MACARONI & CHEESE WITH TRUFFLE OIL (OR NOT)
Everyone’s all time favorite, Macaroni & Cheese, just saying those words makes you smile. It’s the ultimate comfort food. I love my Mac & Cheese creamy inside with a crispy crunchy top. I prefer not to bake the macaroni and cheese in the oven which has a tendency to harden the cheese sauce. To maintain a creamy smooth consistency after I mix in the cheese sauce over the macaroni I sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top and immediately place it under the broiler. After several minutes the Parmesan cheese will turn a glorious golden and start to bubble over. Serve it right away while the cheese sauce is still hot and remains creamy.
NOTE: I add truffle oil to the cheese sauce while I’m making it. The heady earthy aroma & taste from the truffle oil gives this traditional old fashion dish a modern twist.
6 to 8 servings
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 tablespoons all purpose flour
3-1/2 cups warm milk
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 cups shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
4 ounces goat cheese, cut up
2 tablespoons truffle oil (optional)
8 ounces of your favorite macaroni
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the flour, and mix to form a roux. Add half of the warm milk, and mix well, using a whisk to make sure you get the ingredients off the sides and bottom of the saucepan. Add the rest of the milk. Using a wooden spoon, continuously stir the sauce until it begins to thicken and tiny bubbles form on the sides (5 to 6 minutes). Do not boil. Add saltt and pepper to taste. Add cheddar cheese and goat cheese. Mix until the cheese is completely melted and the sauce is smooth. Add the truffle oil, (optional) and mix well. Cover and set aside.
Cook the macaroni according to package directions
Preheat the broiler. Spray a 4-quart casserole dish or pie plate with cooking spray.
Place the cooked and drained macaroni in a large bowl, and pour the cheese mixture over it, mixing well. Spoon the mixture into the casserole. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top, and broil until the top is crusty and golden about 6 to 10 minutes . Watch carefully, to be sure it doesn’t burn.
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