Gnocchi Mac and Cheese

5 from 3 votes

This delicious Gnocchi based Mac and Cheese is packed full of cheesy goodness. You will never look at Mac and Cheese the same way.

gnocchi mac and cheese on a white plate

It’s no secret that I love a good mac and cheese. So this time around I figured why not use potato gnocchi instead of macaroni? The end result is a cheesy delicious dish that the whole family will love.

Cheese Sauce in Skillet
White Cheddar Cheese Sauce

If you’ve never heard of potato gnocchi it’s basically an Italian Pasta made out of mashed potatoes plus a few other ingredients. What I like about using gnocchi is it typically cooks a lot quicker than traditional pasta noodles.

potato gnocchi

You know your Gnocchi is ready when they start to float to the top of the boiling water. Don’t overcook them as they will get soggy.

This means you should monitor the boiling pot closely. It will take longer to bring the water to a boil than to cook the Gnocchi.

gnocchi mac and cheese
Gnocchi Mac and Cheese fresh out of the Oven

If you don’t have any white pepper on hand you can substitute for some ground black pepper without affecting the overall flavor of this mac and cheese. You can also substitute the white cheddar cheese for yellow cheddar or some Colby jack cheese.

gnocchi mac and cheese with toast

You will need the following ingredients to make this Gnocchi Mac and Cheese recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Unsalted Butter, All Purpose Flour, Parmesan Cheese, Salt, White Pepper, Garlic Powder, Dijon Mustard, Potato Gnocchi, Paprika, White Cheddar Cheese, Milk. Optional ingredients: Parsley, Green Onions and Bacon.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Cook the Gnocchi according to directions on the package. Should be approximately 3 minutes when the gnocchi starts to float to the top.
  3. In a skillet over medium heat, add the butter. Once the butter has melted, add the all purpose flour and whisk constantly for 1 minute.
  4. Slowly pour in the milk and whisk until smooth. Stir for about 2 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  5. Remove the skillet from the heat. Add the cheddar cheese and stir until the cheese has melted and smooth. Stir in the dijon mustard, salt, paprika, white pepper and half the parmesan cheese.
  6. Fold in the cooked gnocchi and stir until well combined. Top with the remaining parmesan cheese.
  7. Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool for approximately 5 minutes.
  9. Optionally garnish with parsley, green onions and/or bacon.

Printable Recipe Card

Gnocchi Mac and Cheese

Gnocchi Mac and Cheese

This delicious Gnocchi based Mac and Cheese is packed full of cheesy goodness. You will never look at Mac and Cheese the same way.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Rest Time 5 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Author Rodney
Servings 8
Calories 519 kcal

Equipment

  • Skillet
  • Baking Dish

Ingredients
 

  • 2 lbs Potato Gnocchi, cooked
  • 6 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • ½ Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2 ¾ Cups Milk
  • 8 oz White Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 2 Tsp Dijon Mustard
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • ¼ Tsp Paprika
  • Tsp White Pepper
  • ½ Tsp Garlic Powder
  • Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated, divided
Toppings (Optional)
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Parsley, chopped
  • ¼ Cup Green Onions, chopped
  • ¼ Cup Bacon, cooked & chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Cook the Gnocchi according to directions on the package. Should be approximately 3 minutes when the gnocchi starts to float to the top.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, add the butter. Once the butter has melted, add the all purpose flour and whisk constantly for 1 minute.
  • Slowly pour in the milk and whisk until smooth. Stir for about 2 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat. Add the cheddar cheese and stir until the cheese has melted and smooth. Stir in the dijon mustard, salt, paprika, white pepper, garlic powder and half the parmesan cheese.
  • Fold in the cooked gnocchi and stir until well combined. Top with the remaining parmesan cheese.
  • Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Optionally garnish with parsley, green onions and/or bacon.

Nutrition

Calories: 519kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 19gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 941mgPotassium: 189mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 855IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 429mgIron: 5mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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One Comment

  1. Tommy says:

    This gnocchi Mack and cheese is to die for. Love making it. It is so creamy and very tasty. I did not have white pepper, so I used black pepper. To me it did not make a difference. Thanks to the chef for posting this recipe.

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