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Mario Batali's Truffle Mac N' Cheese

Truffle Mac N Cheese Mario Batali
Three Cheese Mac N' Cheese
skill level
Easy
time
1-30min
servings
10
cost
$
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Rethink traditional macaroni and cheese with this amped-up version including Fontina, Robiolina, Parmigiano-Reggiano and black truffle shavings.
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ingredients
  • For the Roasted Cauliflower:
  • 1 head of Cauliflower (cut into florets)
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • For the Mac N' Cheese:
  • 1 1/2 pounds Penne Pasta
  • 3 cups Bechamel
  • 1 cup Fontina (grated; plus more for garnish)
  • 1 cup Robiolina
  • 1 1/2 cups Parmigiano-Reggiano (plus more for garnish)
  • 1 small Black Truffle
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • For the Topping:
  • 1/2 cup Fat Boy Bread Crumbs (toasted) 
  • 1/3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper
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  • 1
     
    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • 2
    1 head of Cauliflower (cut into florets)
    Olive Oil
    Salt and Pepper
    For the Roasted Cauliflower: Toss the florets in a mixing bowl with about 1/4 cup of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and then spread out evenly onto a sheet tray. Roast until golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  • 3
    1 1/2 pounds Penne Pasta
    For the Mac N' Cheese: Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season generously with salt (so it tastes like the ocean). Preheat the broiler on high. Drop the pasta in the boiling water and cook for one minute less than the package instructions.
  • 4
    3 cups Bechamel
    In a heavy bottomed pot, make the bechamel. 
  • 5
    1 cup Fontina (grated; plus more for garnish)
    1 cup Robiolina
    1 1/2 cups Parmigiano-Reggiano (plus more for garnish)
    1 small Black Truffle
    Salt and Pepper to taste
    Add the cooked pasta to the pot and stir to combine, let cook on low for 1 minute, ensuring the noodles are thoroughly coated in the cheese sauce. Whisk in the Fontina, Robiolina, and Parmigiano, and stir to combine. Box grate in half the truffle. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
  • 6
    1/2 cup Fat Boy Bread Crumbs (toasted)
    1/3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano
    1 teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper
    For the Topping: Scatter the cauliflower on the top of the pasta, followed by the breadcrumbs, more Fontina, more Parmigiano and more finely grated truffle. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the top is bubbly and golden brown. For extra decadence, grate more Parmigiano and truffle on each individual serving.
 
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