Garlic + Kale Baked Gnocchi

Kale + Garlic Baked GnocchiIf you like baked macaroni you are gonna LOVE this. And if you don't like baked macaroni… uh, what's up with that anyway? Maybe re-evaluate that. 

If it's a guilt thing, dont' worry, this has Kale in it. So, that totally cancels out all the carbs and cheese. Right?Best baked gnocchi recipeI 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. Do it. Do it.How to make baked gnocchiGarlic + 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.Homemade baked gnocchiWhile 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.Kale + Garlic Baked Gnocchi This would make an awesome Valentine's at home dinner, if you're planning that sort of thing yet. 😉 If kale isn't your thing feel free to swap it out with spinach or finely chopped broccoli. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman

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