Truffle Cheese 101
A truffle is a subterranean mushroom that can be found in the underground root systems of chestnut, oak, hazel, and beech trees. Truffles characteristically have an "umami" taste (earthy, meaty, and savory), so they are a natural pairing for cheese which also has its umami characteristics.
Ground truffles or truffle oil are often mixed into the curds before the cheese is pressed into forms. Otherwise, truffle oil can be rubbed onto the exterior of the cheese during the formation of its rind or after the cheese has matured and developed its own flavors. These different ways of incorporating truffle into cheese contribute a distinct flavor profile to the final cheese you enjoy.
Decadent Truffle Goat Cheese Pasta Recipe
All it takes is a stellar cheese to transform a pasta dish into something unforgettable.
This decadent truffle goat cheese from Hudson Valley takes this pasta from the usual to a flavor-packed pasta that all of your friends will be raving about.
4 oz-6 oz truffle goat cheese
3/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 lemons, juiced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 8 sprigs of fresh basil leaves, de-stemmed
- 2 portabello mushrooms, de-stemmed and diced into 1 inch cubes
- 2 garlic cloves
- 4 oz spaghetti
Bring 4 quarts of salted water to a boil.
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a saute pan.
Once hot, add the mushrooms. Sprinkle with salt to release any excess moisture in the mushrooms. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes, until mushrooms are cooked and desired consistency.
Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute.
In a blender or food processor, add the cheese, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Blend until combined. Slowly add olive oil on low until the sauce is completely emulsified.
Once the water is boiling, cook pasta for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the package’s specifications. Drain and place cooked spaghetti in a large bowl.
Add the mushrooms and cheese sauce to the bowl. Mix well.
Finish with fresh basil leaves, and enjoy!
Are you looking for a bottle of wine to pair with this decadent dinner for two? We recommend a Chenin Blanc or light-bodied Pinot Noir.