I’m going to get judged for this

Posted on July 2, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

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

Cooked Gnocchi
Asparagus, blanched
4 Tbsp Butter
3 Cloves Garlic, smashed
2 Tbsp chopped Onion
4 Tbsp flour
1 cup milk (more or less)
1 egg
3/4 cup 4 Cheese Italian Blend
Sage, Thyme, Salt, Pepper, Paprika, Cayenne

  1. 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.
  2. Once the roux is brown, add the milk and stir; let it thicken.
  3. Beat one egg in a bowl and add some of the sauce to the egg to temper it. Add the mixture back in.
  4. 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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