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Gnocchi Mac & Cheese

Traditional mac & cheese gets an upgrade when gnocchi stands in for pasta in this cheesy baked dish.

Ingredients:
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped parsley
  • 2 pkgs. (16-oz.) gnocchi
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. dry mustard
  • ½ tsp. hot sauce
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 4 oz. Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Butter or spray a 2-quart casserole dish; set aside. Mix together panko, butter and parsley; set aside.
  2. Cook gnocchi according to package instructions; drain and set aside.
  3. In a 4-quart sauce pan over medium heat melt butter; whisk in flour, mustard, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Cook 4-5 minutes stirring constantly. Slowly add milk while whisking constantly until smooth. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until mixture is thickened. Remove from the heat and add cheeses; stir until melted and smooth.
  4. Add gnocchi to cheese sauce; stir gently to coat. Pour into prepared dish; top with panko mixture.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until bubbly and starting to brown.

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