Gnocchi With Mornay Cheese Sauce Recipe

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Gnocchi With Mornay Cheese Sauce
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  1. TO MAKE MORNAY SAUCE: Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add flour and stir for one minute. Add in 2 cups milk. Cook until thickened.
  2. Whisk in 3/4 cream to thin sauce and add 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. TO MAKE GNOCCHI: In medium saucepan melt 1/3 cup butter in 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk. When butter has melted, season with salt and pepper. Remove saucepan from heat and add in 1 cup all purpose flour all at once. Whisk until smooth.
  4. Return saucepan to heat and, with a wooden spoon, cook until the mixture sizzles and comes away from the sides of the pan. (This is called a panade). Transfer to a large bowl and immediately cover surface with plastic wrap so that a skin does not form. Cool to room temperature.
  5. When mixture has cooled, add the eggs, one at a time. Do not add the next egg until the first is entirely absorbed. When the eggs have been fully incorporated add 3 1/2 ounces grated Gruyere cheese.
  6. BOILED VERSION: Bring water to a boil. Fill a pastry bag, fitted with a 3/4 inch tip with gnocchi mixture. Rest metal tip of pastry bag on edge of pan and press the dough out. As 1/2 inch of gnocchi dough emerges, cut with a knife or scissors and let the dough fall into the water.
  7. Do in batches of 20 or 30. Cook for 4-5 minutes, then remove gnocchi to a cloth towel with a slotted spoon (gnocchi will deflate as they cool). Serve sauce over cooked gnocchi.
  8. BAKED VERSION: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put some Mornay on bottom of a shallow 9x13 casserole dish. Fill a pastry bag, fitted with a 3/4 inch tip with gnocchi mixture. As 1/2 inch of gnocchi dough emerges, cut with a knife or scissors. Arrange gnocchi in one or, at most, two layers.
  9. Spread remaining sauce over top, spreading it evenly. Sprinkle top with 1/4 cup grated Gruyere. Bake for 45 minutes or until gnocchi have swollen up again and absorbed sauce. Serve immediately before gnocchi deflate.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 748.41 Kcal (3133 kJ)
Calories from fat 455.21 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 50.58g 78%
Cholesterol 326.28mg 109%
Sodium 856.5mg 36%
Potassium 492.09mg 10%
Total Carbs 41.63g 14%
Sugars 9.72g 39%
Dietary Fiber 1.53g 6%
Protein 31.72g 63%
Vitamin C 0.2mg 0%
Vitamin A 0.3mg 9%
Iron 2mg 11%
Calcium 772.6mg 77%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 199.59 Kcal (836 kJ)
Calories from fat 121.4 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.49g 78%
Cholesterol 87.01mg 109%
Sodium 228.41mg 36%
Potassium 131.23mg 10%
Total Carbs 11.1g 14%
Sugars 2.59g 39%
Dietary Fiber 0.41g 6%
Protein 8.46g 63%
Vitamin C 0.1mg 0%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 9%
Iron 0.5mg 11%
Calcium 206mg 77%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 18.9
  • 20

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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