Baked gnocchi mac n' cheese recipe

A decadent twist on a popular side dish!

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Gnocchi is a pasta that is severely underused. It's often left to sit alone on grocery store shelves while its distant cousins, the fettuccine and tortellini, get all the action. Instead of passing over it, throw a carton of the potato (or cheese filled) dumplings into your cart and get home to make this recipe! The chewy, plump gnocchi is a perfect companion to the delicious, creamy and cheesy sauce. Add a bit of breadcrumbs and trust me, this might soon replace your favorite, traditional mac n' cheese recipe!

Seriously, what could be better than potato or cheese dumplings covered in a melted, three cheese sauce? Not only will this be a hit with your foodie and chef friends, it'll be a hit with all your family, kids included! Just a pre warning though: you'll be asked to make this again... and again... and again.

Baked gnocchi mac n' cheese

Yields about 6-1/2 cup servingsbaked mac n cheese


  • 1 pound gnocchi (can use potato or cheese filled)
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/3 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 - 4 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 2 or 3 quart baking pan.
  2. Cook gnocchi according to package instructions and rinse. Pour gnocchi into the prepared pan.
  3. In a medium-size skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add onions and cook until fragrant and a bit translucent, about 3 minutes. Add in flour and whisk until bubbly.
  4. Once bubbly, pour in milk and cook until mixture is thick, about 2 minutes. Add in cheddar and mozzarella cheese and remove from heat. Liberally season with salt and pepper.
  5. Pour cheese mixture over the gnocchi. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs and parsley.
  6. Bake pasta for at least 20 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbling. Serve warm and enjoy!

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Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.