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Published on November 19th, 2013 | by Kailei Carr

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Truffled Mac and Cheese Recipe

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One of my absolutely favorite recipes ever, partially because I love just about anything that has some truffles in it.

Ingredients:

1 lb ounces dry elbow macaroni or penne

1 tablespoon white truffle oil

4 ounces pancetta or slab bacon, finely diced

3 ounce button mushrooms, sliced

2 3/4 cups milk

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon truffle salt (regular salt is fine if you don’t have any truffled salt)

1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper

1/8 teaspoon each ground nutmeg, ground red pepper

2 1/2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

3/4 cup gruyere, shredded

1 cup white smoked extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded and divided

4 tablespoons snipped fresh chives, divided

6 tablespoons Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs or fresh breadcrumbs)

Long chive strips for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

Cook macaroni in large saucepan of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to the bite, stir occasionally; drain well. Transfer to a large bowl; toss with truffle oil.

In medium nonstick skillet over medium heat add pancetta; sauté and stir until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Add mushrooms; sauté until tender, about 3 minutes. Drain and place on paper towels. Set aside and keep warm.

Bring milk to simmer in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove from heat. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour; stir until pale golden, about 1 minute. Whisk in hot milk. Cook over medium heat until thickened; stir frequently, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in salt, white pepper, nutmeg and red pepper. Add extra sharp cheddar cheese, gruyere, 1/2 cup white smoked extra sharp cheddar cheese and 3 tablespoons chives; stir until melted. Add elbow macaroni and pancetta mixture to cheese sauce; toss to coat.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put mac and cheese mixture into a baking dish. Sprinkle top of mixture with remaining white smoked extra sharp cheddar cheese and panko. Garnish top with remaining chives. Bake about 25-35 minutes until crumbs are golden brown. Garnish with chive strips or as desired.

 

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About the Author

Kailei is the co-founder of The Vyne. She is an expert shopper, digital marketer and has conducted extensive research on African American women.



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