Truffle Mac & Cheese

Patricia Naveira


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.


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2 Hr 45 Min
20 Min


  • 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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Course/Dish: Pasta Sides
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