Hosting a holiday dinner party? When you’re forming your own traditions, start by riffing on classic recipes like this mac and cheese. Our fancy AF gnocchi side dish is loaded with three kinds of cheese and will make every carb lover give thanks. Read on for the recipe.

Friendsgiving Gnocchi Mac and Cheese Recipe

Gnocchi Mac + Cheese RECIPE

(Serves 6-8)


Friendsgiving Gnocchi Mac + Cheese Recipe Ingredients
  • 5 cups (3 1-ounce packages) fresh potato gnocchi
  • 10 tablespoons salted butter, divided
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme, divided
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups grated gruyere cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups grated fontina cheese
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium heat. Cook gnocchi for 1-2 minutes, just until they float to the top of the pot. Drain and set aside.


2. Heat 6 tablespoons butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add flour and whisk. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add whole milk and heavy cream, stirring constantly. Stir in a few sprigs of thyme and salt and pepper.


3. Add gruyere, fontina, and 1 1/2 cups of Parmesan cheese.


4. Cook over low heat until melted and sauce has thickened.

Friendsgiving Gnocchi Mac and Cheese Recipe

5. Remove from heat and fold the gnocchi into the cheese sauce.

Friendsgiving Gnocchi Mac and Cheese Recipe

6. In a small bowl, combine panko, 4 tablespoons melted butter, remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan, and a few sprigs of thyme. Stir to combine.


7. Pour gnocchi into a greased cast-iron skillet and top with panko mixture.

Friendsgiving Gnocchi Mac and Cheese Recipe

8. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly. Enjoy!

Friendsgiving Gnocchi Mac and Cheese Recipe

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(Recipe and food styling via Francesca Bean/Brit + Co; styling via Hayley Bramble; photos via Chris Andre/Brit + Co)