Gnocchi Alfredo Casserole
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Gnocchi are Italian dumplings often made of cooked mashed potatoes. Here they are baked in a rich Alfredo sauce, another Italian favorite. You will find gnocchi in the refrigerated section of the supermarket.
1 (16-ounce) package potato gnocchi
1/4 cup butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup whipping cream
6 ounces (1 1/2 cups) shredded Romano cheese
1/4 pound cooked ham, coarsely chopped (3/4 cup)
1 (10-ounce) box frozen cut broccoli in a cheese-flavored sauce in a pouch, thawed
2 (4 1/2-ounce) cans sliced mushrooms, drained
1/2 cup Parmesan dry bread crumbs
Heat oven to 400°F. Cook gnocchi as directed on package, omitting salt.
Meanwhile, melt butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic; cook and stir 3 minutes. Add cream and mix well. Gradually add 1 cup of the cheese, stirring after each addition until melted.
Add ham, broccoli in sauce, mushrooms and cooked gnocchi; mix well. Spoon into ungreased 8- or 9-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish. In small bowl, combine bread crumbs and remaining 1/2 cup cheese; mix well. Sprinkle over casserole.
Bake at 400°F. for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes before serving.
Kelly Lynne Baxter - Olympia, Washington
Bake-Off® Contest 40, 2002
From "Pillsbury Best of the Bake-Off® Cookbook." Copyright 2004 General Mills. Used with permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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