Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Mom's Crazy Cooking Challenge

I was super excited to get an invite from Mom's Crazy Cooking for her monthly Cooking Challenge.  This month's theme was Mac and Cheese...  Oh how I love cheese...   The task was to visit someone else's blog and find a recipe that we could make and share.  

I stopped by Recipes from Newlyweds   A cute Blog from a Girl named Anna.  Go Visit her!  She made a gnocchi mac and cheese that sounded delicious!!

Here is the recipe.  If you have not tried gnocchi you are missing out!!
Gnocchi Mac 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
1/4 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
1/4 cup shredded fontina cheese
1 tsp basil
Salt and white pepper to taste
1/3 cup shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano

Preheat oven to 375 F. 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.

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.

Combine Gruyere and fontina, then add by the handful to milk mixture, stirring until melted before adding the next handful. Once all cheese is melted, add basil, salt and pepper.

Pour sauce over gnocchi and sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano over top. Bake gnocchi until they puff and cheese is golden and bubbly, about 25 minutes. Let gnocchi rest for 5 minutes before serving.

 I didn't have a ton of time so I couldn't make my own gnocchi.  I found this in the dry pasta section of the store. Once again gnocchi (NN YOKE EE)is the best pasta ever (find your nearest italian restaurant for fresh stuff if you don't have time to make it)  It is a potato pasta dumpling.

MMMMMM....  Cheesey saucy mixture!

Baked Goodness!
Super YUM!!  The hubs loved it! TRY it!  and vote for me at Mom's crazy cooking!!!


  1. Yowza! This looks wonderful!!!

  2. That does sound wonderful. I've always wanted to try gnocchi but never had the mojo to prepare it. I honestly did not know they sold it packaged!! So cool! By the way I too have a Mac and Cheese entry too. I'm #48, right beside you. :)

  3. Loving all of the mac and cheese cariations. This one is really unique, gnocchi instead of mac. Delish :)

  4. Hi I found your blog on the crazy cooking challenge. You have a great blog looks so yummy :) Check out my food blog

  5. What a great change from traditional mac & cheese, sounds wonderful.

    My Crazy Cooking Challenge entry: Velvety Mac & Cheese.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  6. I am super excited to try this recipe! I love gnocchi and have never used it to make mac and cheese, but I will be now! :) Thanks for sharing and so happy I got to find your lovely site thru the Crazy Cooking Challenge! :)

  7. I haven't had gnocci in ages... and had never considered making mac with it. What a great treat!

  8. mmm Gnocci in mac and cheese yum!

    Stopping by from the MACARONI & CHEESE Linky Party through Moms Crazy Cooking

  9. Super YUM... I have never tried it and now I MUST! Thansk for joining CCC!

    I see the blog hop linky is missing I will email you, and see if you need help!

  10. YUM! I LOVE your recipe! Would you come over to CAST PARTY WEDNESDAY tomorrow and share your recipe with us?
    I hope to see you there!

  11. A whole post devoted to mac & cheese?!?! I am forever a follower :)