Truffle Mac & Cheese

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  • The Best Mac & Cheese recipe - Truffle Mac & Cheese that you can make ahead. An excellent side dish or entree!

    I was introduced to this truffle mac & cheese several years ago at a restaurant called Zest, that no longer exists. It was noteworthy. In fact, even Chris, the non-pasta lover, loved it. It has been on our menu rotation ever since, especially in winter. In fact, it’s even made an appearance here before, but let’s not go back & look at those photos, alright? It’s one of my favorite make ahead dishes. It’s a great as an entree or a side & I have served it more than once at Thanksgiving. You can prepare the dish a day in advance or earlier in the day & bake it just before serving for convenience. Yet another reason this is in our dinner rotation! I love preparing dinner during nap time!

    Gouda Mac & Cheese - full of flavor, a winter favorite recipe!

    This recipe is incredibly easy to make. To keep the grocery costs to a minimum, I get the ham & gouda from the deli so that I’m purchasing only what I need.

    Wow your guests with this incredible made ahead side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas

    Truffle Mac & Cheese

    Course Entree


    • 10 oz. pasta
    • 1 Tbsp butter
    • ½ small shallot
    • ½ clove of garlic
    • 1 thick slice of ham cubed {about 1/3 lb}
    • 1 c heavy cream
    • ½ tsp salt
    • ¼ tsp white pepper
    • ½ tsp white truffle oil
    • ¼ lb gouda shredded
    • ½ cup peas drained - not shown
    • ½ cup shredded/sliced white cheddar


    1. Preheat oven to 375. Bring a pot of water to a boil & prepare noodles al dente.
    2. Saute butter, shallots, garlic & ham over medium-low heat.
    3. Add cream & bring to a boil.
    4. Whisk in truffle oil, salt, pepper & gouda.
    5. Strain noodles & stir into sauce with peas.
    6. Add cheddar & bake 10 minutes.


    Creamy gouda mac & cheese with a hint of truffle

    I love preparing this in my Staub so that it can go from stovetop to oven without any extra dishes, but you can always transfer the noodle/sauce mixture to an oven proof dish!

    If you refrigerate before baking, add a touch of cream & increase baking time to 20 minutes.

    Wow your guests with this incredible made ahead side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas

    What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side?

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