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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Gouda Cheese Sauce

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The cheese sauce was incredible, smooth with just a touch of smokiness from the Gouda. The gnocchi turned out light and tender. The one thing I think I may do next time is pan fry them up a bit in a tiny bit of butter or olive oil to warm and crisp them up a bit.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE GNOCCHI:
  • 1 pound Sweet Potatoes
  • 6 ounces, fluid Ricotta Cheese
  • ½ cups Parmesan Cheese, Finely Grated
  • 1 Tablespoon Golden Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1 teaspoon Salt Plus 1 Tablespoon For Pasta Water
  • ¼ teaspoons Nutmeg, Freshly Ground
  • 1-¾ cup All-purpose Flour
  • _____
  • FOR THE SAUCE:
  • 2 cups Milk, Heated
  • ¼ whole Onion
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 3 whole Sage Leaves
  • 3 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Gouda Cheese, Shredded
  • Salt And Freshly Ground Pepper, To Taste

Preparation

Gnocchi:

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place sweet potatoes on a plate; microwave on high until tender, about 5-6 minutes per side. Cut in half and cool. Scrape sweet potato flesh into a medium bowl and mash; transfer 1 1/2 cup to a large bowl. Add ricotta cheese; blend well. Add Parmesan cheese, brown sugar, 1 teaspoons salt, and nutmeg; mash to blend. Mix in flour, about 1/2 cup at a time, until a soft dough forms.

Turn dough out onto a floured surface; divide into 3 equal pieces. Rolling between your palms and the floured work surface, form each piece into a 20-inch-long rope (about 1 inch in diameter), sprinkling with flour as needed if sticky. Cut each rope into 20 pieces. Roll each piece over the tines of a fork to indent. Transfer to the baking sheet.

Bring a large pot of water to boil; add 1 tablespoon salt and return to boil. Working in batches, boil gnocchi until tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer gnocchi to a clean rimmed baking sheet. Cool completely. (Can be made 4 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.)

Sauce:

In a small sauce pot combine milk, onion, garlic and sage. Place over medium heat and heat until tiny bubbles appear around the edges of the pan, about 5 minutes. Do not boil. Remove pan from heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Remove and discard onion, garlic and sage leaves. Cover to keep warm.

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring, until blended, 1 minute.

Gradually add the milk, whisking constantly. Reduce the heat to low and continue to whisk until the sauce is smooth and slightly thickened, 4 to 5 minutes. Dip a wooden spoon in the sauce to coat it. Pass your finger through the sauce on the back of the spoon—it should leave a clean track.

Strain the sauce into an clean saucepan. Whisk in the shredded Gouda cheese. Cook over low heat, whisking constantly, until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Pour sauce over gnocchi and serve.

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Beignets&Lattes on 11.30.2010

I made this last night and it was delicious! The cheese sauce was amazing!

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DessertForTwo on 11.24.2010

Wow. This is perfect for date night! Into my recipe box it goes…I’ll let you know how it turns out :)

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mnheather on 11.24.2010

Wow! This looks amazing! The only thing I thought was how wonderful it would be to sautee the gnocchi in butter with little chunks of apple or pear THEN pour on the sauce! I will definitely be giving this one a try!

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Eat 2gather on 11.24.2010

Oh my Land! This looks heavenly, if you were here I would hug you, cant wait to try this one out on my family! You Rock!

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kimschmidt on 10.31.2011

Yum yum yum!! Just recently my hubby has become a huge fan of gnocchi and when I had him make this tonight he was in love!!

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ashleywright on 1.3.2011

This was truly delightful! :)

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muffinmaggie on 12.14.2010

it was really good and we’ll make it again. it’s kinda like a grown up mac and cheese of sorts.

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Beignets&Lattes on 11.30.2010

This was delicious and fun to make. The cheese sauce was awesome. I have some left over and I am wondering what to do with it!

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