Black or White Truffle Mac and Cheese


Prima Olive’sExtra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt, to taste

1 lb elbow macaroni

2 tsp. Prima Olive’s truffle oil

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. sweet paprika

1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard

2 cups milk

1 cup half-and-half

Freshly ground pepper, to taste

1 1/2 cups shredded Gruyère cheese

1 1/2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese

½ cup bread 1 crumbs tossed in 2 TBL  EVOO


Preheat an oven to 375°F. Oil a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the macaroni and cook, stirring occasionally, until not quite al dente, about 2 minutes less than the package instructions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. While the pasta is still warm, drizzle with the truffle oil and stir well.

Return the saucepan to medium-high heat and melt the 4 Tbs. EVOO. Add the flour, paprika and mustard and cook, stirring well, until no visible flour remains, 1 to 3 minutes. Whisk in the milk, half-and-half and a generous pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Simmer, whisking frequently to smooth out any lumps, for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add a pinch of pepper and 1 cup each of the Gruyère and cheddar. Stir until smooth.

Pour the cheese sauce onto the macaroni, add the chives and stir well. Transfer to the prepared baking dish and top with the remaining cheeses. Evenly distribute bread crumbs. Bake until the top is lightly browned and the sauce is bubbly, 25 to 30 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Serves 6.