Some people love truffle, others abhor it, but what if you had the perfect balance of truffle melted into your mac and cheese? Even the truffle haters can be converted with this recipe. It's all about the balance of truffle to cheese so that the truffle doesn't overpower the dish but contributes a pleasant mushroom-y earthiness. As someone who is personally not a huge fan of truffle cheese, believe me, this recipe will convert you! And for the truffle cheese lovers out there, you are in luck!
What's the best type of cheese for pairing with truffle?
Savory alpine cheeses, cheddars meltable Monterey jack-style and provolone cheeses are all great options for truffle in mac and cheese. Deer Creek Cheese's Wild Boar is a Monterey Jack-style recipe where the curds have been mixed with black truffle. It is an amazing melting cheese and is incredibly well-balanced. Wild Boar is featured in our upcoming December Quarterly Cheese Subscription.
The Best Truffle Mac and Cheese Recipe
1 pound dried pasta (elbow macaroni, orecchiette, or our favorite: cestini)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
4 cups whole milk
2 cups alpine cheese like Pleasant Ridge Reserve or Gruyère AOP
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and butter a 3 qt baking dish.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add dried pasta and cook 1 minute less than the package directs (we want it to be al dente). Drain and rinse with cool water, pour into a bowl, and drizzle with a little bit of olive oil to keep it from sticking.
Meanwhile, shred cheeses and toss together in a bowl to mix. Portion the mixed shredded cheese: 3 cups will be used for the sauce, and 2 cups for the topping.
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle in flour and whisk to combine. It will form a thick, granular paste. Cook for approximately 1 minute, until golden brown, whisking often. Slowly pour in about 2 cups of the milk while whisking constantly. Once combined, pour in the remaining milk, continuing to whisk.
Continue to heat, whisking very often, until thickened to a thick soup consistency. It should coat the back of your spoon without dripping, and when stirring you should start to see the milk pulling away from the bottom of the pot.
Remove from the heat and stir in salt, pepper, and 1½ cups of the cheeses, stirring to melt and combine. Stir in another 1½ cups of cheese, and stir until completely melted in.
In a large mixing bowl, combine drained pasta with cheese sauce, stirring to fully coat the pasta Pour the pasta mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top with 2 cups of shredded cheeses.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until bubbly and golden brown.