Gnocchi Mac n' Cheese

Baked Gnocchi Mac n' Cheese© Jerry James Stone via Flickr

Mac n' cheese is somewhat of a guilty pleasure, no? Like, it almost feels wrong to eat it once you no longer live in the college dormitory; I said almost! But it is one of my favorite comfort foods and I do not plan to give it up anytime soon. Well, this recipe makes the dish feel a bit more "grown up" if you will. So, go get your comfort on with a nicely chilled glass of Chardonnay. The variety has just the right amount of acid to stand up to the creaminess of the cheese sauce. Pinot noir is another good choice.

1 pound of gnocchi, cooked as instructed
1/4 cup Gruyere cheese, shredded
1/4 cup fontina cheese, shredded
1/8 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste

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.

Roux - made from butter and flour© Jerry James Stone via Flickr

Shredded Fontina Cheese© Jerry James Stone via Flickr

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!

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.

Mac n' Cheese Sauce© Jerry James Stone via Flickr

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.

Gnocchi in Cheese Sauce© Jerry James Stone via Flickr

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.

Breaded Gnocchi in Cheese Sauce© Jerry James Stone via Flickr

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

Baked Gnocchi Mac n' Cheese© Jerry James Stone via Flickr

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

Baked Gnocchi Mac n' Cheese© Jerry James Stone via Flickr

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