Gnocchi Mac ‘N Cheese with Ham and Peas

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This casserole is delicious. Very seriously, cheesy, creamy deliciousness. And I just made it up tonight using stuff I had on hand, including the last of the Christmas ham. Needless to say, I would definitely go out of my way to make this again. While I make gnocchi often because my daughter loves them, I do confess that I have not yet made gnocchi from scratch. That is one for the bucket list. In the meantime, this recipe will most certainly do.

Gnocchi Mac ‘N Cheese with Ham and Peas

  • 1 (16 oz) pkg gnocchi
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • 2 T all-purpose flour
  • 1½ c milk
  • pinch Italian seasoning
  • 1 ½ c shredded Vermont white sharp cheddar
  • 1/4 c freshly shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 t kosher salt (plus more to salt the pasta water)
  • pinch fresh cracked pepper
  • ½ t dijon mustard (I love Grey Poupon Country dijon)
  • 1 ½ c diced ham
  • 1 c peas, thawed if frozen
  • 1/4 c panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ T extra virgin olive oil

Heat oven to 350F. Put a large pot of salted water to boil.

While water is heating, make the cheese sauce. In a medium saucepan, heat the butter and flour, whisking until smooth and bubbly to make a roux. Cook on medium heat 2 minutes to cook the flour. Slowly, whisking constantly, add the milk. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring, until mixture is thickened. Remove from the heat and add the Italian seasoning, cheeses, salt, pepper, dijon, ham, and peas.

Add the gnocchi to the boiling water and cook according to package directions (until they float to the top). Drain and toss gently into the cheese sauce. Pour all into a 2-qt casserole dish.

In a small bowl, combine the panko and olive oil. Sprinkle over the gnocchi mac ‘n cheese. Put casserole in the oven to bake, uncovered, 35 minutes at 350F or until bubbly and lightly browned. Serves 4.

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Starting the roux…Ham and Peas, Gnocchi Mac 'N Cheese ericasrecipes 14

Gotta let it bubble a minute or two to cook the flour or else the sauce will have that raw flour taste and won’t thicken…Ham and Peas, Gnocchi Mac 'N Cheese ericasrecipes 12

Milk whisked in, now we let it thicken just a touch…Ham and Peas, Gnocchi Mac 'N Cheese ericasrecipes 11

Leftover Christmas ham and peas from my freezer…Ham and Peas, Gnocchi Mac 'N Cheese ericasrecipes 16

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Just FYI, my daughter made the potholder 🙂Ham and Peas, Gnocchi Mac 'N Cheese ericasrecipes 9

Gnocchi sink to the bottom when first added to the water…Ham and Peas, Gnocchi Mac 'N Cheese ericasrecipes 8

Then when they’re done, the gnocchi float up to the surface…Ham and Peas, Gnocchi Mac 'N Cheese ericasrecipes 7

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Panko topping added and ready for the oven…Ham and Peas, Gnocchi Mac 'N Cheese ericasrecipes 3

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8 thoughts on “Gnocchi Mac ‘N Cheese with Ham and Peas

  1. I wish the printer friendly version really was friendly – it prints out 7 pages – your photos are lovely but I don’t need all of them to make the recipe!!

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