Gnocchi Mac and Cheese

  • Yield : 4 to 6 servings
  • Cook Time : 25m
  • Ready In : 30m
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  • 1/2 cup freshly grated sharp Cheddar
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley
  • 12 butter crackers (I like Ritz)
  • 4 strips crisp cooked bacon
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk, plus additional as needed
  • 1 cup canned butternut squash puree
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Two 16-ounce packages gnocchi (see Cook's Note)
  • 3 cups freshly grated sharp yellow Cheddar


Step 1

For the topping: Combine the cheese, parsley, crackers and bacon in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture reaches a fine breadcrumb consistency. Set aside.

Step 2

For the mac and cheese: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

Step 3

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the flour and stir to combine, then cook about 2 minutes. Whisk in the milk, butternut squash, mustard, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, 2 to 4 minutes.

Step 4

Meanwhile, add the gnocchi to the boiling water. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, then drain.

Step 5

Stir the cheese into the milk mixture until melted. If the mixture is too thick, add a splash of milk. Add the gnocchi and stir to coat. Sprinkle with the crumb topping and serve directly from the skillet.

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