Truffle Mac and Cheese with Gnocchi

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This easy truffle mac and cheese gnocchi has a rich white sauce spiked with black truffle butter and is topped with crunchy breadcrumbs then baked until golden.

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This is the ultimate grown up version of a kid’s classic. For my birthday this year my lovely colleagues gave me a whole load of truffle goodies including truffle oil, truffle butter and truffle honey so I’ve been excitedly trying out all the different ways to add truffle to my food. 

This recipe is made with truffle butter but you could definitely use truffle oil in place of the butter if you prefer. It will still taste delicious, I just prefer the richness of the butter so definitely use it if you can. 

The gnocchi are like lovely little pillows and they pair perfectly with the crunchy breadcrumb topping and the whole thing is just perfect comfort food.

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White bowl of baked gnocchi with parsley and a gold fork

Why we love this truffle mac and cheese

It’s so much easier than it looks to make this delicious baked pasta dish and the addition of the truffle makes it the perfect dish to impress with.

It’s a great vegetarian dinner party dish which can also be served for a lazy dinner.

It’s made with gnocchi (although you could make it with pasta if you prefer) which makes it feel extra indulgent

It has a crunchy breadcrumb topping that gets extra crispy in the oven and works perfectly with the soft pillowy gnocchi

Blue baking dish with gnocchi and cheese with breadcrumb topping

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Truffle Mac and Cheese Ingredients

Gnocchi: Store bought is fine, cooked according to packet instructions then added to the cheese sauce

Truffle Butter: This goes into the white sauce and the breadcrumbs. You can use truffle oil if you prefer

Flour and Milk: To help create that rich white sauce

Cheese: I use a sharp cheddar and parmesan in the sauce to give that classic mac and cheese flavour but I also add a little parmesan to the breadcrumb topping and it’s so good!

Breadcrumbs: You can easily make your own by blending up some stale bread or just use store bought if you prefer

Garlic and Parsley: Also go into the topping

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White bowl of gnocchi with cheese with a gold fork

How to make truffle mac and cheese

Make the cheese sauce: Melt the truffle butter in a saucepan then add the flour and whisk. Pour in the milk and whisk until thick then add the cheese.

Cook the gnocchi & make the breadcrumbs: While the sauce cooks follow the packet instructions to cook the gnocchi. Blend together the breadcrumbs, parmesan, garlic and parsley.

Bake: Mix the gnocchi with the cheese sauce, put in a baking dish and top with the breadcrumbs. Bake until browned.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

Blue baking dish with truffle mac and cheese on a checked cloth with gold forks

Gnocchi mac and cheese with a spoonful taken in a blue dish

Expert tips for making gnocchi mac and cheese

I used truffle butter for this recipe which tastes delicious and adds a lovely rich flavour but it might not be as easy to get hold of as truffle oil so that will work too if necessary.

If you want to switch up the cheeses in this recipe you totally could, a little mozzarella would be good.

This mac and cheese would definitely be good with an extra vegetable or two. Spinach or kale would be great.

Want more? Try these other gnocchi recipes!

Side on shot of spoonful of gnocchi mac and cheese above a blue baking dish

Truffle Mac and Cheese with Gnocchi

This easy truffle mac and cheese gnocchi has a rich white sauce spiked with black truffle butter and is topped with crunchy breadcrumbs then baked until golden.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 451kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood

Ingredients

  • 500 g Gnocchi
  • 3 tbsp Truffle Butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Flour
  • 250 ml Milk
  • 70 g Cheddar grated
  • 30 g plus 1 tbsp Parmesan grated
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 30 g Breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove Garlic crushed
  • 1/2 tbsp Parsley chopped

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 190°C/375°. Cook the gnocchi according to packet instructions then drain and set aside.
  • Melt 2 tbsp truffle butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, add the flour and whisk for a couple of minutes. Add the milk and continue whisking until the sauce thickens.
  • Add the rest of the truffle butter to a food processor with the breadcrumbs, 2 tbsp parmesan, garlic and parsley and blend until mixed.
  • Add the rest of the cheese to the sauce and stir until melted. Season well with salt and pepper. Add the gnocchi to the sauce, stir then tip into a baking dish and top with the breadcrumbs. Bake for 10-15 minutes until browned.
Nutrition Facts
Truffle Mac and Cheese with Gnocchi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 451 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 813mg34%
Potassium 119mg3%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 604IU12%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 331mg33%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the ingredients used.
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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Natalie
    17/08/2019 at 10:04 AM

    5 stars
    Looks and sound so decadent and comforting! I love mac and cheese – so delicious!

  • Reply
    kim
    17/08/2019 at 11:18 AM

    5 stars
    Yum! Love this recipe! So much delicious flavor!

  • Reply
    Julia
    17/08/2019 at 12:55 PM

    5 stars
    Now this is my kind of a mac and cheese. 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply
    Dannii
    17/08/2019 at 2:08 PM

    What a great idea to use gnocchi instead of pasta. Definitely trying this.

  • Reply
    Kate
    17/08/2019 at 3:08 PM

    Oh my goodness, can there be a better combo than truffle and mac n cheese? Making this for sure!

  • Reply
    Karly
    18/08/2019 at 2:44 PM

    Delicious!

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