Three Cheese Gnocchi Mac and Cheese Made Skinny

A luxuriously rich twist on mac and cheese. It’s soo decadent delicious! Such a nice change from the usual pasta since this recipe uses potato gnocchi (potato dumplings)Each main course serving has 261 calories, 11 grams of fat and 8 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints and 8 Green. I’m sure it will be a hit with your entire family!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Bake Time 15 minutes


1 (16 oz) pkg. potato gnocchi, see shopping tips

3 tablespoons reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light

½-1 teaspoon dry mustard powder (use 1 teaspoon if you like a little bite)

⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper

⅓ cup + 1 tablespoon reduced fat milk

1½ cups part skim ricotta cheese

1 cup light mozzarella cheese, shredded

Salt and black pepper, to taste

3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 9 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Add gnocchi to a medium pan of lightly salted water and cook for 2 minutes. Drain. Set aside.

3. To make cheese sauce:  In a medium nonstick pan, melt butter. Using a whisk, mix in mustard powder and cayenne pepper. Whisk in milk, ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese. Season to taste with a little salt and pepper.

4. Stir in cooked cooked gnocchi. Mix well. Add to baking dish. Sprinkle evenly over top with Parmesan cheese. Bake in oven for around 15 minutes until Parmesan has melted and sauce is bubbling.

5. Cool slightly and cut into 6 servings.

Makes 6 main course servings.

Food Facts
Potato Gnocchi are Italian potato dumplings. Gnocchi are commonly cooked on their own in salted boiling water and then dressed with various sauces depending on the type of gnocchi and recipe used. Gnocchi can be purchased ready-made from grocery stores. 

Shopping Tips
You can find packages of potato gnocchi in the refrigerated, pasta section of the supermarket. Sometimes it’s in the shelf stable, dry pasta section.  I used Trader Joe’s Gnocchi Italian. Although their pkg. is a 17.6 ounce package, just use 16 ounces.

WW Freestyle SmartPoints 8-Blue
WW SmartPoints 8-Green
WW Points Plus 7

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 main course serving
261 calories, 11g fat, 6g sat. fat, 37mg chol, 15g protein, 27g carbs, 1g fiber, 418mg sod, 1g sugar


  1. Kelley, you could easily stir 1 cup of cooked, chopped chicken into the cheese sauce. Then, add the cooked tortellini.
    My best,

  2. Lisa, I’ve never tried cauliflower gnocchi but I’m pretty sure it will work just fine. If you try it, I’d love your feedback!
    My best,

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