The happy life of a happy wife…

{September 3, 2010}   Cheesy Baked Gnocchi (Macaroni and Cheese copycat)

Recipe adapted from:  Noble Pig

One of my problems in cooking is that my husband is a very picky eater.  The first time I made gnocchi, he wouldn’t even try it.  The name scared him away and he wouldn’t give it a chance.  So this time, I told him I was making a mac n cheese with “little balls of dough”.  That isn’t too far from the truth since gnocchi is basically just like a little potato dumpling.

I think it is fabulous!  Just wait until you see the cheese sauce this baby makes!!  I wanted to dunk a piece of bread straight into the pot!

I sprinkled some parmesan cheese on top of a couple baked chicken tenders.  Yummy!


  • 1 pound gnocchi
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp AP flour
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup Gruyere cheese
  • 1/4 cup creamy Havarti cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Prepare gnocchi according to package directions.  Drain and place in a single layer on an 8×8 baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. The cheese comes in a block.  Since I don’t have a shredder, I just sliced the cheese into small (shredded-like) pieces.  It will be melted, so you don’t need to be too exact.  Set aside.
  4. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Stir in garlic powder and cook for about 30 seconds.
  5. Whisk in flour until it thickens and bubbles, then whisk in milk and Dijon.  Continue to whisk mixture for about 3-5 minutes, or until it is slightly thickened.
  6. Add your cheese to the cream mixture by the handful, stirring it until fully melted before you add the next handful.  Season with salt & pepper, to taste.
  7. Pour sauce over the gnocchi and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake for about 25 minutes.  The gnocchi will be puffed and the cheese will be a golden brown.
  9. Let it rest for a few minutes before serving.


whitesays says:

Looks yummy!
You’re such a sweet wifey, i’m sure your husband enjoyed it 🙂

Thanks! 🙂 Yeah, I waited until he said it was good before I told him it was gnocchi hehe

Words can not express how yummy that looks! WANT!

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