Truffle Mac and Cheese

Truffle mac and cheese just out of the oven

Truffle Mac and Cheese ~ a luxurious baked pasta with plenty of rich creamy sauce and an earthy flavor and aroma thanks to truffled cheese, truffle oil, and a dash of truffle salt. This is macaroni and cheese like you’ve never had it before!

Truffle Mac and Cheese topped with breadcrumbs and ready to bake

it’s truffle mac and cheese for dinner and I’m excited!

The other day when I was at the low point in my January ‘crud’, I made a dirty hair/slept in sweatshirt run to the grocery store because I was out of Puffs Plus Lotion (no matter what you say, toilet paper does not work.)  While I was there I grabbed as many frozen dinners as I could carry, and one of them was a truffle mac and cheese that turned out to be pretty good, considering.

Feeling a little better on my next grocery run I grabbed some truffled goat cheese and some imported pasta, knowing there was white cheddar, milk, cream, truffle oil and truffle salt at home. I figured I could make a pretty good stab at recreating it and I was right.

Note: My home remedy (i.e. killing my cold with comfort food) is working! I’ll be back to healthy eating, and posting, Friday 🙂

truffle mac and cheese being ladled into a baking dish

the BEST pasta for macaroni and cheese

A decadent baked pasta like this calls for a voluptuous pasta

Look for one that will embrace all that cheesy goodness with open arms. In other words, the pasta isn’t an afterthought in this dish, so be mindful when you choose yours. I have strong opinions about this, and I especially love imported Italian pasta. I picked up a bag of Montebello (est. 1388!!)  Conchiglie for my dish today, the imported Italian pasta is large but delicate walled. There’s ample room in the fat hollow shape for lots of cheesy sauce 😉

Montebello Conchiglie Pasta

the best cheese for truffled mac and cheese

I don’t usually use goat cheese in macaroni and cheese, but it worked great in this recipe! Good thing because it was the only truffled cheese I could find in my supermarket. I added sharp white cheddar to balance out the tang. You can really use any truffled cheese you can find in your store. You might come across truffle cheddar, pecorino, Gouda, even Brie (just be sure to remove most of the rinds, first.)

Why are truffles so expensive?

  • truffles are almost impossible to cultivate and are mostly hunted in the wild. That means searching for them by hand, one by one, and they can only grow in super specific conditions.
  • So assuming you aren’t in possession of any actual truffles, the best way to get truffle flavor is with good quality truffle infused cheeses, oil and salts. The flavor is surprisingly assertive.
Dishing up truffle mac and cheese

don’t forget the crunchy topping

A little bit of crunch adds a pleasant contrast to the rich cheesy mac. I like to top mine with some breadcrumbs, seasoned with truffle salt and mixed with truffle oil, of course. They get crispy and browned and add a nice textural dimension to the creamy pasta.

Sometimes I’ll run my mac under the broiler briefly at the end of cooking just to get some nice browning. But after that I like to dig into the pasta the minute it comes out of the oven, it’s really best at that moment.

Truffle mac and cheese just out of the oven

where can I find truffle oil and truffle salt?

  • Look for both at your supermarket, you’ll have the best chance of finding them at larger or specialty stores. The bottles will be small, so keep your eyes peeled. The oil will be in the oil section, probably on a top shelf. The salt will be in the spice section, again, with other specialty products.
  • Stores like Cost Plus/World Market stock both, and you can always order them online. Amazon has a good selection of truffle oils and truffle salts.

how do you know if your truffle oil is authentic?

  • Be aware that it’s a little bit of a no man’s land when it comes to truffle oil labeling, so buyer beware.
  • Read the label, it should only include oil and actual truffles. It should not include any chemicals, aromas, or truffle ‘flavoring’.
  • Real truffle oil usually contains small bits of truffle that settle at the bottom, but even that isn’t a guarantee.
  • The real deal is relatively pricey and there are fakes out there, if yours seems too cheap to be true, it probably is.
  • Because of the negative publicity more companies are producing real truffle oil, so keep your eyes peeled.
  • Remember that even if you don’t have access to authentic truffle oil, I think the more common artificially flavored one can be fine for home cooking. It’s what they most certainly use at your favorite restaurant, after all.
  • I used this oil made by Urbani, and was happy with it. Is it authentic? I can’t actually tell, the label says it’s made with truffles, but the ingredient list doesn’t mention them.
Truffle Macaroni and Cheese in a baking dish with spoon

“Made this tonight and it was possibly the creamiest most decadent dish I’ve ever made! I couldn’t find truffle goat cheese but I did find truffle Brie. Yum.”  

JEN

Truffle mac and cheese just out of the oven
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4.04 from 110 votes

Truffled Macaroni and Cheese

Truffle Mac and Cheese ~ a luxurious baked pasta with plenty of rich creamy sauce and an earthy flavor and aroma thanks to truffled cheese, truffle oil, and a dash of truffle salt.
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Calories 395kcal
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound pasta, cooked al dente
  • 2-3 cremini mushrooms stems trimmed, and finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk this helps keep the sauce creamy
  • 2 tsp truffle oil
  • 3/4 tsp truffle salt or to taste
  • 8 ounces truffled soft goat cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

crumb topping

  • 3 Tbsp bread crumbs
  • truffle oil
  • truffle salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325F Lightly butter a gratin or other baking dish
  • In a dry saucepan sauté the chopped mushrooms, stirring almost constantly, until they lose their moisture and start to turn dark. Add the butter and flour and cook for a minute or two, but don't let it brown.
  • Slowly add in the milk, cream, and evaporated milk, stirring to blend. Turn the heat up a bit and cook the mixture, stirring constantly, until it just comes to a simmer and thickens. Don't let it come to a boil.
  • Take off the heat, add the truffle oil and truffle salt, and let it cool for a minute.
  • Add the cheeses and stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth. Fold in the cooked pasta and turn into your prepared pan.
  • To make the breadcrumb topping, moisten the breadcrumbs with truffle oil and add a pinch of truffle salt. I also add some fresh cracked pepper. Sprinkle the crumbs over the pasta.
  • Cook the mac and cheese for about 20 minutes, or until bubbling. If you’d like a little more browning, run it under the broiler briefly, but watch it very carefully so it doesn’t burn.
  • Serve the mac and cheese immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 872mg | Potassium: 357mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1301IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 343mg | Iron: 2mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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  • Reply
    Linda Wray
    February 16, 2021 at 10:06 am

    This sounds delicious…I love truffles!
    Do you think adding some Truffled Burrata would work? I’m not a goat cheese fan.

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      February 19, 2022 at 7:48 am

      Sounds wonderful to me!

    • Reply
      Renee
      February 19, 2022 at 9:29 am

      Thanks for the suggestion of Truffled Burrata! I can’t stand goat cheese.

  • Reply
    Lorraine
    February 28, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    5 stars
    This was pretty fab. I had plain goat cheese I wanted to use, so I added an extra drizzle of truffle oil to the mushrooms before adding milk etc.
    Thanks!

  • Reply
    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    January 21, 2019 at 10:48 am

    I’ve got truffle salt and oil but I’m going to have to be on the lookout for the soft truffled goat cheese…it would add a huge flavor addition to the mac and cheese.

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 9, 2019 at 7:13 pm

      I was able to find several different types of truffled cheese, Karen, so I think you’ll have some good choices.

  • Reply
    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    January 11, 2019 at 10:09 am

    5 stars
    So indulgent, what a perfect comfort meal for January!

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 9, 2019 at 7:22 pm

      The truffle flavor makes it extra comfy/cozy 🙂

  • Reply
    jen
    January 10, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was possibly the creamiest most decadent dish I’ve ever made! I couldn’t find truffle goat cheese but I did find truffle Brie. Yum.

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 9, 2019 at 7:13 pm

      Thanks so much Jen!

  • Reply
    angiesrecipes
    January 9, 2019 at 11:31 am

    5 stars
    Truffle oil and salt…wow I bet this mac and cheese dish tastes particularly delicious!

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 9, 2019 at 12:09 pm

      It’s a triple truffle threat Angie 😉

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