Three Cheese Gnocchi Bake

Three Cheese Gnocchi

I decided to refresh this recipe on the blog because it’s just too good not to share!  At first, this recipe was a Truffle Three Cheese Gnocchi, but I just was not a fan of the Truffle Butter.  You can always sub in the Truffle Butter for the butter if that is your preference, but it isn’t mine so I’m changing this post. 🙂

I am obsessed with this recipe though.  It is the absolute easiest “Mac n Cheese” twist you will ever make and it lasts forever if you are just making it for yourself.

With this recipe there are 3 different steps.

  1. Make the Roux (a fancy name for gravy).
  2. Add the cooked Gnocchi
  3. Toast the Breadcrumbs

Done! Well, there are a few more steps like cooking the Gnocchi and putting bread crumbs on the top and toasting it for a few minutes, however, in a nutshell – that’s all it is!

Three Cheese Gnocchi

Ingredients are super easy too!  Cheese, milk, a tad bit of flour, garlic, butter, cheese and gnocchi and you’ve got this meal ready to go!

Three Cheese Gnocchi

Melt 2 tbsp butter over med-low heat in your cast iron pan.  Add flour, when combined, add the 2 cups of milk and whisk until it gets thick then add the cheese and stir until completely melted – should be the consistency of a cheese sauce.  Add more milk by the tablespoon the thin the sauce, if needed.  

You have just made a gravy! 

On a Saturday morning, if you fry some bacon or sausage, just use that grease instead of butter, add milk and a bit of flour to thicken and you have breakfast gravy!  Do the same thing with your turkey at Thanksgiving – take some of the juices from the roasting pan, add milk and flour and viola you have gravy!  

Three Cheese Gnocchi

Take Roux off heat and add cooked Gnocchi.

Three Cheese Gnocchi

Add final 2 tbsp of butter and garlic to breadcrumbs and sprinkle on top of the gnocchi and cheese.  Put in oven on broil for 2-3 minutes (watch it and make sure it doesn’t burn).  You want it to get just a bit of color! Top with the finely chopped parsley and serve!

Three Cheese Gnocchi

A couple of notes:  You really need to cook this from start to finish in a cast iron pan or dutch oven.  I use my Staub Braiser, but it just needs to be able to be cooked on the stove and be put in the oven.

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Three Cheese Gnocchi Bake

Three Cheese Gnocchi

This twist on a Mac n Cheese will have you never wanting to make regular mac n cheese ever again!  Substituting Gnocchi for Macaroni and adding the 3 cheeses + a Roux really make all the difference in the world.  Hope you enjoy!

  • Author: Abby Turner
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp of softened butter
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 2c whole milk* please don’t skimp on this
  • 32 ounces (2 pkgs) Gnocchi
  • 1c Swiss cheese, thick grated
  • 1/2c White Cheddar, thick grated
  • 1/2c parmesan
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2c Italian Bread Crumbs
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Melt 2 tbsp butter over med-low heat in your cast iron pan.
  2. Add flour, when combined, add the 2 cups of milk and whisk until it gets thick.
  3. Add cheese and stir until melted**
  4. Take Roux off heat and add cooked Gnocchi.
  5. Add final 2 tbsp of butter and garlic to breadcrumbs and sprinkle on top of the gnocchi and cheese.
  6. Put in oven on broil (around 525) for 2-3 minutes (watch it and make sure it doesn’t burn).  You want it to get just a bit of color! Top with the finely chopped parsley.
  7. Enjoy!

Notes

  • You have just made a gravy!  On a Saturday morning, if you fry some bacon or sausage, just use that grease instead of butter, add milk and a bit of flour to thicken and you have breakfast gravy!  Do the same thing with your turkey at Thanksgiving – take some of the juices from the roasting pan, add milk and flour and viola you have gravy!

Keywords: Italian, Mac n Cheese, Cheese, Sides, Dinner, Pasta

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