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truffle mac & cheese

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Patricia Naveira
Burbank, CA

I am requested to make this for almost all my pot-lucks or family dinners. It's a BIG hit and awfully addictive. I get my white Extra Sharp Cheddar cheese at Trader Joe's but you should be able to find it at any grocery that has a large cheese selection. You can substitute the yellow extra sharp, it just won't have the light color. Also, I always double the recipe for a 9 x 13 casserole dish. It goes quickly. Enjoy

(1 rating)
yield 6 serving(s)
prep time 2 Hr 45 Min
cook time 20 Min

Ingredients For truffle mac & cheese

  • 3 Tbsp
    kosher salt
  • 8 oz
    penne pasta,dry 1 package
  • 1 Tbsp
    white truffle oil (or black)
  • 2 Tbsp
    shallots, minched
  • 1 Tbsp
    garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp
    all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 c
    heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp
    dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp
    black pepper, crushed
  • 3 c
    extra sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 c
    extra sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded

How To Make truffle mac & cheese

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bring 1 gallon of water to a rapid boil with the kosher salt in an 8-quart pot. Drop pasta into the water and stir. Boil for 7-8 minutes total or until al dente. Drain off all water through a colander, let sit for one minute and then toss in a large bowl with truffle oil. Reserve.
  • 2
    Combine the shallots, garlic and olive oil in a 4-quart pot and cook slowly for 10 minutes using low heat. Add in the flour, raise heat to medium and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Temper in the heavy cream and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes on low.
  • 3
    Add in the herbs and seasonings. Stir in 3 cups of white extra sharp cheddar cheese until smooth.
  • 4
    Add in the truffle scented pasta and stir until evenly combined. Pour mixture into casserole dish and top with extra cheddar cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until bubbly and slightly browned on top. (each oven is different so watch after 15 minutes, it might take longer)
  • 5
    I usually make this the day before I’m going to cook it. Cover with foil and refrigerate. On the cooking day – bring to room temperature then cook according to directions. You can find truffle oil in most grocery stores where the olive oils are, or in finer kitchen supply stores.

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