Monday, September 21, 2015

Truffle Mac and Cheese

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A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine and I went to Chestnut Ridge Winery in Spencer, WV for a little picnic lunch.  It was a beautiful day, and a perfect lunch.  The thing that stood out to me the more, aside from their amazing wines, was the DELICIOUS truffle cheddar cheese my friend had bought from Aldi.  As soon as I tasted it I was in love and I knew I was going to make a Truffled Mac-and-Cheese when I got home.  

The truffle mac and cheese, in a yellow, square baking dish, with a fork and spoon, on a black background.

It sounds fancy and decadent, but I assure you that it couldn't be more simple to make.  And because you can find the cheese at Aldi for $3.00 it's easy on the wallet as well.  I can't wait to share with you how I made it so...

Let's Get Started!
Truffled Cheddar Mac & Cheese:
*Prep Time:  15 min.  *Cook Time:  30 minutes *Difficulty:  Easy  *Servings:  4


A picture of the ingredients needed to make the truffled mac and cheese.

  • 2 6 oz. blocks of Truffle Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 lb. of the Pasta of your Choice
  • 2-3 tbsp. of Unsalted Butter
  • 2-3 tbsp. of All Purpose Flour
  • 2 c. Milk
  • 1/2 tsp. Fresh Grated Nutmeg
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
To begin you will need to preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  

A pot of water, on a burner, with salt being added to it.

Then place a pot of water over a medium/high heat, and add a tbsp. of salt.

A picture of a cheese grater, on a counter, with a half-grated block of truffled cheddar cheese.

While you are waiting for the water to boil, you can grate your cheese.
Don't you just love my orange cheese grater.

A pot, on the stove, with butter melting in it.

Then in another pot, add the butter and let it melt.

The pot, on the stove, with butter in it, with flour being added to it.

Add the flour to the melted butter.

A picture of the flour and butter, in the pot, being whisked together to make a roux.

You will need to whisk it into the butter and let it cook about a minute.
This will get the raw flour taste out of your roux.

Milk being added to the pot with the roux in it.

Next you will add the milk.

The pot with the roux and milk in it, being whisked to make a sauce.

Whisk the sauce until it there are no lumps and it begins to thicken.

To help ensure you won't have lumps, you may want to let your milk come to room temperature or warm it up a little in the microwave.

Pasta being added to the salted, boiling, water.

By now your water for the pasta should be boiling, so add the pasta.
Cook it according to the instructions on the box.

Fresh nutmeg being grated into the white sauce.

Now back to the sauce.
Using a microplane, you will grate the fresh nutmeg into the sauce.
You don't have to use fresh nutmeg.  The jarred stuff will work just as well.

The shredded, truffled cheddar cheese being added to the white sauce.

Once the sauce has thickened, you can turn off the heat and add 2/3 of the shredded truffle cheese.

The shredded cheese whisked into the sauce.

Whisk it into the sauce until the sauce is totally smooth.

Salt being added to the sauce.

Taste for seasoning and add any salt...

Pepper being added to the sauce.

and pepper you feel it needs.

Pasta being added to the sauce, in the pot.

At this point your pasta will be finished cooking. Drain it, and add it to the sauce.
Stir it all together until it is well coated.

Two, single serving, baking dishes, on the counter, that have been sprayed with cooking spray.

You can make this Truffled Mac and Cheese in a 9 x 13 baking dish, but I had these cute little individual ones that I couldn't resist using.
Make sure you butter them or spray with cooking spray.  No one wants their mac and cheese to stick to the pan.

The pasta with the cheese sauce being added to the greased baking dishes.

Portion the Truffled Mac and Cheese, equally, into the baking dishes.

The mac and cheese in the baking dishes, topped with more truffled cheddar cheese.

Then, top with the rest of the shredded cheese.

The truffled mac-and-cheese, in the baking dished, on a baking sheet.

I like to put my baking dish on a baking sheet so that it will not make a mess in my oven if it bubbles over.

The finished truffled mac-and-cheese, hot, bubbling, and brown.

Place into the preheated oven for 30 minutes and voila!  It is finished!
It will get brown and bubbly in the oven, but because I like the crispy bits, I put it under the broiler for a couple minutes as well.

The finished truffled mac-and-cheese hot, brown, and bubbly with serving utensils.

This Truffled Mac and Cheese is so flavorful that you will never look at your old mac and cheese the same way again.  It's a definite dinner game changer.  I'm honestly drooling just thinking about it.  So head on over to Aldi, pick up some of this cheese, and get in the kitchen to make it TONIGHT!  You will be SOOOOO glad you did.  I would love to hear about any of your delicious mac and cheese recipes and as always....

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living,
~The Kitchen Wife~


  1. How much milk did you use exactly? I'm a cooking newbie and am horrible at guessing measurements. Thanks :)

    1. Oh my goodness! I didn't even realize I left that off! I will fix it right now. I actually use 2 cups for this recipe.