Most often you are told to pair truffles with red meat, a hearty risotto, or french fries, all of which sing with the addition of the earthy mushroom flavor of truffles. Here, we have another recommendation for those white truffles - a grown up macaroni and cheese!
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White Truffle Mac and Cheese Recipe
-16 oz pasta
-4 tbsp ordinary salted butter (1/2 stick)
-1/4 cup flour
-2 tsp dried mustard
-1 cup half & half, warmed
-2 cups milk, warmed
-3 cups sharp white cheddar cheese, freshly shredded
-Ground black pepper, to taste
-2-3 tbsp Epicurean White Truffle Finishing Butter
-1/4 cup panko
Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare a 9x13” baking dish with non stick cooking spray or butter.
Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes less than package instructions. Drain the pasta and put in large mixing bowl. While pasta is still warm, stir in 1 tablespoon Epicurean White Truffle Finishing Butter. Use up to 2 tablespoons for more truffle flavor.
While pasta is cooking, melt 4 tablespoons ordinary salted butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the flour and mustard. Cook, stirring well, until no visible flour remains, about 1 minute. Whisk in the half & half and milk and cook until bubbling. Turn heat down to low and cook 4-5 minutes or until smooth. Remove from the heat and add pepper, to taste. Add 2 cups shredded white cheddar and stir until cheese is melted and sauce looks creamy, 1-2 minutes.
Pour the cheese sauce onto the pasta and mix well. Transfer to the baking dish and top with the remaining 1 cup cheese. Melt 1 tablespoon Epicurean White Truffle Finishing Butter in a small bowl. Mix in 1/4 cup panko and sprinkle over pasta. Bake 25 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned and sauce is bubbling. Broil for 1 minute to brown panko and then remove from oven. Let dish sit for 5 minutes before serving.