Truffle Mac and Cheese


This is a rich and indulgent take on the classic mac and cheese. The truffle oil adds a luxurious depth of flavour, whilst the thyme gives it a beautiful herby aroma. It’s the perfect comfort food for a winter’s day!

Ingredients

  • 500g macaroni
  • 50g butter
  • 50g plain flour
  • 600ml whole milk
  • 100g grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp truffle oil
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
  2. Cook the macaroni in a large pan of boiling water according to the packet instructions.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat. Add the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes until the mixture becomes a paste.
  4. Gradually add the milk, whisking continuously until the mixture thickens and comes to the boil.
  5. Add the cheddar cheese and whisk until melted. Add the truffle oil and thyme leaves and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Drain the macaroni and add it to the cheese sauce. Mix well.
  7. Pour the mixture into a large baking dish and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and bubbling.

Potential changes & improvements

For a richer dish, you could add some cream to the cheese sauce. For a more indulgent version, you could top the mac and cheese with some crispy pancetta or bacon. If you’re not a fan of truffle oil, you could simply leave it out.

What other food it works well with

This dish goes well with a simple green salad or some steamed vegetables.

Common Mistakes

One common mistake when making cheese sauce is to not whisk the mixture continuously. This can result in the sauce becoming lumpy. Another mistake is to not season the sauce sufficiently. Cheese can be quite bland, so make sure to add enough salt and pepper.

Nutritional Information

This dish is high in calories and fat, so should be enjoyed in moderation. It is also high in sodium due to the cheese.

Allergens

This dish contains the following allergens: gluten, milk, and egg.


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