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.
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.
I love to use my Cuisinart food processor to create the truffle cheese sauce. It helps emulsify the olive oil, lemon juice, and cheese into one creamy sauce.
Wine Pairing Recommendations
Chenin Blanc or light-bodied Pinot Noir.
- 4oz to 6oz Hudson Valley Truffle Goat Cheese
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon
- The juice of 2 lemons
- 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
1. Bring 4 quarts of salted water to a boil.
2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a saute pan, cook minced garlic for 1 minute and then add the diced portabello mushrooms. Sprinkle with a dash of salt to release excess moisture in the mushrooms. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes, until mushrooms are cooked and desired consistency.
3. In a blender or food processor, add 4oz of the truffle goat cheese, the juice of two lemons, salt, and black pepper. Blend until combined. Slowly add olive oil on low until the sauce is completely emulsified.
4. Cook pasta for 8 to 10 minutes, drain and place cooked spaghetti in a large bowl.
5. Add the mushrooms and pour the goat cheese truffle sauce over the entire thing, and mix well.
6. Finish with fresh basil leaves, and enjoy!