I don't often buy gnocchi, mostly because I can't get a smaller package that 500 grams. If I could, I'd probably buy it more often.
So when I saw it and looked completely awesome - I couldn't hardly wait. Usually, I find a recipe and it gets filed away and I often forget about the awesome recipes that I've saved.... I'm in the process of building an index to fix this problem, but it's going to take a while.
Instead of filing it away, I printed it off immediately and on my morning trip to the grocery store, I picked up what I'd need to make it.
Three cheese sauce and gnocchi. Seriously - could life get any sweeter?
Start by cooking the gnocchi according to the package directions.
Then move on to the sauce. Start by heating butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Then add the onions and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes.
Then add the flour and stir until melted and bubbly.
Then start adding the cheese a little at a time, whisking and melting the cheese before adding more. Season with salt and pepper. I think I used 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
Put the cooked gnocchi into a greased dish. A couple of the other recipes I read said to make sure the gnocchi was in a single layer - but it really made no difference to me.
Then pour the cheese sauce over top.
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, and parsley.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling.
|Check the burnt cheese sauce - such a pretty picture.|
I might be getting scurvy.
*sigh*. This was SO good.
Here were my thoughts.
First of all. I am refusing in the future to buy those STUPID little containers of bread crumbs. They always taste stale. I can buy a loaf of bread and get much better topping. Or use crackers.
Secondly, I thought I put too much breadcrumbs on top. Most of it didn't brown and it seemed like too much. I also could have cut down on the parsley.
Thirdly, I thought there was a little too much parmesan for my taste - I would definitely cut it down.
Last of all - you could seriously do any kind of cheese and this would be wonderful. But if you like your mac and cheese really saucy, I would recommend doubling it up - I might next time.
Yum - what a delicious treat for a totally underestimated pasta!
This is the Cane Girl - signing off.
Gnocchi Mac and Cheese
1 pound gnocchi
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 1/2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup milk (the original recipe calls for skim, but I used homo milk)
1/3 cup cheddar cheese
1/3 cup mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
2 - 4 tablespoons breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 2 or 3 quart baking dish.
- Cook gnocchi according to the package instructions and rinse. Pour gnocchi into the prepared dish.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, heat the butter.
- Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes.
- Add in the flour and whisk until no lumps remain and the mixture is bubbling.
- Once bubbling, gradually add the milk and cook, stirring constantly until thickened.
- Gradually add the cheddar and mozzarella, stirring to melt.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Pour sauce over the gnocchi.
- Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, and parsley
- Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until golden brown and bubbling.
- Remove from oven and let stand 5 - 10 minutes.