If you like baked macaroni you are gonna LOVE this garlic and kale baked gnocchi recipe.
I was making this one night for Trey and I (I practice a lot of things you see here on the blog on him). And we had another couple join us for dinner as well.
I made a side dish, so this could stretch to feed four pretty easily. And I’m happy to report that everyone loved this. So, you should totally make it.
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Garlic + Kale Baked Gnocchi, serves two as a meal.
2 big kale leaves, veins removed and chopped (about 1 heaping cup)
3-4 garlic cloves
16 oz. gnocchi (I used mini gnocchi but standard size would work well too)
1 tablespoons olive oil
3-4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable stock (or just more milk is ok too)
1 1/4 cup shredded cheese (I used a cheddar + mozzarella mix)
2/3 cup Panko bread crumbs
Chop up the kale into very small pieces and mince the garlic. In a medium size pot, heat the olive oil over medium/low heat. Cook the garlic and kale in the oil until the kale is bright green and has softened some. Remove to a plate.
In the same pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour until a paste/gravy begins to form. Season with the mustard and cayenne.
Whisk in the milk and stock. Now, add 1 cup of the shredded cheese. Stir so everything combines and the cheese begins to melt.
While making the cheese sauce, heat a large pot of water until boiling. Season with a little salt. Once boiling add the gnocchi.
Cook for 2-3 minutes, just until all the gnocchi begin to float. Strain.
Pour the cooked gnocchi, kale and garlic into the cheese sauce. Then pour into your baking dish(s). Top with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese and the bread crumbs.
Bake at 400°F for 10-12 minutes until the edges begin to bubble.
If kale isn’t your thing feel free to swap it out with spinach or finely chopped broccoli. Enjoy! xo. Emma
This recipe was simple and AMAZING!!!! Thank you for sharing!!
Yum I made it twice this week! So So delicious
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can i use chinese cabbage instead of kale? Could not find kale at my store :/
I just made this today and created a slightly German version. I added pieces of chorizo into it because we had some left. Because the German eat kale cooked with potatoes and a sort of salami. It was delicious!! 🙂
Oh and instead of cheddar I used parmesan 🙂
I tried this recipe. Delicious and creamy, tho next time I’ll use less cayenne. It was a little spicy for my family. Love your Blog.
Gnocchi is one of my all time favorite dishes!! I cannot wait to try it baked…what a perfect switch up!
WOW! This looks amazingly delicious! Yuuuuummmmm!
I’m going to make this tomorrow for dinner . . I wish I could print the recipe, though. Any chance of you lovely girls adding a PRINT button to your recipes? That would be awesome!
Bookmarked for next week menus! Thanks !
Bookmarked for next week menus! Thanks !
I’m making this on Saturday along with making my own gnocchi.. WISH ME LUCK!
I feel slightly ashamed to admit this, but I have never eaten Gnocchi. Ever. I will have to rectify this, and as there is a bag of Kale in the fridge I think this is the solution. tea tomorrow night is sorted! xx
P.S. Are there actually people who don’t like baked macaroni? Like seriously?! Do they even HAVE tastebuds?!
This looks wonderful and will make a vegan version soon! 🙂
Hmm. I’m not really sure. Any vegans out there who might have some good tips for emily?
Thank you Janice. Your comment made my day. 🙂
Hmmm. Well, actually yes. If you chopped the cauliflower and blanched (cooked in boiling water) until soft to your liking I think you could substitute it for the gnocchi. It would be a very different dish, but it sounds good to me! If you do try it let us know how it goes. Happy cooking!
A scrambled egg? That sounds interesting! Is it like fried rice?
Mmmm. Love Gastropub. 🙂
This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it:)
I made this recipe for supper, thanks so much! I substituted lots of spinach for the kale, and added some parmesan to the recipe as well. We had it with salmon – it was delish!