Baked Gnocchi with Sage and Cheese Sauce
My Baked Gnocchi with Sage and Cheese Sauce is a delicious departure from the sometimes heavy mac and cheese. A comforting dish of pillowy soft gnocchi bathed in a creamy, two-cheese sauce that’s flavored with natural earthy sage.
This dish is sure to warm you up from the inside out! For such a cheese-laiden dish, it is actually surprisingly light. That’s due to the soft, homemade gnocchi. Of course, you can also use your favorite store bought gnocchi instead.
You could almost call it gnocchi mac and cheese, which is what I like to refer to it as. Whatever you do call it, you will be calling its name with love and affection!
This really is the easiest, cheesiest baked gnocchi recipe that you’ll ever find. It’s like a gnocchi Alfredo! You don’t need to pre-boil the gnocchi because it cooks in the cheese sauce while it bakes in the oven.
Best cheese for Baked Gnocchi
When it comes to the choice of cheeses, my favorite is Italian Fontina for this recipe as it is a delicious cheese that melts very nicely. White cheddar, gruyere or any of your favorite, good melting cheese, however, will work. And don’t forget – Parmesan cheese is also a must!
How to Make Homemade Gnocchi
I always have a container of fresh, homemade gnocchi in my freezer. If you’re feeling adventurous, I have an easy tutorial, step-by-step and video guide. You can see that here > How to Make Gnocchi. You won’t believe how easy it really is.
It’s not either, it’s an Italian dumpling. But you will usually any gnocchi dish listed under ‘pasta’ dishes on menus and such.
Gnocchi around the world
It’s not only a dish served in Italy, gnocchi are served in France where they are known as ‘gnocchis à la parisienne’, in Croatia they are called ‘njoki’ and in South America, they’re called ‘nhoque’.
Cheese sauce without milk
What you will notice in the cheese sauce recipe is that I added chicken or vegetable stock, this is called this a ‘veloute’. Bechamel is made with milk or cream. Using stock is agreat way to add extra flavor to the cheese sauce.
The word ‘gnocchi’, derived from the Italian word ‘nocchio’, means a knot in wood. If you want to pronounce it like an Italian it’s basically nee-o-kki.
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