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45 mins

A cheesy comforting dish.

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  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/180 degrees C or gas mark 4

  • Step 2

    For the gnocchi:
    Fill a large saucepan with water.
    Add the potatoes and 1 teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil.
    Boil the potatoes until they are very soft.
    Drain and set run through a food mill, or ricer for nice smooth potato.
    Put the potatoes in the fridge until they are cool, this will help keep them fluffy.

  • Step 3

    Prepare 2 sheet pans by dusting them with flour, set aside.

  • How to cook gnocchi. Baked Gnocchi With Sage And Cheese - Step 4
    Step 4

    On a clean work surface mix together the potato and the flour and knead for about 4-5 minutes until the dough is soft and smooth. Only add enough flour so the dough comes together and is not tacky.

  • How to cook gnocchi. Baked Gnocchi With Sage And Cheese - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut the dough into 4 equal parts. Roll one 1 quarter of the dough into a 3/4 inch log.
    Cut the log into 3/4 inch pieces.
    Roll the pieces over a gnocchi board or the back of a fork to create ridges onto the floured sheet pan in a single layer.
    Repeat with the rest of the dough.

  • Step 6

    Let the rolled gnocchi dry out for about 1 hour before cooking.

  • Step 7

    Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil.
    Once the water is boiling, turn the heat to a gently boil, so you don't break up the gnocchi.
    Add the gnocchi and boil for about 3 minutes, or until they rise to the top.

  • Step 8

    For the cheese sauce:
    In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.
    Whisk in the flour and whisk until flour turns golden brown, about 3 minutes.
    Add the warm stock and continue to whisk until it thickens, about 3 minutes.
    Add the fontina and parmesan cheese and stir with a spoon until melted.
    Stir in the chopped sage.
    Stir in the cooked gnocchi and transfer to a casserole or baking dish.
    Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the top is golden brown and bubbly.

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