Truffle Mac and Cheese

This truffle mac and cheese pairs a rich white cheddar with just the right hint of truffle oil. It’s an…

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This truffle mac and cheese pairs a rich white cheddar with just the right hint of truffle oil. It’s an indulgent dish that makes a splash!

Truffle mac and cheese

Here’s a decadent dish that will win hearts and minds: Truffle Mac and Cheese! This cozy pan mixes a rich, creamy white cheddar sauce with just the right hint of earthy truffle oil. The truffle adds an irresistible nuance (not overpowering as some truffle dishes can be!). This recipe is ideal for a dinner party where you’re looking to impress. For us black truffle lovers, we couldn’t get enough of it!

Ingredients in truffle mac and cheese

This truffle mac and cheese has massive flavor with a relatively short ingredient list! The heavy hitters are the sharp cheddar cheese, which brings in salty, robust flavor, and the truffle oil that adds an earthy flair. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pasta: Any short shape works! You can branch out of the typical macaroni: we like shells, fusilli, penne, etc
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Onion powder and garlic powder
  • White cheddar cheese
  • Natural truffle oil
  • Panko or bread crumbs (optional)
Truffle oil

Important: find natural truffle oil

Many chefs have turned up their noses at truffle oil in recent years, because many available to consumers are synthetic. They mimic flavors found in real truffles and are often extremely strong. But good news: there are finally some all natural truffle oils on the market!

  • Many truffle oils in grocery stores are synthetic. Look on the back of the bottle at the ingredient list. If real black truffles are not listed, it is not natural truffle oil.
  • Natural truffle oil is made with pieces of actual truffles and is not synthetic. The flavor is much gentler and tastes “real.”
  • What if all you can find is synthetic truffle oil? We don’t recommend using it. But if you must, use half (or less!) than the amount of natural oil specified in this recipe.

Another way to add truffle flavor

Another way to add truffle flavor to this truffle mac and cheese? Canned truffles and mushrooms. Alex and I found a product in our grocery store made by the brand Urbani: it’s a small can of mushrooms that are flavored with real truffles. The flavor is intense and irresistible.

We use this when we want to add big flavor and have pieces of actual mushrooms! It’s great in this mac and cheese or on a pizza. Try these Canned Truffles & Mushrooms.

Truffle Mac and Cheese

Tips for making a roux

The technique you need for homemade truffle mac and cheese is making a roux. A “roux” (pronounced “Roo“) is flour and butter cooked together and used to thicken sauces. It’s usually made from equal parts of flour and butter. This is what makes the gooey sauce: cheese by its would be too sticky. Here are a few tips for making a roux:

  • Measure out your ingredients in advance (mise en place). The cooking process goes fast, so you don’t want to be distracted by measuring. The French call it mise en place, which means “everything in its place.”
  • Don’t leave the stove, and watch closely. The flour and butter can burn easily! Stand by the stove and start adding milk right when the flour turns golden brown.
  • Add the milk gradually. Pour in the milk and constantly whisk, adding it little by little, until it forms a smooth sauce. Add the spices and cook about 4 minutes until the sauce is thickened. Add the cheese and you’re go to go!

Tip: how to reheat truffle mac and cheese!

Lastly: let’s talk about storing this truffle mac and cheese recipe! You can refrigerate leftovers, but know this: the truffle flavor does fade over time. If you’re planning to reheat it, here’s what to do:

  • Place it in a skillet and add a splash of milk. Use a ratio of about 1 cup noodles to 1 tablespoon milk.
  • Heat over medium heat and stir until the sauce becomes creamy again!
  • Add a few drops of truffle oil and a pinch of salt to revive the flavors. Taste and adjust flavors as desired.
Truffle Mac and Cheese

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Truffle mac and cheese

Truffle Mac and Cheese


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Ingredients

  • 1 pound short pasta (shells, macaroni, fusilli, or penne)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 ¾ cups milk
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 12 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 teaspoons natural truffle oil (avoid synthetic truffle oil or use 1 teaspoon)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup panko or Italian breadcrumbs, optional

Instructions

  1. Boil the pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta until just al dente (cook until just tender but still a bit firm). Drain the pasta and add to the cheese sauce once it is ready (if the pasta finishes first, toss it with a bit of olive oil to prevent sticking).
  2. Make the cheese sauce: In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat the butter over medium heat; when it melts, stir in the flour. Heat the mixture for several minutes, stirring constantly. Immediately when the color starts to turn light brown, reduce the heat to low. Start to add the milk very slowly, whisking constantly until the mixture is completely smooth, then adding more milk. Add the onion powder and garlic powder and continue cooking on medium low heat for 4 minutes until slightly thickened. Turn the heat to low then add the grated cheddar cheese (in a few handfuls at a time) and keep stirring until it is melted and a smooth, thick sauce forms. Stir in the truffle oil and remove from the heat.
  3. Finish the dish: Add the cooked and drained pasta to cheese sauce. Season with ½ teaspoon kosher salt and stir to combine.
  4. Broil: If desired, top with panko or Italian breadcrumbs and broil broil it for 1 to 2 minutes until lightly browned, turning the pan to even out the browning as necessary. Serve immediately. (Leftovers save refrigerated, but the truffle flavor does diminish over time. To reheat, heat on the stovetop with a splash of milk, and add a drop of truffle oil and/or salt to revive the flavors.)
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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Parmesan Truffle Fries

Crispy potatoes, truffle oil, and Parmesan cheese: WOW! These Parmesan truffle fries are insanely tasty, baked in a hot oven until they’re crisp. Vegan variation included. Oh hi there, fellow truffle lovers! Ever ordered truffle fries at a restaurant and wanted to recreate them at home? Well, do we have a recipe for you! This Parmesan truffle fries recipe is pretty darn special. Thee flavor is every bit as good as restaurant fries, though they’re baked not fried. They have just the right subtle hint of earthy truffle. And they’re crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, perfectly salted and mixed with cheese to take them over the top. Seriously, WOW! You’ll feel so fancy, you won’t know what to do with yourself. As a 100% truffle fan, I was blown away with this one. (And Alex was happy to find my ideal comfort food recipe.) What are truffle fries? First off: what exactly are truffle fries? Truffle fries are french fries mixed with truffle flavor. Usually the flavor comes from with truffle oil, though some restaurants may use shaved real truffle. And we’re not talking chocolate here, obviously! Black and white truffles can be considered a type of […]

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Crispy potatoes, truffle oil, and Parmesan cheese: WOW! These Parmesan truffle fries are insanely tasty, baked in a hot oven until they’re crisp. Vegan variation included.

Truffle Fries

Oh hi there, fellow truffle lovers! Ever ordered truffle fries at a restaurant and wanted to recreate them at home? Well, do we have a recipe for you! This Parmesan truffle fries recipe is pretty darn special. Thee flavor is every bit as good as restaurant fries, though they’re baked not fried. They have just the right subtle hint of earthy truffle. And they’re crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, perfectly salted and mixed with cheese to take them over the top. Seriously, WOW! You’ll feel so fancy, you won’t know what to do with yourself. As a 100% truffle fan, I was blown away with this one. (And Alex was happy to find my ideal comfort food recipe.)

Parmesan truffle fries

What are truffle fries?

First off: what exactly are truffle fries? Truffle fries are french fries mixed with truffle flavor. Usually the flavor comes from with truffle oil, though some restaurants may use shaved real truffle. And we’re not talking chocolate here, obviously! Black and white truffles can be considered a type of mushroom: but technically, they’re fungi! Unlike other mushrooms, they grow underground and don’t have a visible stem. They’re considered the “diamond of the kitchen” and are highly prized in many cuisines.

Why do people love truffles so much? Well, first of all the flavor. Truffles are earthy, intoxicating, and make anything they’re added to taste more intriguing. Second, they’re very expensive and rare because they’re difficult to harvest (making them all the more desirable!). Hunters actually take specially trained dogs and pigs out to hunt for truffles to find their scent underground. Which leads us to why truffle oil has become an easy way to enjoy the flavor of truffles. Keep reading…

Truffle oil

What’s the best truffle oil?

If you’re a truffle lover like I am, you may have heard there’s some controversy around truffle oil. Chefs have often turned up their noses at it. Why? Well, many truffle oils out there are synthetic. They only mimic flavors found in real truffles, and are often extremely strong. But good news: there are finally some all natural truffle oils on the market! This type of truffle oil is made with pieces of actual truffles and is not synthetic. Use all natural truffle oil for these Parmesan truffle fries if at all possible!

What’s the best truffle oil to buy for truffle fries? Our favorite brand to use is Urbani’s white truffle oil (we’re not affiliated). It’s made in Italy, is all natural and has real truffle pieces inside. After cooking with it for a while, we love its subtle truffle aroma. If you grab a jar, you can also use it on our Truffle Pizza!

Parmesan truffle fries

Tips for making truffle fries

OK! Feeling truffle educated? (Me too.) A little personal info on why I’m so into this. Truffle is my favorite flavor in the world. Yep, I can’t help it! It’s earthy and intoxicating. Also, it reminds me of our travels to Italy, so of course that gives me all the feels! I was incredibly excited to be able to make truffle fries at home. Here are a few tips for how it’s done:

  • Master hand-cutting your fries. Chopping fries requires a bit of technique, and it’s easiest to show rather than tell. Head to How to Cut Potatoes into Fries or watch the video below.
  • Bake with the fries far apart on the baking sheet. How to get fries crispy? Keep them as far apart on the baking sheets as possible when baking. This allows for the best airflow between the fries. Maybe it sounds picky, but trust us! Pile the fries on top of each other and they turn soggy and steamed instead of crisp.
  • Find a great truffle oil. As we noted above, all natural truffle oil is much higher quality with better flavor than a synthetic oil. What if all you can find is synthetic? You can still use it! Just drizzle a little less than stated in the recipe, because the flavor is much stronger.

How to make them vegan: omit Parmesan!

Is the cheese in these Parmesan truffle fries required? Actually, no! You can easily make these truffle fries vegan by simply omitting the Parmesan cheese. You may also want to sprinkle with a bit more salt.

But the Parmesan is highly recommended! If you do eat cheese, we suggest using it. Alex and I tried it both ways, and the cheese added a certain magic that turned the flavor from incredible to insane. And that’s it: everything about truffle fries! Let us know in the comments below if you try them out!

Truffle fries

This truffle fries recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For plant-based, dairy-free and vegan, omit the Parmesan cheese.

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Parmesan Truffle Fries

Parmesan Truffle Fries


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

Crispy potatoes, truffle oil, and Parmesan cheese: WOW! These Parmesan truffle fries are insanely tasty, baked in a hot oven until they’re crisp.


Ingredients

  • 2 pounds russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons all-natural truffle oil or to taste with a synthetic truffle oil (Important! See Note)*
  • Parmesan or Pecorino, freshly grated (omit for vegan)
  • Chunky sea salt, for garnish
  • Chopped chives, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Cut the potatoes into fries (watch the video to see!): Wash the potatoes, leaving the skins on. Slice off the ends of each potato, then slice off part of the side to make a base. Place the potato half cut side down and cut off a ¼-inch slice, then lay the slice on its side and cut it into several long strips. Repeat until all potatoes have been cut into fries. The pieces can be uneven, but aim for as uniform of thickness as possible. See the video for full instructions.
  3. Place the fries in a large bowl with the olive oil and kosher salt. Mix thoroughly to combine.
  4. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Spread the fries on the paper, placing them as far apart as possible.
  5. Bake the fries for 15 minutes. Take them out of the oven and flip them. Reduce the heat to 400 degrees.
  6. Reverse the trays in the oven and bake another 10 minutes until the fries are crisp and golden brown, watching carefully as the cooking time can depend on the fry thickness and oven. (If the majority of the fries seem soft, continue to bake a few more minutes.)
  7. Remove the baking sheets from the oven. Drizzle with the truffle oil (note that if your bottle does not say “all natural”, drizzle to taste — it’s much stronger than all natural, so don’t use the quantity listed.) Add chunky sea salt, crushing it with your fingers as you sprinkle. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and chives. Serve immediately (fries become softer as they sit). If making in advance, omit Step 7, then reheat the fries in a 400 degree oven and perform Step 7.

Notes

*If you use an all natural truffle oil like Urbani natural truffle oil, the flavor is more subtle, so you’ll need more than if you use a synthetic oil. If you buy a truffle oil that is not marked with “natural flavor” anywhere on the package, it will be stronger. Drizzle it on to taste. 

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: French

Keywords: Truffle Fries, Parmesan Truffle Fries

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