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Gnocchi mac and cheese recipe

Gnocchi mac and cheese recipe

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Try a twist on a classic with this gnocchi mac and cheese recipe. The traditional pasta shape is swapped out for pillows of soft gnocchi wrapped in a creamy two-cheese sauce and served with roasted broccoli for a comforting and quick midweek meal. See method

  • Serves 2
  • 5 mins to prepare and 25 mins to cook
  • 718 calories / serving
  • Vegetarian


  • 200g broccoli, cut into florets
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 30g butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves picked
  • 30g panko breadcrumbs
  • 400g potato gnocchi
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 200ml whole milk
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • 30g grated Red Leicester
  • 40g mature Cheddar, grated
If you don't have any Cheddar, try using another hard cheese

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    33g 47%
  • Saturates

    18g 92%
  • Sugars

    7g 8%
  • Salt

    1.8g 30%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 79.6g Protein 24.5g Fibre 9g


  1. Preheat the oven gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Toss the broccoli florets with 1 tsp oil, season with pepper and spread out on a baking tray. Roast for 15-20 mins, turning once, until crisp and browned at the edges.
  2. Meanwhile, make the mac and cheese topping, heat 15g butter and the remaining oil in a large frying pan. Add the garlic, thyme and breadcrumbs and cook, stirring, for 3-4 mins until golden and crisp.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a pan of water to the boil and cook the gnocchi for 1-2 mins, until floating. Drain.
  4. Make the cheese sauce. Make a roux by melting the remaining butter in a saucepan. Add the flour and cook over medium heat, stirring, for 2-3 mins until. Slowly pour in the milk, stirring until smooth.
  5. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook for 2 mins. Add the mustard powder, black pepper and the cheeses, stirring until melted.
  6. Add the gnocchi to the sauce and stir to coat. Tip into a baking dish, cover with the breadcrumbs and bake for 15 mins, until dark golden and bubbling. Serve with the roasted broccoli.

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