Gnocchi, Gnocchi. Who’s There?

Tis the season to eat and eat and eat and eat. Ok, so there’s more to the holidays than just that, but it’s definitely a big part! There’s just something about this time of year that has me craving comfort foods. From a big bowl of steaming hot soup (totally recommend trying this recipe for chickpea soup) to the ultimate comfort food: mac & cheese.

M&C is my weakness you guys. My favorite food since I was a kid. Today I’ve got a variation on the traditional version: Gnocchi Mac & Cheese. So cheesy, and it comes together rather quickly. While you wait for the water to boil, start shredding the cheeses (yes, plural…there are 3 different types in this cheese sauce!). Once the water is boiling, pop in the gnocchi and start the cheese sauce. From here it takes all of 5 minutes before you’ll be ready to eat. Check out the recipe below.
This is the first recipe I’ve made with gnocchi, so let me know what you think, AND if you have any other gnocchi recipes, I’d love to hear them (and try them soon!)
XO – Courtney
Gnocchi Mac & Cheese
· 2 1lb packages of Gnocchi
· 3 T Cornstarch
· 1 cup Chicken or Vegetable Stock (room temperature)
· 2 T Olive Oil
· 3 cloves Garlic, minced
· 1 cup Milk
· 1 1/4 cup freshly-grated Fontina Cheese
· 1 cup freshly-grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
· 1/2 cup freshly-grated Parmesan Cheese
· Salt & Pepper to taste
· Toppings: Basil and Extra Parmesan (optional)
1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Once boiling, add gnocchi and cook according to package instructions.
2. While you are waiting for the water to boil, begin preparing the ingredients for the cheese sauce. Grate all the cheeses and set aside. Whisk together the cornstarch and stock in a small bowl. Make sure cornstarch is completely dissolved. Set aside.
3. Once you’ve added the gnocchi to the boiling water, begin the cheese sauce. In a large sauce pan heat olive oil and garlic of medium heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
4. Add the cornstarch mixture and milk, whisk until combined. Continue whisking constantly until the it reaches a low boil. 
5. Remove from heat and add the cheeses. Stir until they are completely melted. Season with salt and pepper as desired. 
6. Drain gnocchi and add to cheese sauce. Mix until gnocchi are coated in the cheese sauce. Serve in a bowl topped with basil, fresh ground pepper, and extra parmesan. 

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