Scooping into baked gnocchi mac and cheese with large black spoon
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5 from 9 votes

Gnocchi Mac and Cheese

Gnocchi Mac and Cheese is THE ultimate comfort food. Forget traditional macaroni and let those gnocchi balls ooze into the most delicious mac and cheese sauce imaginable!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Original
Servings: 4
Calories: 720kcal
Author: Chris Collins
Cost: £3.50 / $4

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2lbs / 1kg Gnocchi

Sauce

  • 5oz / 150g Streaky Bacon, diced
  • 2.5 cups / 625ml Milk, at room temp
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 2 tbsp Plain Flour
  • 1 cup / 100g Cheddar, grated
  • 1 cup / 100g Mozzarella, grated
  • 3oz / 80g Parmesan, grated (save half for the topping)
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste

Topping

  • 1/2 cup / 30g Breadcrumbs
  • Parmesan
  • pinch of Salt & Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil Spray

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200c/430f.
  • Begin by frying your bacon in a pan over medium heat until crispy. Drain away excess fat if necessary (a couple of tsp left in the pan is fine).
  • Melt in 2 tbsp butter, then stir in 2 tbsp flour until a paste forms. Gradually whisk in your milk 1/2 cup at a time, stirring throughout to ensure no lumps form.
  • Once thickened, add in 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp onion powder and 1 tsp dijon mustard. Stir to blend, then add in 1 cup cheddar, 1 cup mozzarella and 1/2 your parmesan. Taste test for salt and pepper.
  • Meanwhile, pop your gnocchi in salted boiling water and cook for 1-2mins. Do not cook for the full packet instruction time, take at least 1 minute off. It still needs to be fairly firm, this is just to remove the starch and cook through slightly. Drain and combine with your cheese sauce. Pour into an oven safe dish.
  • Top with other half of parmesan, then 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, followed by a pinch of salt and pepper then spray with oil to finish.
  • Pop in the oven for 20mins or until golden on the top and bubbling in the centre. 

Video

Notes

a) Pasta Sub - You if you want to sub the gnocchi for regular pasta, then use 10.5oz/300g. Same advice as the gnocchi, make sure the pasta is only just cooked when you drain and add to the sauce. Do not cook the pasta for the full recommended packet instruction.
b) Salt - Cheese, especially parmesan, can be fairly salty so just be careful how much you use to season the gnocchi, sauce and topping. With the same token ensure it is unsalted butter you are using.
c) Gnocchi Timing - It's essential not to over-boil the gnocchi before you add it to the sauce and bake. The aim of the game is to boil it just enough to release some starch, but not enough where it fully cooks. As soon as the first gnocchi floats to the top of the boiling water, drain and add to the sauce. If you over-boil the gnocchi it's going to go mushy once it's baked!
d) Breadcrumbs - Panko breadcrumbs work great here, which you can find in most supermarkets.
e) Updated - I uploaded this recipe in 2018, since then have updated the photos and video. I also slightly reduced the amount of onion/garlic powder.

Nutrition

Calories: 720kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 38.9g | Fat: 35.6g | Saturated Fat: 20.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9.9g | Trans Fat: 0.6g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 1557mg | Potassium: 759mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10.9g | Vitamin A: 2650IU | Vitamin C: 4.1mg | Calcium: 840mg | Iron: 3.6mg