With quite a few russet potatoes on hand, I decided to make gnocchi tonight for dinner. Gnocchi is a Italian dumpling made from potatoes. Inspired by Michael Chiarello’s recipe for potato gnocchi, here is my recipe for the gnocchi I made.Here’s my recipe for 4 cheese gnocchi which I served with marinara sauce, fresh basil and sweet italian chicken sausage.
Gnocchi Mac and Cheese
- 4 large russet potatoes, diced
- water for boiling
- 1 cup four cheese blend – parmesan, asiago, provolone, romano
- salt & pepper to taste
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 cup all purpose flour
Gnocchi Mac and Cheese Instructions
- In a large pot, add diced potatoes and cover with water.
- Boil the potatoes in water over medium high heat until soft.
- Drain potatoes and place in bowl.
- Add egg yolks, cheese blend, salt & pepper.
- With a masher or electric beaters, mash potatoes until smooth.
- Add 1/2 cup of flour and fold in slowly.
- Add remaining 1/2 cup of flour.
- Check the texture of the dough and if it holds together, it’s ready to roll.
- Roll balls of dough into “snakes” about 1/2 inch thick.
- Cut dough in about 1/2 inch lengths.
- Roll each piece over the tines of a fork for ridges.
- In a boiling pot of water, drop potato gnocchi to cook.
- Once the gnocchi floats, remove and place on a cooling rack over a baking sheet.
- This allows any moisture to evaporate and cools the gnocchi quickly.
- Once cooled, you can freeze it for future use, or add your choice of sauce and heat.
Mac and Cheese is a classic comfort food loved by all ages. There are so many delicious variations, however if you are looking for something a bit more unique and interesting, why not mix it up a bit by adding gnocchi! Gnocchi mac and cheese is a tasty new spin on a classic that adds a new level of flavor and texture.
What is Gnocchi? Gnocchi is a type of pasta made from potatoes that has been popular in Italian cuisine for centuries. It can be served with a variety of sauces or added to dishes like mac and cheese as a new twist on a classic recipe. Gnocchi is easy to prepare, with a soft and fluffy texture similar to that of mashed potatoes. Its versatile nature allows it to be used in a variety of dishes and recipes, and it works particularly well with cream sauces like that used in mac and cheese. Gnocchi is relatively low in calories, and provides a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It is also a good source of complex carbohydrates which can help provide energy throughout the day.
What is Needed to Make Gnocchi Mac and Cheese? Making gnocchi mac and cheese is surprisingly simple and requires just a few ingredients: Gnocchi, Creamy Cheddar Cheese, Butter, Flour, Milk, Garlic, Salt, pepper and other seasonings to taste.
How to Make Gnocchi Mac and Cheese. Making gnocchi mac and cheese is a relatively easy process with the following steps: Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Boil gnocchi according to package instructions. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat and add garlic. Add flour to the pot and cook for a few minutes, stirring often. Add milk to the pot and stir until combined. Slowly add cheddar cheese to the milk and stir until fully incorporated. Add the cooked gnocchi and season with salt, pepper and other seasonings to taste. Transfer the mixture to an oven-safe dish and bake for 30 minutes.
Serving Suggestions for Gnocchi Mac and Cheese. Gnocchi mac and cheese is a delicious and hearty meal that can be served as a main dish or a side dish. It pairs well with roasted vegetables, a fresh green salad, and even crispy bacon. You can also customize this dish with the addition of cooked sausage, chopped peppers, or other vegetables. This dish is great hot or cold, making it a great option for meal prepping or taking to a potluck.
What type of cheese works best for gnocchi mac and cheese? Answer: Creamy cheddar cheese is the most popular cheese used for this dish, however you can also use other varieties such as mozzarella, parmesan, or gouda.
Can gnocchi mac and cheese be reheated? Answer: Yes, gnocchi mac and cheese can be reheated with no problem. Just store it in the fridge and reheat it in the oven or microwave until heated through to your desired temperature.
Can gnocchi mac and cheese be frozen? Answer: Yes, you can freeze this dish. Just make sure to use an airtight container and store it for up to two months. When ready to eat, thaw out the dish overnight in the fridge and then reheat it in the oven or microwave.
4 large russet potatoes, diced
Water for boiling
1 cup four cheese blend – parmesan, asiago, provolone, romano
Salt & Pepper to Taste
3 egg yolks
1 cup all purpose flour
4 tablespoons butter
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
2 cups of milk
2 cups of shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, etc.)
Salt & pepper to taste
In a large pot, add diced potatoes and cover with water. Boil the potatoes in water over medium high heat until soft. Drain potatoes and place in bowl.
Add egg yolks, cheese blend, salt & pepper. With a masher or electric beaters, mash potatoes until smooth. Add 1/2 cup of flour and fold in slowly. Add remaining 1/2 cup of flour. Check the texture of the dough and if it holds together, it’s ready to roll.
Roll balls of dough into “snakes” about 1/2 inch thick. Cut dough in about 1/2 inch lengths. Roll each piece over the tines of a fork for ridges. In a boiling pot of water, drop potato gnocchi to cook. Once the gnocchi floats, remove and place on a cooling rack over a baking sheet. This allows any moisture to evaporate and cools the gnocchi quickly. Once cooled, you can freeze it for future use, or add your choice of sauce and heat.
In a large pot over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly, then add flour and stir for 1-2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk, stirring constantly to avoid any lumps. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat and stir in cheese, salt, and pepper until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.
Fold in gnocchi and serve. Enjoy!
You can substitute the four cheese blend with any cheese of your choice.
You can also use pre-cooked/frozen gnocchi if you don’t have the time to make it homemade.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Category: Main Course
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Italian
- Diet: Halal
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 450 kcal
- Sugar: 5g
- Sodium: 400mg
- Fat: 25g
- Saturated Fat: 11g
- Unsaturated Fat: 14g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 40g
- Fiber: 4g
- Protein: 20g
- Cholesterol: 65mg
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