I like experimenting with food, cause, why not? I had a LOT of gnocchi dough left over from my gnocchi with brown butter sauce from last week and I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I had seen gnocchi mac and cheese a few times and decided that would be a good idea. Now, I asked Facebook what I should do, and on a phone call, Phil told me it sounds disgusting. I get it, sweet potatoes don’t exactly mix with cheese because they can be very sweet. I get it, but, I thought, why not use mild cheeses with a little bit of spice? I had some 4 cheese Italian Blend left over and that sounded great to pair with sweet potatoes. (Phil did suggest freezing the cooked noodles, and I did do that as well).
I didn’t take a picture of this dish because it was very…brown, and it wouldn’t look good on camera.
Here’s what to get from the store:
Gnocchi (If you don’t want to do sweet potato)
Italian blend cheese
Milk (Either Almond or Cow)
Gnocchi Mac and Cheese
4 Tbsp Butter
3 Cloves Garlic, smashed
2 Tbsp chopped Onion
4 Tbsp flour
1 cup milk (more or less)
3/4 cup 4 Cheese Italian Blend
Sage, Thyme, Salt, Pepper, Paprika, Cayenne
- Melt the butter in a pan, add the onion and cook until transluscent. Add the garlic, sage and thyme leaves. Add the flour to make a roux.
- Once the roux is brown, add the milk and stir; let it thicken.
- Beat one egg in a bowl and add some of the sauce to the egg to temper it. Add the mixture back in.
- Add the asparagus, gnocchi and cheese and stir. Top with some fresh shaved Parmesan and serve!
One phrase I use at work, and in life, is “Try new things, it’s fun!” Sweet potato gnocchi mac and cheese sounds gross, but it’s actually pretty good. I didn’t know until I tried it, I just had an idea. So many people I know are afraid to try new things just because they think it’s gross, or it looks scary, or they might get made fun of. Just once in a while, why not try something new? Who knows, you may find something you love!
Speaking of something new, I turn 30 in a week. I’m really excited for it. Some people hate growing older, but I say, bring it. 30 is going to be more amazing than 20, because life is barley half way through. Bring it, growing older.
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