White Cheddar Gnocchi

This is what happens when y’all ask me for healthy recipes.

Look, I’m a balanced girl. I like healthy stuff. But this blog is the food that I LOVE. The food that makes me do a lil’ dance when I eat it. So y’all are getting gnocchi and I’m not sorry.

This recipe is essentially tiny chubby pillows smothered in cheese. And it’s no coincidence that gnocchi looks like pillows – 6 bites of this will induce a 45-minute nap. I don’t make the rules. The gnocchi does.

So! This is GREAT recipe to improvise with – add chicken, veggies, a different kind of pasta, whatever cheese you have. It’s gonna end up good. (Unless you make it with cauliflower gnocchi which is so disgusting and it’s not up for debate.)

Ingredients

  • 1 17.6 oz package gnocchi (I’m not skilled enough for homemade)
  • 8 oz smoked sausage/kielbasa
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Directions

  1. Chop your smoked sausage into bite-sized pieces. Drop them into a large pan and sear until both sides are crisped up.
  2. Remove the sausage and keep under foil on a plate.
  3. Melt the butter in the same pan. DO NOT clean the remnants of smoked sausage out of the pan – it’s flavor 🙂
  4. At this point, you should also start boiling water in a large pot for the gnocchi.
  5. Once butter is melted, add the flour and stir with in with a whisk. Let it cook for a minute – it should get golden brown.
  6. Turn the heat down to medium low and start stirring in your milk slowly (about 1/2 cup at a time). Allow the sauce to thicken before adding more milk.
  7. Once all milk has been added, turn off the heat.
  8. At this point, you should cook your gnocchi according to package instructions.
  9. Add your shredded cheddar to the pan sauce – the residual heat will melt the cheese slowly. Taste & add seasoning as desired – I added the above amounts of garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  10. Add back in your smoked sausage and gnocchi. Combine until all the gnocchi is coated. Top with a bit more cheese!

One thought on “White Cheddar Gnocchi

  1. Oh yeah the food queen is at it again providing new rules that go against every skinny rule I know a toast of spring water to the food queen.

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