Truffled Mac & Cheese

Ever since I bought black truffle oil, I’ve been on the hunt for recipes that would highlight this aromatic accoutrement. Of course, I can always depend on Cooking Light to actually feature a recipe using truffle oil in a baked mac & cheese recipe. As a kid, I grew up eating the “blue box” variety, but I’ve been more willing to make the authentic baked version as an adult. Using truffle oil really suits this dish, and serving the flavorful pasta alongside a simple mixed greens salad balances out the pasta’s richness quite nicely. Cooking Light’s recipe can be found in the January/February 2012 issue, here, or below.

2 1/4 c. 1% low-fat milk, divided (I used skim)
2 c. sliced onion (about 1 medium)
1 bay leaf
12 oz. uncooked elbow macaroni (I used the macaroni from a Kraft box I wasn’t ever going to use!)
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
3/4 c. (3 ounces) shredded fontina cheese (I used an Italian blend I had on hand)
1/2 c. (2 ounces) shredded Comte or Gruyere cheese
1 1/2 tsp. white truffle oil (I used black truffle oil)
2 oz. French bread baguette, torn (I used pre-made breadcrumbs)
2 tbsp. grated fresh Parmesan cheese
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp. olive oil

1. Heat 1 3/4 c. milk, onion, and bay leaf in a large saucepan to 180° or until tiny bubbles form around edges (do not boil). Cover and remove from heat; let stand 15 minutes.
2. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
3. Strain milk mixture through a colander over a bowl; discard solids. Return milk to saucepan over medium heat. Combine remaining 1/2 c. milk and flour in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk until well blended. Gradually stir flour mixture and salt into warm milk, stirring constantly with a whisk. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring frequently; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; let stand 6 minutes or until mixture cools to 155°. Gradually add fontina and Gruyere cheeses, stirring until cheeses melt. Stir in pasta and truffle oil. Spoon mixture into a 2-quart broiler-safe glass or ceramic baking dish.
4. Preheat broiler.
5. Place bread, Parmesan cheese, and garlic in a food processor; process until coarse crumbs form. Drizzle with olive oil; pulse until fine crumbs form. Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture over pasta. Place dish on middle rack in oven; broil 2 minutes or until golden brown.

60 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. InCucinaDaME
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 07:40:30

    Have just mentioned in my recent post ( that for once I am not having baked pasta/lasagna for Sunday lunch 🙂

    Looking at the above post, I feel sorry I had fish 😦

  2. ceciliag
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 07:55:30

    Fantastic. i was given a wee bottle of truffle oil just recently and have been both terrified and excited to try it. Macaroni cheese sounds like the perfect place to start. thank you Yummy! c

  3. Ei
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 09:48:20

    I’ve never had truffle oil. Sounds tasty, especially when added to glorious mac n cheese.

  4. Food,Photography & France
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 09:51:05

    Very nice picture – and good comfort food

  5. jora
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 09:56:20

    I can’t believe I didn’t notice this recipe when I was reading my Cooking Light. It sounds awesome! I love anything with truffles.

  6. saffronandhoney
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 10:25:07

    Truffles and cheese (and butter!) – always an amazing combination 🙂

  7. Liz
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 10:59:22

    This sounds fabulous!!!! And a mac and cheese from Cooking Light is certainly appealing. This may be one of our Friday meatless meals very soon~

  8. Alice
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 11:05:11

    Looks great! I have a fave mac & cheese that uses cream of mushroom soup and its really the only baked mac & cheese that I have been successful with and its super delicious! 🙂 I love your use for the truffle oil though! I have seen it called for in a lot of pasta dishes that use wild mushrooms or seafood too, that might be worth looking into 🙂

  9. Heather
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 11:39:43

    This looks delicious! I have yet to brave truffle oil – I’m so worried I’d mess it up and what a waste that would be. But I think I’ll keep an eye out for it on my next grocery trip!

  10. AikoVenus
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 11:48:25

    Ooh this sounds really good – I’ve always wanted to try truffle oil! ^^ I love your recipes so much, yummychunklet!

  11. sally
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 12:00:00

    Mac & cheese and truffle oil sound like a good combination to me!

  12. thebigfatnoodle
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 12:31:24

    My word, that looks and sounds amazing! Mac and cheese has to be one of my biggest guilty pleasures but the black truffle oil must make it unbelievably good!

  13. Necessity is the Mother of Invention
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 12:35:22

    Wow, my two kids love mac and cheese, though I don’t know how they’d react to truffle oil. They eat smoked gouda mac and cheese, so maybe this is worth a try!

  14. Louise
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 12:37:37

    Never would I have thought to Truffle Mac & Cheese. What an awesome way to “purty” up such a comforting dish.

    Thanks for sharing, Yummy…

  15. Lisa {Smart Food and Fit}
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 13:53:56

    Wow, this is the adult version of mac n cheese! I too grew up on the blue box version. I made some the other day with my kids and I’ll have to post but it’s not as creative as yours. Have a great weekend!

  16. mireia
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 14:30:54

    This sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  17. eatinglikeahorse
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 15:12:54

    Your pictures are always so droolworthy! This and the onion soup in your last post both look to die for 🙂
    I’ve never had truffle oil but, having just this minute looked up what it is, I think I need to try it!

  18. Norma Chang
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 15:29:31

    Comfort food plus truffle oil, what more can one ask for.

  19. Three-Cookies
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 16:55:25

    Sounds awesome, I’ll wait for the local diner to offer this dish:)

  20. Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 18:46:28

    I saw this recipe in my magazine too — and was thinking about making it. Thanks for sharing the result!! 🙂

  21. peachkins
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 19:17:09

    I want to buy truffle oil but it’s so expensive…. I’m still trying to allot a budget for it…

  22. Elaine
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 20:21:11

    The combination of cheeses and the truffle oil sound wonderful. This isn’t just ordinary mac ‘n cheese! It looks so good with the crumb coating.

  23. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 20:28:03

    Mac & Cheese brought to a new level of deliciousness!

  24. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 21:23:01

    Oh, my, my. Love it!

  25. Anna @ the shady pine
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 22:50:17

    What a perfect dish for using the truffle oil in…it’s mac & cheese all grown up!

  26. hotlyspiced
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 03:44:51

    I have a bottle of black truffle oil (I’ve had it for a while) and have been wanting a recipe to use it. You have come to my rescue! What a great looking family meal. That’s something everyone in our household would enjoy. Love how you’ve photographed it – very engaging!

  27. Jana
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 03:48:54

    Sounds fantastic 😀
    xoxoxo ^^

  28. An Irish Village Pantry
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 05:10:01

    Sounds like a fab touch of decadence to a humble Mac ‘n Cheese. Delicious!

  29. TrafficDiva
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 05:33:01

    I read the title, I read the recipe…but I still can’t believe this is a LIGHT dish!! Looks SO, so…YUMMMY!! If only all “light” dishes could look and taste THAT good! Way to go, Yummy!

  30. Anita Menon
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 06:04:56

    Truffle oil is very expensive, isnt it?
    But the mac n cheese looks fab and must have tasted fantastic with truffle oil

  31. Inger Wilkerson
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 06:34:01

    I’ve been wanting to try homemade mac & cheese so I can use whole wheat pasta–even have the elbow macaroni in my pantry. With the truffle oil, this might just work for the parents as well as the kids!

  32. FiSh
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 06:50:23

    the aroma must be really good with the truffled oil 🙂

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  33. Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 07:14:12

    I wish I could get my hands on some truffel oil, its such a rare ingredient. Told my mum too to keep some aside if she ever finds some.

    I can imagine how great truffel oil would taste with mac and cheese. surely the perfect “rounding” of this delicious dish.

    thx for sharing!

  34. Ameena
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 08:55:23

    There is nothing like homemade mac and cheese…I can’t imagine how much better truffle oil would make it! Looks delicious.

    Happy Monday! I hope your week is a good one.

  35. Andi Winslow
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 09:24:48

    I love mac and cheese, but have never used truffle oil before, I’m scared, what does it taste like? This sounds delish have a great day andi

  36. spicegirlfla
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 09:40:12

    I never had the blue box variety as my mom always made home made and it’s something I can enjoy any day. There are now so many versions and I love your mix of cheeses; the truffle oil tips this over to good enough for company!!

  37. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 10:00:35

    I saw this in Cooking Light and was thinking I’d try it, then forgot about it. I also just bought my first bottle of truffle oil, so thank you so much for this post. I’m gonna make it later this week! Yours looks wonderful.

  38. Amanda
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 10:46:43

    I love adult versions of kid favorites! If I ever have truffle oil, this is the first thing I will be making!

  39. mariscallahan
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 12:20:58

    I basically like ALL mac and cheese so his sounds tremendously good!

  40. Kristin & Megan (@BonBonRoseGirls)
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 13:25:10

    I can’t believe I’ve never attempted homemade mac & cheese!

  41. alex
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 14:56:22

    what a heavenly treat! It looks so tasty.

  42. kitchenbelleicious
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 16:09:12

    truffle oil is amazing- I have some from Devo and I love using it- never done it with mac and cheese though- genius. I am thinking I need some of this right now

  43. JasmyneTea
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 16:37:52

    Ooooh yum, that looks perfect! We have a bottle of Truffle oil lying around, will definitely be making this 🙂

  44. Holly
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 16:56:43

    Ooooh I LOVE mac and cheese. This looks utterly divine! YUM!

  45. mary
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 17:46:12

    I love truffle oil – or butter! this is just an enormous treat!! divine!
    Mary x

  46. simply Life
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 18:37:58

    I really want to try cooking with truffle oil- looks great!

  47. Betty
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 18:53:51

    Ultimate comfort food there! Your Mac and cheese is gorgeous and sounds good with the truffle oil. 🙂

  48. Cher
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 19:06:08

    Truffle oil adds such a lovely touch to everything – I am sure this was excellent!

  49. Elin
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 19:19:35

    Truffle oil are expensive over here and I am sure your mac and cheese taste better with it 🙂 slurp !

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  50. Asmita
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 20:52:09

    OMG, perfect comfort food. You really seemed to have turned up the volume on this dish by adding truffle oil. Now that’s a dish I want!!!

  51. sara
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 21:27:14

    Yum, this looks absolutely amazing! I love the sound of truffle oil in mac and cheese, I bet it tastes really delicious! 🙂

  52. vianneyrodriguez
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 21:38:19

    heaven,,,cheese and truffle oil!! pass me a spoon

  53. Purely.. Kay
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 22:30:58

    I usually enjoy a simple mac and cheese. But this truffled mac and cheese looks absolutely scrumptious. I love this

  54. kyleen
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 23:03:23

    Ahhh, I love, love, love truffle oil. It’s got to be one of the most delicious things, especially when you combine it with mac and cheese! A couple years ago, a friend of mine when to Greece and Italy and she brought me back a vial of white truffle salt. So good!

  55. kitchen flavours
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 01:11:51

    Looks delicious! And I have never heard of truffle oil! Not sure whether have I seen it around here! Gonna google to find out more info! Thanks for sharing! Have a lovely week!

  56. Baker Street
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 03:24:12

    I can totally imagine how truffle oil would take a good ol’ mac and cheese up a notch. It looks perfect to dig into.

  57. Henry
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 07:21:20

    very nice presentation of mac and cheese.

  58. Liz
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 20:04:44

    Oh, how yummy! This may make our Lenten Friday rotation…must pick up some truffle oil!

  59. Just A Smidgen
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 10:02:40

    A restaurant here in town makes this, I’m so excited to have a recipe for it so I can make my own! I love truffle oil!!

  60. Kathy
    Mar 01, 2012 @ 11:51:18

    Oh yum!! I love Mac and Cheese, and the mixture of cheeses and truffle oil in this one just push it over the top!!

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