Gnocchi Mac & Cheese

If i'm not mistaken, this was my first home-cooked dinner as someone's wife.

failure - not an option.

When this recipe came across my tumblr dashboard, i immediately sent it off to Jordan.  No subject, no commentary, just an email...  Why?  because he didnt have a choice.  this would be dinner...

Now, we did make one compromise - you could be all fancy-like and make your own gnocchi, but we purchased gnocchi from our beloved fairway - a tricolor mix (you know, to make it healthy...) but you'll have to forgive us that one - you see, there was a mouse living in our house (many, actually.  they moved in while we were frolicking in paris...  damn squatters.) and we didnt want any extra food stuff anywhere...  and homemade gnocchi?  its messy...

see also: making excuses for laziness...

anyhoo - i'll declare this one a complete success.  so much so that i proceeded to tell everyone i spoke to for the next 3 days - "OH MY GOD, you HAVE to make this!!!"

my first dinner as a wife?  total WIN.

Gnocchi Mac n' Cheese

1 pound tricolor gnocchi
2 Tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
3/4 cup milk (i think we used 2% but maybe it was skim, since thats what we generally have in the house...)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 heaping cup shredded Comte cheese, packed tight (you can use Gruyere, but the comte & gruyere were the same price and frankly, comte - which is basically france's version of Gruyere - is one of my favorite cheeses, so, duh...)
1/4 heaping cup shredded fontina cheese, packed tight
Salt and white pepper to taste
1/3 cup shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano


Preheat oven to 375. 
Grease 1-1/2 qt shallow baking dish 
Prepare gnocchi according to package directions. Drain and place gnocchi in a single-layer in prepared baking dish.

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 Comte and fontina, then add by the handful to milk mixture, stirring until melted before adding the next handful. Once all cheese is melted, season sauce with salt and pepper.

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

Serve with some veggies to balance out all of that cheese and, of course, some crusty bread & wine...

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