Cheese Dumplings Recipe

A must try cheese dumplings recipe with Ricotta cheese. These lazy vareniki are very easy and require only about 20 minutes, from start to finish to make.

Traditional Ukrainian cheese dumplings (aka Lazy Vareniki) are made with Tvorog; a homemade farmers cheese. This is an even lazier (I mean easier) version. The Ricotta cheese is inexpensive and simple, but I do have the recipe for farmers cheese posted.Well, here you have it. Enjoy! 

This is a modified version of SheSimmers recipe.

Ingredients for Lazy Vareniki:

15 oz Ricotta cheese
2 large eggs
3 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt + 1/2 Tbsp of salt for water
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour + more to dust
4 Tbsp butter, soft or melted

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How to make Cheese Dumplings:

1. In a medium size bowl, whisk together 2 eggs, 3 Tbsp of sugar, 1/2 tsp salt and 15 oz of Ricotta cheese just until well blended.

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2. Use a spatula to mix in 1 1/2 cups of  flour, add more flour if needed just until you can form a ball. Don’t over-mix or dough can become tough. The less you mix the dough the softer it will be.

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3. Dust a cutting board with flour and divide the dough ball into quarters and roll each section into a 1/2″ thick strip.  Cut each strip into 1/4 to 1/2-inch pieces on the diagonal (only because they are prettier at an angle).

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4. Bring a pot of water with 1/2 Tbsp salt to a boil. Carefully drop in the dumplings (try to  keep them close to the level of the water when dropping them in or they may splash).

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5. Lightly boil for about 2 minutes without stirring until dumplings float to the top. Remove with a slotted spoon into a colander and lightly rinse with cold water to remove excess starch. Toss/swirl with melted or softened butter. I boiled it in two batches using the same water, but you could probably boil them all at once.

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Serve with sour cream. We love to sauté dumplings; especially leftovers. Oh yum.

A must try cheese dumplings recipe with Ricotta cheese. These lazy vareniki are very easy and require only about 20 minutes, from start to finish to make.

Cheese Dumplings Recipe

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Traditional Ukrainian dumplings are made with Tvorog; a homemade farmers cheese. This is an even lazier (I mean easier) version. The ricotta cheese is inexpensive and simple, but I do have the recipe for farmers cheese posted.
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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: $4-$5
Serving: 4

Ingredients

  • 15 oz Ricotta cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt + ½ Tbsp of salt for water
  • 1½ cup all purpose flour + more to dust
  • 4 Tbsp butter, soft or melted

Instructions

  1. In a medium size bowl, whisk together 2 eggs, 3 Tbsp of sugar, ½ tsp salt and 15 oz of Ricotta cheese just until well blended.
  2. Use a spatula to mix in 1½ cups of flour, add more flour if needed just until you can form a ball. Don't overmix or dough can become tough. The less you mix the dough the softer it will be.
  3. Dust a cutting board with flour, divide the dough ball into quarters and roll each section into a ½" thick strip. Cut each strip into ¼ to ½-inch pieces on the diagonal (only because they are prettier at an angle).
  4. Bring a pot of water with ½ Tbsp salt to a boil. Carefully drop in the dumplings (try to keep them close to the level of the water when dropping them in or they may splash).
  5. Lightly boil for about 2 minutes without stirring until dumplings float to the top. Remove with a slotted spoon into a colander and lightly rinse with cold water to remove excess starch. Toss/swirl with melted or softened butter. I boiled it in two batches using the same water, but you could probably boil them all at once.
  6. Serve with sour cream. We love to sauté dumplings afterwards until they are golden brown; especially leftovers. Oh yum.

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  • Polina
    January 2, 2018

    For anyone who has wondered in the past or will wonder in the future, I used 16 oz of Russian tvorog (farmer’s cheese) and this required 1 cup of flour (instead of 1.5 cups). Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 2, 2018

      Thanks for sharing your helpful tip with other readers Polina! Reply

  • Cindy
    June 23, 2017

    I love all your recipes!! i tried a few of them already 🙂

    by the way, what camera do you use? your food picture looks great! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 23, 2017

      I’m so happy to hear that! 🙂 I use a canon 6d and for food I use a 100mm lens. I have more info on these in the resources section of my blog. Reply

  • Kristina
    June 14, 2017

    I like vareniki very much but I cant imagine that i can make them with Ricotta. I will try! thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 14, 2017

      Hi Kristina! It does work with the right proportions. I hope you love it! Reply

  • Martha Calle
    April 9, 2017

    I like many of your recipes and I have made several of them and they come out perfect, but this recipe does not taste neither salt nor sugar, I add the flour content that you say taking great care of not over mix and I could form a ball, but when I had to put on the counter I need add a lot of flour in it to be able to grind it a bit .For me took more than 2 minutes to cook, ??. My question is what flavor does it have ?, I think the amount of flour in the recipe is not enough, ? what texture should it have ?? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 10, 2017

      Hi Martha, these are supposed to be very mildly sweet. They are similar to the classic dough-only dumplings but adding the cheese gives them a little more flavor than just flour, milk, egg and salt. They should be boiling for 2 minutes so once you add them, bring the pot to a boil and boil 2 minutes. I hope that helps! Reply

  • Ione
    January 31, 2017

    I made this on the weekend. Super easy and really yummy. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 31, 2017

      I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • Mary
    November 18, 2016

    My mother made this dish, only the cheese is rolled flat with flour, then cut in a diamond shape. After they were boiled, she fried them sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. I made some years ago, but it didn’t taste as good as it did when I was a child. Thank you for posting. This is an old recipe called Serinicki (spell?) in Lithuania. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 18, 2016

      Mm that sounds so yummy sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar! 🙂 Reply

  • Natalie
    October 1, 2016

    Hello-what can you substitute for flour in all of your recipes for someone who is gluten free?
    Thank you Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 2, 2016

      Hi Natalie, it really depends on the recipe. I haven’t tested gluten free options but I have had readers tell me that gluten free flour works for some recipes such as my sponge cake (biskvit). Reply

  • Emily
    July 31, 2016

    I made these yesterday and served them with a lemon-dill sauce. They were incredible – thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 31, 2016

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! 🙂 Reply

  • olga
    May 22, 2016

    what if I use farmers cheese would I get the same results? I know it is dryer…. would I mix I with something? add sugar? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 22, 2016

      Hi Olga, I think they would be yummy with farmers cheese; that’s the original way Ukrainians made them! 🙂 However since it is dryer, I would suggest using less flour. I don’t think you would need to add any more sugar. Reply

  • Oksana
    April 28, 2016

    I will be making these today for the first time, and hope that they will come out great. I’ve been checking several recipes for Ricotta gnocchi (with parmesan, without sugar), and those are served with tomato sauce or browned butter. But I do like the idea of sweet lazy vareniki, so will make both versions just in case. Do you think a berry syrup would go well with these? My husband does not care for sour cream. I appreciate your website, Natasha! Used your recipes so many times, and still coming back for more ideas. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 28, 2016

      Mmm I think a berry syrup would go well with these. You’re making me hungry! 🙂 Reply

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