without their pasta envelopes).