Truffled Macaroni Cheese

Truffled Macaroni & Cheese

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Truffled Mushroom, Gruyere & Cheddar Mac n’ Cheese

Makes 8 Servings

Yes, this dish is just as luxurious, rich, and decadent as it sounds.  Enjoy!

Instead of baking the whole batch in a large baking dish, as we have, you could also bake individual serving potions in ramekins.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1lb Gruyere, grated
  • 1/2lb White Cheddar, grated
  • ¼ cup minced Shallot
  • ½ stick of Unsalted Butter
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 6 Cremini Mushrooms, minced
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 1/2oz Truffle Sauce, plus extra, if desired, to taste
  • ¼ cup All Purpose Flour
  • 4 cups Whole Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Truffle Salt (we used 5%)
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp Sherry Vinegar (we used Gran Reserva)
  • 1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup chopped Flat Leaf Parsley

DIRECTIONS

1

Preheat your oven to 350°F.
2

Melt the half stick of butter in a deep sauce pan over Medium heat with the minced shallot & ½ tsp salt. “Sweat” the shallot, cooking it a slightly lower heat than sautéing, so it becomes tender without taking on color.
3

After six to seven minutes, when the shallot has softened, add the mushrooms and bay leaves.
4

When the liquid has come out of the mushrooms and they’re starting to brown, add the truffle sauce.
5

When the mushrooms have browned, stir in the flour. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until the flour starts to smell nutty.
6

Whisk in the milk & cook, continuing to stir, until the sauce thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon.
7

Stir in all the cheese except 1 cup of gruyere that you’ll reserve for the topping.
8

Remove the bay leaves & taste for seasoning, adding one tablespoon of the sherry vinegar and additional truffle sauce if necessary.
9

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil & stir in the penne. Boil until the penne is very al dente (still tougher than you’d want to eat it).
10

Drain the pasta & stir it into the cheese sauce.
11

Pour the pasta & sauce mixture into a buttered baking dish.
12

Stir together the reserved gruyere, chopped parsley, remaining sherry vinegar and panko bread crumbs.
13

Sprinkle the panko topping over the pasta & sauce to create an even topping.
14

Move the dish to the oven and bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
15

Remove the macaroni & cheese from the oven. Let it cool on the counter for 15 minutes, then scoop portions out & serve.

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