Gnocchi Mac and Cheese

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It’s been quite a while since I posted my recipe for sweet potato gnocchi with brown butter sauce, so I decided that it was high time to post my go-to gnocchi recipe that this sweet, autumn version is based on. This is what I make when I want comfort food and have a little extra time on my hands, since the recipe makes a ton of gnocchi. It’s worth the effort though since they freeze wonderfully, and it’s nice to have on hand both for company and for when I want a quick freezer meal during the week but still want something homemade. This time though, rather than frying up the finished gnocchi with butter like I usually do, I decided to make gnocchi mac and cheese. It’s easy to whip up a simple roux using pantry staples to give this classic dish a new twist. Give it a try this weekend!

For the gnocchi:

  • 6 baking potatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2-3 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan-Romano cheese

For the gnocchi mac and cheese (serves 1-2):

  • 1/2 lb gnocchi
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/8 cup shredded fontina cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmigiano-Romano cheese

To make the gnocchi, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Pierce the potatoes all over with a fork, and then bake, covered, in an 9×13″ baking dish about an hour.

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Cool the potatoes before peeling. Once peeled, put the potatoes through a potato ricer.

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In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs, and salt. Then, put a large pot of salted water on the stove and bring it to a rolling boil. Make a well in the center of the potatoes and pour in the egg mixture. Knead into the potatoes. Add in the cheese and 2 cups flour, adding additional flour as necessary.

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Turn out on to a floured surface and knead lightly just until smooth.

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Divide the dough into 12 pieces.

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Roll each piece to about 1/2″ thick, and then cut each piece into 1/2 to 1″ pieces.

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Use the back of a fork to press against each piece to form ridges on the gnocchi.

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Move to baking sheets covered with parchment paper to get ready for boiling.

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Add the gnocchi a few at a time to the pot of boiling water, stirring occasionally. Cook for about 3 minutes until they float. Using a slotted spoon, move them to a paper towel to dry, and then move them back to the baking sheets. At this point, you can freeze the gnocchi (first in one layer on the baking sheet; then you can transfer them to a resealable bag). Do not thaw before cooking.

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To make the roux for the gnocchi mac and cheese, melt the butter in a sauce pan over medium heat and preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant. Then, stir in the flour until the mixture begins to thicken. Add in the milk. Continue to cook about 3 minutes longer or until thickened. Remove from heat and add in the cheeses. Mix the gnocchi in with the cheese sauce, and then sprinkle additional cheese on top. Transfer the mixture to a small baking dish and bake about 20 minutes or until the cheese begins to brown.

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48 Responses to “Gnocchi Mac and Cheese”

  1. 1 Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Wow that looks insanely rich, filling and delicious!

  2. 2 Jamie | My Baking Addiction Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I have never made gnocchi, but I love it and this mac and cheese looks amazing!

  3. 3 Jessica @ How Sweet Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Oh my gosh…. I think I just died and went to heaven.

  4. 4 Wenderly Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I think I’ve died and gone to *carb heaven*

  5. 5 Sandy Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Guess I’ll add potato ricer to my Amazon wish list. With my husband’s love of potatoes this just has to be made! And thanks I was wondering what a roux was! Another recipe referred to it and I’d never heard it before!

  6. 6 Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Oh my, that looks wonderful! I haven’t made gnocchi before, but it’s on my “to do” list.

  7. 7 Kristy Lynn Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Wow. I’m making these. Yum, anyone??

  8. 8 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I have always wanted to make gnocchi! These look wonderful, Tracy, and I love that you used them in mac ‘n cheese! Do you think that finely ground potato consistency can be achieved with anything besides a potato ricer, though? It’s not on my list of kitchen gadgets to buy, so I’m wondering if my food processor could do the job. Thanks!

  9. 9 jenn Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    i almost bought some packaged gnocchi at the store today, but they were made with potato flakes, so i put them back. now i know what i’m going to do with the bag of potatoes i have in the pantry! thanks for sharing!

  10. 10 Jenny Flake Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    How adorable and delicious do these look! I’ve never tackled these before, YUM!

  11. 11 bridget {bake at 350} Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    My husband doesn’t like gnocchi….yes, he’s insane….so I think I’ll make this and eat it ALL.BY.MYSELF.

  12. 12 AKM Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    oh my….I had always been intimidated by the thought of making homemade gnocchi but you have made it out to be so much less complicated than I thought. Thank you!

  13. 13 Merut Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I’m just going to say it. This is GENIUS! I love gnocchi and I love mac-n-cheese. This is like a marriage made in heaven. I haven’t made my own gnocchi yet, but it is on my “to-do” list. Thanks for sharing!

  14. 14 Christina Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Oh my. Gnocchi is one of my favorite things ever! Never thought about turning it into a mac and cheese. What a great idea!

  15. 15 Maria Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I want this right now! YUM!

  16. 16 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I love making gnocchi – so fun!! And making mac ‘n cheese with it?! Double yum!

  17. 17 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    That looks insanely good! Just perfect for when you need a little comfort right ;-)

  18. 18 Amanda @ Kevin & Amanda Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Be still my heart! This looks fabulous! :)

  19. 19 Mama Kelly aka Jia Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I had never even thought of making macaroni and cheese with gnocchi. It looks so good!!! I think I’m going to have to ask for a potato ricer for my birthday so I can make this.

  20. 20 Joyti Says:
    March 4th, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Wow, this looks wonderful. Comforting (the mac and cheese aspect) yet still unique and elegant (the gnocchi)…and I bet utterly delicious.

  21. 21 Katrina Says:
    March 5th, 2011 at 8:17 am

    This looks so tasty! I absolutely love gnocchi!

  22. 22 Gina Chorma Says:
    March 5th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I am a huge gnocchi fan! Got a potato ricer last year for xmas and haven’t used it yet. I will now!! Thanks :)

  23. 23 Michelle Says:
    March 5th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    This look amazingly delicious!

  24. 24 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels Says:
    March 5th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    OH my goodness, gnocchi mac and cheese?!?! I’m in love. This seriously looks so incredible from the homemade gnocchi to the gnocchi mac and cheese. :)

  25. 25 Joanne Says:
    March 6th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Gnocchi mac and cheese…now this is comfort food to the max! I love that you made the gnocchi from scratch. I’ve only done it once before but I really ought to give it another go!

  26. 26 Cookin' Canuck Says:
    March 6th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    This is such a great idea! This makes the regular mac ‘n cheese pale in comparison.

  27. 27 Brooke (Baking with Basil) Says:
    March 6th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Making this right now. Can’t wait to try it out!

  28. 28 DessertForTwo Says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Mmmmk, New Year’s resolution to stop eating cheese is officially over. Thanks for saving me from a cheese-less year :)

  29. 29 Raina Says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Gnocchi is by far one of my favorite pastas. They must taste amazing prepared in that wonderful cheesy sauce. Great idea!

  30. 30 shelly (cookies and cups) Says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    This is so great!
    You are a rock star for making me even THINK about making gnocchi :)

  31. 31 Ari Recipes Says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    simply yummy and full of cheese :X

  32. 32 Lori @ RecipeGirl Says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 11:13 am

    I’m impressed- your own gnocchi?? You make it look so easy. Turning it into Gnocchi & Cheese is a fab idea too.

  33. 33 nicole @ our three reasons Says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    i’m dying over here! :) this looks incredible.

  34. 34 jenn Says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    made these this morning and the step by step instructions created a culinary success! thanks for posting this. it was a bit messy, but WELL worth the 2 hrs, start to finish.

    my MIL is 1/2 italian and is coming to visit in may. these will be tucked in the freezer to serve when she comes!

  35. 35 Rachel Marion Says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Gnocchi is on my to list of things to make. I must purchase a potato ricer soon.

  36. 36 carolinaheartstrings Says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    That looks rich, creamy and wonderful. What is not to like about that!!!!

  37. 37 Courtney Says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I bet they don’t have this in a box! WOW I’ve never made Gnocchi but you just gave me a reason, delish! :)

  38. 38 Tickled Red Says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Oh my word! My week is over the top but I am so making this recipe as soon as I get back from my trip I don’t care if it’s midninght. YUM!!

  39. 39 Sarah Says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I love gnocci, but always make it with a red sauce. Mac and cheese gnocci is such a great idea!

  40. 40 Becca@Baking Monster Says:
    March 7th, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Oh man that looks so good, you are amazing!

  41. 41 Kristen Says:
    March 8th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Comfort food at its finest. This looks fantastic!

  42. 42 Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker Says:
    March 8th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    I absolutely adore gnocchi but have never thought to use them in mac and cheese; this looks totally fabulous!

  43. 43 stealthnerd Says:
    March 10th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I’m pretty sure this meal would kill me but I know that I would die happy! It looks SO amazing!!!

  44. 44 Beth Says:
    March 22nd, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Just wanted to let you know I made this last week and it roooocked! Thanks for the recipe :)

  45. 45 Nancy Says:
    August 16th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    I used pre-made gnocchi – probably better homemade – but sooooo yummy

  46. 46 Derick Says:
    September 13th, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I have tried making this with gnocchi from my local store. I was not happy with the results. I will give this one a go!

  47. 47 Kaitlyn Says:
    October 24th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    My husband keeps mentioning Gnocchi and now I know how to make it. Thank you! This looks like the perfect meal to complement the snow outside.

  48. 48 Tina Wick Says:
    December 28th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I haven’t made gnocchi in years but this looks to good to pass up. Thank you!

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