Baked Gnocchi Mac and Cheese

I whipped up this baked gnocchi tonight on a whim and it's so deliciously creamy and buttery--I think the only way mac and cheese could be better is to add potatoes. This recipe covers all the comfort food bases for me.

Bowl of mac and cheese in front of the whole baking dish.
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
8 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package potato gnocchi

  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 1 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 ¼ cups milk

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

  • ¾ cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided

  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook gnocchi in the boiling water until they float to the top, 2 to 4 minutes. Drain and set aside.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 1 1/2- to 2-quart casserole dish.

  3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour until incorporated and foamy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add milk, cream, salt, and pepper; stir constantly until thickened and gently bubbling, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup of Cheddar cheese and mozzarella.

  4. Drop gnocchi into the prepared casserole dish and cover with cheese mixture. Mix together bread crumbs and 1 tablespoon melted butter in a small bowl; sprinkle over the casserole. Top with remaining Cheddar and Parmesan cheese.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is browned and cheese is bubbling, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can use crumbled crackers in place of bread crumbs, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

245 Calories
16g Fat
18g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 245
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 344mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 222mg 17%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 158mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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