Gnocchi “Mac” and Cheese

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After going-going-going for our first two weeks in Austin, I must say that this past weekend was a lesson in R&R.

We slept in — like, legitimately sleep in — each morning.  We ate tacos, tacos, and more tacos for lunch.  We soaked up the warm Texas sunshine and went on some long walks exploring in the afternoons.  We sipped frozen happy hour margaritas on patios as the sun went down in the early evenings.  We stayed up spending time with new and old friends and some family members passing through town until late at night.  And we took it all wonderfully — and deliciously — slow.  No rushing, no hurrying, no packed calendars.  Just nice and slow, like the charming Southern drawls we keep hearing everywhere.

Which, of course, made me realize for the 1000th time how quickly I still tend to move through life.  I feel like I have slowed down significantly over the past few years, choosing to more time with people I love and lesson work, and trying to make that quality time without being distracted by alerts on my phone or looming plans ahead.  But even still, I can’t help but always notice that my default is to rush, in the hopes of squeezing as many good things as possible into a day.

That’s the beauty of being in a brand new place, though, where everything is new and we don’t know our way around and our calendars are wi-hi-hide open.  (And notably, where we have an entire month to explore, versus trying to cram everything into a few days.)  We have been able to take our time — quite literally — with everything.  And goodnesshas it felt refreshing.  I apparently needed it.  And I’m loving it.  And I’m trying to let myself get very, very used to it.  :)

I’m happy to say that we’ve also been taking things at a slower space in our little Texas kitchen.  I’m usually the queen of efficiency when buzzing right and left around my kitchen at home in Kansas City.  But trying to navigate our way around a new kitchen has definitely slowed me down, not to mention the constant elbow-bumping and cute-dog-distracting that comes with sharing a kitchen with Cookie & Kate.  I wouldn’t change a single (slow) minute, though.  It has been so much fun.

And frankly, when it comes to Italian comfort food like this creamy stovetop Gnocchi Mac and Cheese, I want to soak up every second.

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I know that we’re not officially in the “deep” South right now.  But hey, Texas may be as close as I come for awhile.  So as a little nod to Southern comfort food while we’re down here, I thought it was high time I post a new recipe for mac and cheese.

Well, minus the mac.

My favorite gnocchi from DeLallo get to play the starring role in this rich, classic, creamy stovetop version of mac and cheese!  Which means that this dish will have minimal gluten if you use my favorite mini potato gnocchi.  (Or which can be 100% gluten-free if you use DeLallo’s gluten-free gnocchi.)  And which also means that you get to enjoy those little heavenly pillows of chewy gnocchi deliciousness with each bite.  (Sorry, I don’t know why I always think of gnocchi as “heavenly pillows”…but they are.)
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You can definitely make homemade gnocchi for this recipe if you insist.  But I took the shortcut of using DeLallo’s delicious pre-packaged gnocchi for this recipe.  I always keep a few boxes on hand in my pantry (even here in Austin!) because they only take a few minutes to boil and are perfect for last-minute dishes.

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If you’ve never cooked gnocchi before, trust me, you’re going to love ’em.  Just bring a big pot of salted water to a boil (as you would for pasta).  Then add the gnocchi and wait until they rise to the surface, for about 4-ish minutes.  Once they have floated to the top, just strain out the water and you’re ready to go!Gnocchi Mac and Cheese -- rich and creamy, easy to make, and unbelievably good | gimmesomeoven.com

While you’re waiting for your pasta water to come to a boil, let’s get started on that cheesy sauce.

I went with the classic trifecta of cheeses for mac and cheese with this recipe — sharp cheddar, fontina and Parmesan.  They are the ultimate in rich, creamy, cheesy perfection.  But in order for each of them to melt the smoothest, I recommend buying the cheese in blocks and then grating it yourself just before adding it to the sauce.

Once they are all grated, whisk them up with some milk, veggie (or chicken) broth, cornstarch (as a gluten-free thickener), garlic, and some salt and pepper to make your sauce.

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Then once your gnocchi are cooked and ready to go, toss them with the sauce.

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And the result?  Well, I think you can see for yourself.

Perfectly creamy, perfectly cheesy, perfectly gnocchi-y.  Basically just perfect, if you ask me.

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I usually prefer my mac and cheese fresh off the stovetop.  But if you prefer the dish baked, you can pop it in the oven sprinkled with some Italian breadcrumbs to get a nice crispy crust at this point.

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Otherwise, I recommend just serving it plain off the stovetop…

 

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…maybe sprinkled with some fresh parsley or basil, or maybe even topped with an extra pinch of Parmesan if you’re feeling indulgent.

Like I said, this meal is comfort food through and through.  But I promise you, it’s worth every delicious bite.  And even better when enjoyed nice and slowly.  Enjoy!

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Gnocchi Mac and Cheese

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 -8 servings 1x

Description

This Gnocchi Mac and Cheese recipe is rich, creamy, classic, and oh-so-comforting and delicious.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 (1-pound) packages *DeLallo mini potato gnocchi or 3 (12-ounce) packages DeLallo gluten-free potato and rice gnocchi)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons butter or DeLallo extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup milk, warmed
  • 1 1/4 cups freshly-grated fontina cheese
  • 1 cup freshly-grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely-ground black pepper, or more to taste
  • (optional toppings: finely-chopped fresh parsley or basil, extra Parmesan cheese)

Instructions

  1. Cook the gnocchi in a large stockpot of generously-salted boiling water, according to package instructions.  Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, as you are waiting for the water to come to a boil and for the gnocchi to cook, make your cheese sauce.  Begin by whisking the cornstarch and the vegetable/chicken stock together in a small bowl until the cornstarch is completely dissolved.  Set aside.  (Be sure that the stock is room temperature or cooler, otherwise the cornstarch will not dissolve.)
  3. Heat butter or olive oil in a (separate) large saucepan or saute pan over medium heat.  Add garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fragrant.  Stir in the cornstarch mixture, and whisk until combined.  Add in the milk, and whisk until combined.  Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the mixture reaches a low boil.  Then remove from heat, and stir in the cheeses until they are melted and smooth.  Season the sauce with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Combine the cooked gnocchi and cheese sauce in the large stockpot, and toss together until the gnocchi are evenly coated.  Serve immediately, topped with optional toppings if desired.

Notes

*If you are making this recipe gluten-free, be sure to use DeLallo’s gluten-free gnocchi.  Otherwise, their traditional mini potato gnocchi are not gluten-free.

This is a sponsored post in partnership with DeLallo.  I am a mega fan of the brand, and the story and ingredients and flavors behind their food, and all opinions are my own as always.  Thanks for supporting the brands which help make this site possible!

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99 comments on “Gnocchi “Mac” and Cheese”

  1. Yummy! They look so so creamy!

  2. This must be the ultimate comfort food dish! Gnocchi and Macaroni and cheese in one is just perfection for an off day. I’m saving this recipe for one of those days. 

  3. OOOOOOOOOH this looook FABULOUS! and make me oh so hungry!
    Must try this recipe one day
    Great photos toooo!
    loves it!

  4. I am oficially becoming obsessed with this one starting now! Oh my, it looks amazing!

  5. Confession time: I have NEVER had Gnocchi. I KNOW, totally bad food blogger over here.
    But I just KNOW that I would love it cozied all up in that cheese sauce! I definitely would be taking my time with this comfort food goodness!
    P.s, great post! I need to spend more time going through life too! Pinned!

  6. My Monday is turning out to be 50 shades of blue. I’m in need of M+C! Thanks for this, love love love it!

  7. It has been entirely TOO LONG since I’ve had gnocchi. I may just add this to my menu plan for this week…it looks delicious!

  8. So SO fun!! So happy you are taking advantage of this time in your life — make the most of your freedom!! No regrets :)

    I’m doing the 21 Day Fix right now (BLAHHHHH) so this pasta is KILLING MEEEE. I’m totally making it as soon as this dumb diet is over.

  9. Omg I need this in my life right nowww!! I love gnocchi and I love Mac and Cheese but I never thought to put the two together – must try ASAP!!

    Jillian

  10. I had gnocchi  for the first time recently and absolutely loved it! And this recipe? Pretty sure this is the only way I’m gonna want to eat it now!!

  11. This looks…amazing! I’ll have to make it vegan with some Daiya cheese, but I’m all over this. 

  12. Wowza –  major comfort food! I’m super jealous of you and Kate kickin’ it together in Austin. What a fun time you must be having! This gnocchi seems like all kinds of amazing. :-)

  13. Mmm I love making homemade gnocchi and this would make the perfect sauce!

  14. I’ve never seen mini gnocchi before but I love the concept. And gnocchi mac and cheese – I need this now!

  15. yeah girl. thanks for not baking it. whenever i’m looking for new mac recipes, they’re always baked. Also once I learned that you can subsitute an egg for butter or oil in the cheese sauce for mac and cheese, which makes it more re-heatable later because the cream won’t separate. booyah!

  16. I made a similar mac and cheese recipe yesterday but I am so jealous of your gnocchi.  This looks amazing!!

  17. WHOA! Talk about comfort food…I am loving all that creamy, cheesy goodness! Great photos :D

  18. A cross between cheesy potatoes and cheesy mac and cheese. Yes.

  19. This is my kind of comfort food! So delicious!

  20. Snowed in and 99% sure I have all the ingredients in hand!

  21. This looks SO good. Looks like I have to up my mac and cheese game ASAP. 

  22. So creamy!! Seriously, I don’t think I’ve seen a creamier pasta before. Glad you’re having a lovely time in Austin, I’ve always wanted to visit there! 

  23. I made this as a side dish to some left-over meat loaf. It is so mazing! Whenever I try something new, I always like to use what I have in the fridge. Instead of sharp cheddar I had a taco blend cheese from the night before. I used that and it gave the mac and cheese a little extra spice. Very good. I will be making this one again! 

  24. This cheesiness is making my mouth water!!  Great meal in only 35 minutes :) I’ll definitely need to try!

  25. this looks perfect! Fontina cheese with gnocchi is the best! I love gnocchi, but I don’t love ordering it at restaurants because it’s so hard to pronounce! ha!

  26. Looks all fantastic!

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  27. This may dangerously become my new favorite mac and cheese

  28. Love mac and cheese.. and i love gnocchi but never would I have thought to combine the two before. Just delicious!

  29. Oh my gosh! This looks heavenly!!!! So glad you’re having a great time in Austin! :) 

  30. Hi Ali,

    I found your blog through Pinterest.

    This gnocchi looks amazingly delicious! Pinned it and I hope to try it sometimes. 

    I blog at: https://jessicathebaker.wordpress.com/

  31. I fell in love with Gnocchi in Argentina. This recipe looks amazing! Thank you for sharing :)
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  32. Looks absolutely delicous!! I love mac & cheese, but this would be a great way to change it up.

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  33. These have my name written all over them! I am a sucker for gnocchi!

  34. This looks so creamy and delicious! A couple steps up from my regular mac n’ cheese, but looks 100% worth it! Pinning for future reference!

  35. This recipe looks delicious! There’s something interesting about using gnocchi instead of regular pasta when it comes to mac and cheese. Something interesting that makes me want to try gnocchi for the first time like this. 

  36. Hot damn, this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  37. Made this for dinner tonight and I totally recommend. I am a huge fan of mac & cheese (especially with fontina and sharp cheddar)  but was on the fence because I’d never had gnocci before. I was not disappointed. This dish really brings the flavor. Worth making again! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  38. This looks heavenly! And I am so glad to hear how much you are enjoying Austin! Having grown up here, left, and now back it truly is has the best of everything!

  39. This looks like pure comfort food!  Yum! 

  40. I love mac and cheese. What a fabulous idea to use gnocchi instead. I love this idea!!!!!

  41. oh. my. word. This cheese sauce looks like pure creamy PERFECTION. 

  42. Great idea for a weekend meal that will totally melt my family! Thanks for this creamy and delicious recipe – will definitely try it!

  43. I love how easy this is! Best cheese sauce I’ve made yet, yummy and easy as it gets. I’ve made it twice now and my boyfriend can’t get enough! Thanks for the recipe :)

  44. This recipe is so tasty! I swear I can hear the voices from my stomach! I`m going to bye the needing products from the market and thennn I will roll up my sleeves in the kitchen!

  45. I am *SO* excited to make this!!  I’ve been GF for about 4 years now after a late in life celiac diagnosis, so I’m pretty excited about all the GF recipes you have.

    Also, please don’t think me a stalker since I just pinned about half of your website to my Foodie Board.  ;)  I’m making your Easy Pepper Steak for dinner tomorrow night…

  46. This is the best “Mac” and cheese I have ever tasted! Its so good. The gnocchi is a refreshing take on the traditional macaroni. Thank you @gimmesomeoven for sharing these delicious and filling recipes . This one will forever and always stay in my book! :^)

  47. This gnocchi mac and cheese recipe brings the creamy factor to a new level Ali!

  48. Gnocchi AND creamy cheese sauce – Brilliant!

  49. Hi there! I have never commented on a food blog before, but felt I needed to now. My husband and I just finished making your recipe for the Mac & cheese, and I have to say this was absolutely delicious !!!!! I couldn’t find the mini gnocchi , so used another similar dried pasta, but the cheese sauce is amazing.  I will definitely be on the look out for the small gnocchi , but this sauce has one of the best flavors I have ever tasted and I have made a lot of Mac & cheese :))  I have never used cornstarch or broth to make it but certainly will from now on. I have finally found my go to Mac & cheese recipe. My husband said I “nailed” it, I just chuckled. Thanks again and I am now in search for your other recipes. Well done