Anyway, last night we had movie/game night again, and I offered to cook, after having put it off forever.
I decided to keep it simple and make this AMAZING Mac & Cheese recipe, with muffins to snack on later. The first time I ate this was at my very first french cooking lesson ever, where our instructor was showing us how to make a bechamel sauce. It was my very first truffle experience, and ever since then, I've been addicted!!
Mac & cheese, I figured, was fun and uncomplicated enough for an evening at home watching movies, but not so commonplace as to be boring, thanks to the truffle oil..
I made a whole lot of it, and by the time we were through with dinner, there wasn't any left, so I'm sure you'll agree when I say that it was a hit!
You will need - pasta (I've used macaroni, what with it being MAC & cheese and all...), milk, butter, all purpose flour, cheese (I've used parmesan, pecorino and cheddar), white truffle oil, and salt and pepper (neither of which I've included in the photo). Simple isn't it?
To begin, grate a HUGE amount of cheese. No, I'm kidding. I like using this ribbon grater though, because what would normally be half a cup of cheese, gets grated to about 4 cups. Really, I promise. Makes me feel like I've been generous with the cheese without worrying about throwing in an extra yoga session to work it all off.
Alright, now that your cheese is all grated, take a nice heavy saucepan. Alternatively, if you live in MY world, please just get the only saucepan thats not waiting to be washed in the kitchen sink.
Crank up the heat and bung in the butter! (Yes, again, bung IS a real world. Where are you people from, another planet???) Once the butter foams, add the flour in and whisk until blended.
Once the flour has cooked well, take the pan off the heat and start whisking in the milk, and bring the mixture to a boil. Then, strain the whole thing to remove any lumps. At this point, while its still very hot, add the rosemary.
Don't put all of it in though!
Reserve one-eighth of the total, and add the rest, whisking until you've got a nice sauce...
See how good that looks?
Check seasoning. Ooh, this is the part where you realize you have a winner. The sauce alone is good enough to eat all by itself, and we haven't even got to the good part yet!! Patience, patience!
In the meanwhile, boil the pasta until its al dente.
Mix the pasta and the sauce. Fight the urge to eat it all now. I promise you, it gets better, MUCH better. Really.
And now for the good stuff! Truffle oil! Drizzle/mix/stir, whatever you want. Just make sure that its EVERYWHERE. Now sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top.
Bake for a few minutes in the oven, or stick it under a salamander until the cheese on top melts and becomes nice and golden and bubbly.
Be warned though, this is a one way trip to truffle heaven. I shall see you there.
Milk - 350 ml
Flour - 15 g
Butter - 15 g
Rosemary - 1 tbsp dried/2 sprigs fresh
Parmesan - 1/4 cup
Pecorino - 1/4 cup
Cheddar - 1/4 cup
White truffle oil - 3 tbspns
Salt - as required
Pepper - 1 tsp
Macaroni - 2 cups
Bring liberally salted water to a boil in a large pot. Cook pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside.
In a heavy saucepan, heat butter until it foams. Add the flour and stir until well blended.
Cook the roux for a few minutes.
Remove from heat, add the milk, whisking all the while. Back on the heat, bring the milk to a boil. Remove from heat again.
Pass the mixture through a sieve. This is now a bechamel sauce.
Pour the bechamel back into the pan (low flame) and add the rosemary. Cook for a minute before taking the pan off the stove.
Grate all 3 cheeses and mix them together. Reserve 1/8th of the mixture.
Whisk the remaining grated cheese into the bechamel.
Check seasoning (pepper and salt).
Mix the pasta with sauce in an oven-proof dish.
Drizzle the truffle oil on the pasta and mix well.
Sprinkle the remaining grated cheese on the pasta.
Pass under a salamander/cook in an oven until the cheese bubbles and turns a golden yellow.
Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.