Tuesday, June 14, 2011

New Mac n Cheese

Many of you may know, I LOVE Mac n Cheese. Not the lame-o blue box, but real pasta and real cheese! Wednesdays have been deemed "date nights" here and as a way to spice things up and find new stuff for dinner, I went on recipe hunt. Two things popped into my head "ooey, gooey cheese" and fluffy, creamy gnocchi!
Gnocchi and Cheese

  • 1 pound purchased or homemade gnocchi
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/8 cup shredded fontina cheese
  • Salt and white pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Basil leaves for garnish, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Prepare gnocchi according to package directions. Drain and place gnocchi in a single-layer in a 1-1/2 quart shallow baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.
  2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Whisk in flour until it thickens and bubbles, then whisk in milk and Dijon. Continue to whisk mixture and cook until slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Combine cheddar and fontina, then add by the handful to milk mixture, stirring until melted before adding the next handful. Once all cheese is melted, season sauce with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour sauce over gnocchi and sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano over top. Bake gnocchi until they puff and the cheese is golden and bubbly, about 25 minutes. Let gnocchi rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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