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3.5 from 2 votes

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Pam


  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • cups milk
  • cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1-2 American cheese slices, to taste
  • tbsp parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • 16 oz gnocchi, cooked per instructions


  • In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat; stir in the flour until well combined and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  • Very slowly add in the milk, whisking constantly, until well combined; cook and stir until bubbly.
  • Reduce heat to low and add the cheddar cheese, American cheese, and grated Parmesan cheese; stir until melted. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.
  • Cook the gnocchi in salted boiling water, per package instructions. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking water. 
  • Add the cooked & drained gnocchi to the sauce. Toss to coat evenly then turn the stove off and let it sit for 3-5 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken. Add a bit of reserved water, if needed.
  • Stir, taste & re-season, if needed. Spoon into serving bowls then sprinkle a bit of parsley on top. Serve immediately with extra Parmesan cheese on the side. Enjoy.