Truffle-Infused Macaroni & Cheese

To me, nothing says comfort food quite like homemade macaroni and cheese. The creamy cheese sauce paired with al dente elbow pasta is just perfect to fill me up on a cold day and comfortably sticks to my ribs. Even though it's classified as an Italian dish, homemade macaroni and cheese goes great with American barbeque or roasted chicken and with the addition of some ham and/or peas, this side dish can quickly become a meal unto itself! Here's a very easy (and delicious) recipe for what has got to be one of my favorite dishes ever. Salud!

Ingredients

  • 1 package dried elbow macaroni (7 ounces)
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp. fresh chopped thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 1/2 cup manufacturing cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cubed or shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup cubed or shredded gruyere cheese *
  • 1/4 cup cubed Velveeta cheese
  • 2 tsp. plus 1 tsp. white truffle oil
  • 2 tbsp. fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp. panko or unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika

* For a milder tasting macaroni and cheese, Monterrey jack cheese can be subsituted for the gruyere.


Step 1) Par-cook the Pasta - Cook the dried macaroni just slightly under the time recommended on the package (al dente) to avoid over-cooking it in the last step. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the pasta from cooking any longer then set aside.

Step 2) Make the Sauce - In a medium sauce-pan, melt the butter together with the flour and mix until it's fully incorporated. Next, slowly add the manufacturing cream and milk while stirring. Bring to a simmer then add the cheddar and gruyere (or jack if subsituting). Once the cheese is completely melted, add the Velveeta, fresh thyme, onion powder and 2 tsp. of the truffle oil. Mix into the pasta and pour the pasta and sauce into a 9" x 9" baking dish or into 4 individual souffle dishes.

Step 3) Crumbs make the Dish - In a small mixing bowl, add the fresh grated parmesan, panko or unseasoned bread crumbs, paprika and 1 tsp. of the truffle oil and mix. Sprinkle the mix evenly over the top of the pasta and sauce and then bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Before removing from the oven, turn on the broiler for a couple of minutes to brown the top but keep an eye on it to avoid burning the dish.

Optional Ingredients

  • shaved black or white truffles
  • prosciutto
  • fresh peas
  • bacon
  • roasted red pepper
  • mushrooms
  • roasted garlic
  • ham or pancetta
  • sun-dried tomatoes

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Now, I'm craving this dish. I get weak just thinking about it. Thanks!


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Delaney this is one of my favourite comfort foods too. Although I cook with many different herbs, spices, fungi etc. I have never tasted truffle. What is the taste of truffles?


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Delaney Boling 6 years ago Author

Thanks BFP and Kuya Dave! Dave to answer your question, a good white truffle tastes very earthy with just the right amount of pungency - almost like a good peat scotch. Truffles are extremely aromatic so you don't have to use very much of them in your dishes (which is good considering that they can cost up to $100 per ounce). If you want to try out the flavor of truffles without breaking the bank, check out some of the truffle-infused oils I have listed above. Remember, a little goes a long way! Truffle oil is great in pastas, in salads, drizzled on breads, actually, in almost everything! Have fun with it!


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reddog1027 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

All I can say is thanks for answering my question and an awesome mac and cheese recipe. Guess what I am having for dinner tonight? Yep, your recipe for mac and cheese.


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Delaney Boling 6 years ago Author

Thanks reddog1027! Hope you enjoy!

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