Spinatknödel are traditional in Austria (particularly Tirol). They're spinach dumplings, they have similarities to gnocchi (but based on breadcrumbs instead of potato). This is a vegan version and works very well, but traditionally cheese is involved. I recommend serving these drizzled in sage infused olive oil, but other sauces work.

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Yield: 4 servings


  • 30mL olive oil (~27.4g)
  • 1 yellow onion (~175g)
  • 3 cloves garlic (~18g)
  • 500g baby spinach
  • 250g breadcrumbs
  • 2g salt
  • 1dash ground black pepper (~0.25g)
  • ¼tsp ground nutmeg (~0.5g)
  • 30g 00 flour


  1. If you're going to make sage infused olive oil, wash and chop sage and leave to infuse in oil (the amount in the recipe is for the cooking, not for drizzling).
  2. Peel and dice the onion, fry in 30mL olive oil until it starts to clear.
  3. Peel and mince the garlic cloves and fry for another couple of minutes - taking care not to burn it.
  4. Wash, chop and add the spinach to the pan until it wilts - this will take a few minutes.
  5. Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl, including the cooking oil, stir and ensure well mixed. The mix is relatively wet, not stiff like pasta dough, but if it really is too wet to handle, a small amount more flour could be added but be careful.
  6. Roll into around 20 to 24 balls on a floured surface.
  7. Bring some lightly salted water to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Remove from the cooking water, allow to drain for about 5 minutes and then serve with a sauce of your choice (try the sage olive oil!)

Breadcrumbs used for this should be breadcrumbs made from real bread (not the pre-made ones), slightly stale bread works the best. I made them in a blender, but chopping it finely with a knife would also work. Frozen spinach can be used, just thaw it first. I usually use chopped frozen spinach because it's convenient and cheap. 00 flour/pasta flour is best, but don't buy it specially - general purpose white flour is fine.

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  • Suitable for vegetarians
  • Suitable for vegans


Per 100g Serving (250g)
Energy 629kJ 1579kJ
Energy 150kcal 377kcal
Fat 3.6g 9.1g
  of which saturates 0.61g 1.5g
Carbohydrates 23.2g 58.3g
  of which sugars 3.7g 9.2g
Fibre 2.6g 6.4g
Protein 5g 12.6g
Sodium 140mg 351mg
  as salt 0.36g 0.89g
Fruit/veg portions 0.86 2.2

Values are based on nutritional values of the ingredients, it doesn't allow for evaporation losses or changes caused by cooking. Figures are estimates only.