Truffled Mac and Cheese

35min 4 servings

300 g Stortini pasta

2 tbsp. truffle oil

35 g butter

2 tbsp. plain flour

5 dl milk

300 g Castello® Mature Cheddar

10 g fresh black truffle (grated)

4 tbsp. chives

2 tsp. sweet paprika

Salt and pepper

Truffled Mac and Cheese

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 225° C. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions in a large pan of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain the pasta and add truffle oil. In a hot saucepan, melt butter and stir in plain flour until you get a paste. Slowly add milk while stirring. Bring to a boil let it simmer for 4 minutes before adding cream and grated Castello Mature Cheddar. Stir until the cheese has melted and you have a nice smooth sauce. Once the cheese has melted add the truffle infused Stortini pasta and season with chives, paprika, salt and pepper. Pour the mac and cheese into a coated baking dish. Grate some fresh black truffle over and carefully stir. You can use dried truffle, truffle oil or simply leave it out. Top with grated cheddar and bake for 20 minutes at 225° C. Serve immediately.

 

The right combination

Black truffles are extremely versatile in cooking, and while their taste is deep and intense, they never saturate coupled flavours when portioned correctly. Like a musky fragrance, the truffle slowly reaches your palate in a strong sensation. The experience is unparalleled and impossible to describe – our Truffled Mac and Cheese is one you have to try. Chives, sweet paprika and butter give the cheese and truffle plenty of room to shine, while also providing a sense of added freshness and spice.

 

Picking the best cheese

This dish deserves a pairing equal in intricacy and aroma. Going for a weaker cheese runs the risk of flavours being bland and diluted. Truffles are favoured for their powerful presence in whatever dish they appear, meaning that you will need to couple it with a cheese with bite and texture. Our Castello® Mature Cheddar demands attention, and its complex flavour profile stands in beautiful contrast to that of the black truffle. Strong and tangy, it heightens the nuances of its surroundings and lets you achieve the iconic macaroni and cheese taste. The longer maturation period means that naturally formed salt crystals help the cheese melt and spread evenly.

 

The perfect pairing

With both our Castello® Mature Cheddar and fresh black truffle taking centre stage, you need a wine that holds its own against their strong flavour profiles. To truly experience the nuances of your truffled macaroni and cheese, being fussy, when deciding what drink you want to couple it with, makes an enormous difference in how you perceive them. It is always recommendable to cater your choice to the dominant flavour of the dish, but personal preference is ultimately the discerning factor.

 

Keeping in mind that opposites attract, white wines prove to perfectly complement the black truffle, since they tend to display slightly earthy and musky tones that mesh nicely with stronger contrasts. You could also try your hand at a sparkling wine or champagne with a light body, as to not overshadow its counterparts.

 

When picking your wine, remember to think of it as a relationship of flavour, instead of a competition.

 

Try our other variants

Not a lot of dishes share the same worldwide renown as macaroni and cheese. Its great versatility has made it an essential menu item in a great number of culinary cultures, spawning countless variations as a result. At Castello® we share that deep love for this bona fide feel-good food and our amazing recipes are guaranteed to satisfy even your strongest cravings.

 

A great choice for luncheons and picnics with loved ones, our Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese overwhelms and dazzles any who try it, and guests are sure to fall in love with our amazing Crab Mac and Cheese for when evenings need something truly special. Be adventurous with our Butternut Mac and Cheese and cut the carbs with the Gluten Free Mac and Cheese recipe, you cannot go wrong.

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