HEAT the oil in a large frypan and gently saute the vegetables, bay and thyme for 10-15 minutes or until softened
INCREASE the heat add the beef and cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon, for 10 minutes or until the liquid has evaporated. Add the flour and stir through, cooking for 1-2 minutes.
STIR in the VEGEMITE, sauce and water then simmer for 15-20 minutes. Season to taste, remove the bay leaf and stir in the parsley
SPOON the hot mixture into a 2 litres casserole dish and arrange the cooked gnocchi over the top. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake in a moderate oven 180°C for 20-30 minutes or until the cheese is golden. Serve immediately