Baked Gnocchi Mac n' Cheese

RECIPE TYPE Main Course
DIET Vegetarian
Mac n’ cheese is definitely a guilty pleasure. It almost feels wrong to eat it once you no longer live in a college dormitory; I said almost! But it’s a favorite comfort food and I do not plan to give it up. You hear that waistline! Well, this recipe makes the dish feel a bit more “grown up” if you will.
|Written December 3, 2012

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound gnocchi, cooked as instructed
  • Simple Cheese Sauce, using Gruyere, Fontina and Parmesan
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
SERVINGS6 servings
TOTAL TIME45minutes
PREP15minutes
COOK30minutes
1

Create a roux by warming the two tablespoons of butter in a large skillet and adding the one tablespoon of flour. Mix well until all of the flour is incorporated.

Butter and Flour for a Roux

2

Slowly add in the milk. Once the flour, butter and milk have combined, add both the Fontina and Gruyere cheeses. I myself had to shred more cheese at this point, as someone had been nibbling on it. Yes, I mean you Franny!

Shredded Fontina Cheese

3

At this point, the sauce should be fairly thick. If you wish for it to be thicker, bring the cheese sauce to a slight boil and then remove it from the heat. If you want to thin it out a bit, add more milk. But do it sloooowly.

4

In a large mixing bowl, toss the cooked gnocchi with the cheese sauce so that it is fully covered. If you want to eat one or two, I won’t tell.

Simple Cheese Sauce for Gnocchi Mac n Cheese

5

Transfer the cheese-covered gnocchi to a baking dish large enough to spread it out into a single layer. Then lightly top it with parmesan cheese and bread crumbs.

Bread Crumbs to Bake Mac n Cheese with a Crust

6

Bake the dish at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, until the cheese sauce begins to boil and becomes golden.

7

Let the dish cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!

EAT

Baked Gnocchi Mac n Cheese

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