trufflemac1Truffle Mac & Cheese

This is the best mac and cheese I’ve ever put in my mouth. It’s rich, it’s earthy, and the onions add a slight sweetness to this indulgent savory dish. The smell of the truffle is heavenly, and once you’ve had that first bite you won’t be able to stop eating it! I love this recipe. And I especially love Trader Joe’s for carrying this amazing and affordable cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb pasta: orecchiette (pictured), macaroni,  cavatappi or whatever you prefer.
  • 1 Cup panko bread crumbs

Caramelized Onions:

  • 2 Small onions, halved and sliced
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp Cream Sherry
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Cheese Sauce:

  • 2 Cups Whole Milk
  • 8 oz  Trader Joe’s Italian Truffle Cheese , grated
  • 4 oz Sharp Cheddar, grated
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Flour
  • 1 Tsp freshly ground pepper
  • Kosher salt to taste

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. In a large saute pan, heat butter and olive oil for the caramelized onions.
  3. Add onions to saute pan and cook for about 5 minutes over medium heat until tender, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add garlic to onions and continue to cook  until onions are starting to caramelize.
  5. Once onions are caramelized, add the cream sherry to the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  6. When the sherry has been absorbed, remove onions from heat and set aside.
  7. Fill a large pot with water and a pinch of salt, bring to a boil. Once water is boiling add pasta and cook for 6-8 minutes, until al dente. Drain.
  8. In a sauce pan, heat up milk, stirring occasionally. Once milk is just about to boil, remove from heat and set aside.  (This can also be done using a microwave by putting milk in a microwave safe dish and microwaving on high for 3 minutes or when milk is just about to boil. Keep an eye on it!)
  9. In a large sauce pan, melt butter and add flour to create a roux. Whisk flour and butter over low heat for 2 minutes.
  10. Slowly whisk in hot milk and cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  11. Once milk has thickened to a creamy consistency, remove from heat and add the cheese, salt, and pepper.
  12. In a large bowl, mix together sauce, pasta, and onions. Pour mixture into a 9×9 baking dish.
  13. Top pasta mixture with bread crumbs and freshly ground black pepper.
  14. Bake for 40 minutes or until bread crumbs are golden brown and edges are crispy.
  15. Try not to eat it all immediately.