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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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


  • 1Preheat 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.
  • 2Combine 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.
  • 3Add in the herbs and seasonings. Stir in 3 cups of white extra sharp cheddar cheese until smooth.
  • 4Add 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)
  • 5I 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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