Truffled Macaroni & Cheese

Truffled Macaroni and CheeseI’m going to keep this post short and sweet as my brain is still in holiday mode and I STILL have so much dreaded unpacking from my overseas travels to get done.

 I’m not exactly thrilled to be back in Australia after the past two weeks I’ve had overseas… and that’s mainly due to the weather. Even though I love winter, I’m always caught off guard arriving at the airport and being forced to transition from the humid & balmy overseas climate of Bali to the freezing cold Australian winter. Despite the sudden cold snap, it does feel good to be back to the creature comforts of home.

Truffled Macaroni and CheeseTruffled Macaroni and Cheese

 There’s nothing quite like sitting in the comfort of your home while it’s freezing outside, rugged up, with a hot bowl of pasta (and a glass of pinot noir). Everyone needs a simple yet extravagantly delicious pasta recipe to pull out when inspiration has packed its bags.

 One of my personal favourite recipes is Macaroni and Cheese, which brings back instant childhood nostalgia. However so, I have re-invented the classic Macaroni and Cheese dish by adding two of my favourite ingredients, black truffles and gruyere cheese. The addition of these ingredients takes standard Macaroni and Cheese to a completely different level (a rather expensive level). For me, this is the epitome of decadent ‘adult’ winter comfort food…which I have so been missing since being away.

 Whilst I ease myself (unwillingly) back into routine, I can take comfort knowing that my next overseas holiday is coming soon around the corner… can time just pass already!

Truffled Macaroni and CheeseTruffled Macaroni and Cheese



Truffled Macaroni and Cheese
Serves 4
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  1. 4 cups of full cream milk
  2. 1 cauliflower
  3. 75g unsalted butter
  4. 75g plain flour
  5. 400g macaroni
  6. 60ml truffle oil
  7. 3 whole black truffles (optional)
  8. 250g mozzarella
  9. 1 medium block of gruyere cheese
  1. Cook the macaroni in a saucepan of boiling salted water according to packet instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Place milk in a pan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Add half the cauliflower and cook until tender, drain and reserve the milk.
  3. Transfer the cauliflower to a food processor, blend until a smooth paste forms. Season with salt.
  4. To make the cauliflower béchamel sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and stir until combined, thickened and smooth.
  5. Gradually add reserved hot milk and keep whisking until a smooth, thickened sauce forms.
  6. Add the cauliflower puree, combine and set aside.
  7. Preheat an oven grill.
  8. Bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil and blanch the remaining cauliflower until tender. Drain.
  9. Combine the macaroni, cauliflower béchamel sauce, truffle oil and cauliflower florets in a large bowl with half the mozzarella cheese and a generous serve of grated gruyere cheese (to personal taste).
  10. Grate the whole truffles over the macaroni mixture.
  11. Stir to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  12. Spoon the mixture into a baking dish and top with remaining mozzarella and gruyere (to personal taste).
  13. Grill for 5-10 minutes or until golden.
  14. Season and serve.
Adapted from Delicious magazine
Adapted from Delicious magazine
butter and brioche
Truffled Macaroni and Cheese


  • Reply Claudia @Breakfast Drama Queen November 13, 2014 at 5:22 am

    I was exploring your blog (which is just so beautiful) when I found this! It looks so amazing, and I love that there’s cauliflower in it!

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  • Reply suki October 20, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    OMG! Tempting 🙂

  • Reply Haley @ Cheap Recipe Blog September 18, 2014 at 3:11 am

    Wow, what pretty photos you have! This mac & cheese looks over-the-top delicious. Perfect this time of the year, when there is a chill in the air 🙂

  • Reply Peggy September 7, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    What a delightful addition to an old classic. I am imagining the taste.

  • Reply Elizabeth @ Bowl of Delicious! September 1, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Um, this looks amazing. And I love that you incorporated cauliflower into it! Can’t wait to try this!

  • Reply Jennifer @ Crockpot Gourmet July 29, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Wow! Looks amazing! I’ve had a similar mac and cheese at a restaurant before but I had never thought to try cooking with truffles myself! Yum!

  • Reply Mondo | I bake he shoots July 26, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    regular mac and cheese is great but with truffles and Gruyere? oh, good lord, that’s sounds fantastically decadent. sign me up!

  • Reply Cate July 24, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Oh yum! My hubby is a vegetarian and his favourite dish is mac n cheese, this would be a good way to posh it up a bit with out the inevitable bacon, x

  • Reply Donna at NothingChocolate July 24, 2014 at 12:20 am

    I feel honored that you took time to visit my blog! What a lovely presence you have here. I will continue to check and to explore this wonder! Nice job!

  • Reply Danielle | Krafted Koch July 22, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    This is seriously the most amazing and luxurious looking comfort food! I adore truffles, but rarely get to enjoy them now that I no longer work in fine dining restaurants, but I think I need to acquire some to make this!

  • Reply Kate @ ¡Hola! Jalapeño July 21, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    This is such a great reminder that it is not summer everywhere! The mac n cheese looks sensational and I’ll stash it away for when it is not 90°F. 🙂

  • Reply Em | the pig & quill July 21, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Holy crud, Thalia. I wish I could adequately express my (crushing) disappointment that this mac is not in my face at this very second. It’s a sad moment I’m having over here. Such a lovely recipe – and those photos. Pasta porn through and through! <3

  • Reply Alexandra July 21, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Your photos are stunning! I love the black ramekins you used for the pasta. I’m a sucker for cutesy dishes 😉

  • Reply Stephanie @ long distance Baking July 20, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Mac and cheese is my faaavvvv!! And this adult version sounds even better than the original! Good choice on the Pinot Noir, too 😉

  • Reply Sarah July 20, 2014 at 10:25 am

    That looks SO decadent and delicious! I love how you’ve made it so luxurious with the truffles and gruyere! A big bowl of that mac and cheese plus a glass of pinot noir sounds PERFECT right about now. 🙂

  • Reply Dana@ IveGotCake July 19, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Shit like this makes me just wanna let myself go. All. The. Way.

  • Reply Meinhilde July 19, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Truffles go so well with cheese! This looks like a great recipe. As soon as I get my hands on some truffles, I’ll have to try this!

  • Reply Natasha of July 18, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    This looks incredible and so so delicious! I’d love a full bowl of your truffled mac! Pinning!

  • Reply July 18, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Beautiful pictures and this looks like a yummy dish 🙂

  • Reply Erin July 18, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Wow this looks amazing!

    I made truffle mac n cheese for the blog a couple of weeks ago, but didn’t love the pics so never posted it.

    How delicious is it!? X

  • Reply Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats July 16, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    WOW! I’d cuddle up with a bowl of this any day! Hope you are transitioning back to “real life” as easily as possible!

  • Reply Roz July 16, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Hi Thalia, I’m so thrilled to find your amazing blog as a result of your visit to mine today. This recipe is just outrageously wonderful with the gruyere and truffles! How creative and over-the-top! I cannot wait to prepare this when it cools down here in the States. Just signed up to receive your posts so I won’t miss any of your recipes!

  • Reply Kelly July 16, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    This looks incredible! Love this grown-up mac & cheese! Sounds like the ultimate comfort food with the truffles!

  • Reply CheergErm July 16, 2014 at 2:10 am

    Why, this looks the absolute business! Love truffles and paired with good cheese and pasta? Hello mumma! Have had a similar dish out and about but you have inspired me to make it at home.

  • Reply Katya @ Little Broken July 15, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! I’ve never cooked with truffles as they intimidate me but have no problem with mac-n-cheese 🙂

  • Reply ATasteOfMadness July 15, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    This looks amazing! I don’t remember the last time I made macaroni and cheese..

  • Reply Annie @Maebells July 15, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    This is seriously heavenly!! Is there anything better than a big bowl of mac and cheese?! I don’t think so!

  • Reply Jules July 15, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I think my mouth dropped while I was looking at the photos of this! It sounds so good! I love the idea of making a fancier version of favorite comfort foods. This sounds amazing!

  • Reply Denise Browning@From Brazil To You July 15, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    What a beautiful blog full of yummy recipes you have, Thalia!
    The truffled mac and cheese, of course, caught my eye quickly. Mac and cheese has been one of my fave American dishes for a long time… As if it wasn’t enough, you added truffle oil. Can anyone resist to perfection in a bowl?!

  • Reply Cassie July 15, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Wow, this looks so indulgent but I love it! What a treat!

  • Reply Tania @My Kitchen stories July 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Very decadent indeed and perfect winter food

  • Reply arun July 15, 2014 at 10:45 am

    wow…..its looking good…i will share it into my friends….

  • Reply kristie @ July 15, 2014 at 4:14 am

    This looks incredibly decadent and comforting! I have never had truffles before, but this recipe has me very interested in using them. And the photos are just so gorgeous!

  • Reply Jessica @ Sweet Menu July 15, 2014 at 3:42 am

    Wow looks incredible! Just made mac and cheese for the first time last week – will have to try this recipe next time!!

  • Reply Kathy @ olives & garlic July 15, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Ohhhh truffled mac n cheese is divine. I can only imagine how good this recipe is, just looking at these beautiful photos is making me hungry.

  • Reply sherry from sherryspickings July 15, 2014 at 12:24 am

    that looks great thalia. mac and cheese is very comforting! carbs are so great in winter arent they?:)

  • Reply Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella July 15, 2014 at 12:02 am

    That looks wonderfully warming! I’m not a real winter person but dishes like this help 😀

  • Reply Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods July 14, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    I love comfort foods. This Mac and cheese looks amazing! So creamy and cheesy 😀

  • Reply Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel July 14, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Wow, this sounds amazing! My hubby love truffle anything… I always use truffle salt or truffle oil… what I wouldn’t give for a big fat black truffle! One of these days I’ll take the plunge and shell out the cash!! 😉

  • Reply Alyssa {Cake, Crust, and Sugar Dust} July 14, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Beautiful photos!! I love your “grown-up” spin on this childhood classic. Nothing beats nostalgic comfort food when it’s cold outside! Love your blog and the name is adorable 🙂

  • Reply marcie July 14, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    How wonderful Bali must’ve been, but what a shock to come back to cold weather! This mac and cheese is the perfect comfort dish for the cold weather, and I love the addition of the truffles and cauliflower…delicious! 🙂

  • Reply Mike@TheIronYou July 14, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Looks scrumptious Thalia. Cauli bechamel is the it!

  • Reply Mike@TheIronYou July 14, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Looks scrumptious Thalia!

  • Reply Erin | The Law Student's Wife July 14, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I adore grown up versions of childhood comfort foods. You just made mac and cheese total gourmet eating! (PS. Love the pic of the oven mitts holding the bowl. Too cute!)

  • Reply Sues July 14, 2014 at 11:57 am

    The only thing that makes a better comfort food than mac and cheese is mac and cheese with black truffles. It’s the middle of summer here and I still desperately want this!!

  • Reply Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong July 14, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Oh Gosh!! Yummmm!! SO creamy and cheesy.. Just cant get enough of it.. Perfect classic COMFORT food.. Love the addition of truffles in it… simply awesome.. 🙂

  • Reply Jules @ WolfItDown July 14, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Thalia, this looks amazing!
    I love how you have completely taken this dish to a new level, perfect for a cold Winter’s evening, and I like your addition of a glass of wine too, I must say. Hehe, it sounds like the perfect way to ease into the everyday life again, I hope you had a fantastic holiday! Hugs from Glasgow x

  • Reply Skye July 14, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Ooooh, cheese and truffles is such a heavenly combination. What a beautiful site you have here, Thalia! Utterly gorgeous.

  • Reply Emma July 14, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Oh wow, I mean I love me some mac cheese but this looks incredible 🙂 🙂

    (thanks for your lovely comment to my blog also)

  • Reply Emma @ Bake then eat July 14, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I love mac and cheese and your version sounds wonderful, sometimes we deserve those expensive treats like truffles 🙂

  • Reply linda July 14, 2014 at 7:57 am

    It looks absolutely gorgeous Thalia 🙂

  • Reply Crystal | Apples & Sparkle July 14, 2014 at 6:42 am

    OMG! This is an absolute swoon-worthy mac & cheese. Amazing!! : )

  • Reply Mallory @ because i like chocolate July 14, 2014 at 4:11 am

    I have this truffle salt that I adore and it would go so good in this recipe! Yum!

  • Reply Monet July 14, 2014 at 3:54 am

    Now I’m longing for a cold winter day just so I can make this gorgeous dish of macaroni and cheese!

  • Reply Pang July 14, 2014 at 2:28 am

    I agree nothing better in the winter than that Truffled Macaroni and Cheese of yours. It looks so elegant & amazing. Wow!!!

  • Reply Miss @miss in the kitchen July 14, 2014 at 1:56 am

    I could eat mac and cheese every day! This looks phenomenal!

  • Reply cheri July 14, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Wow! this looks so decadent.

  • Reply Alanna July 14, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Can I order one of those for delivery? Please? That mac looks so freaking amazing!

  • Reply Traci | Vanilla And Bean July 14, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Hi Thalia! I guess that’s the great thing about winter; comfort food! I hope you’ve settled in from your travels. This recipe is absolutely a stunner! I’ve never tried black truffles, but around the corner form my home is a little gourmet food & wine shop that will have them… and with the truffle oil, oh my goodness! Love the addition of cauliflower! Thank you for this recipe and inspiration!

  • Reply Baby June July 13, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    That sounds amazing! I love the addition of truffle, very fancy. 🙂

  • Reply PASSTHEKNIFE July 13, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    What could be better than Mac & Cheese on a cold winter day?! I love all the amazing variations this dish can take on.

  • Reply Neeraja July 13, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    What a comforting and delicious meal! Perfect for a wintry evening. So glad to have discovered your awesome site! Beautiful pictures! 🙂

  • Reply Johanna GGG July 13, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Nothing like a good stodgy bake to make you feel at home in winter – even a posh stodgy bake! I am sure you didn’t get mac and cheese in bali – though I can see why you might be missing the sunshine if your weather is anything like Melbourne’s weather right now.

  • Reply Anna July 13, 2014 at 8:09 am

    WOW. Stunning pictures. Amazing recipe 🙂

  • Reply Lydia July 13, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Dear Thalia
    Welcome back from your holiday.
    You are amazing; love your post , recipes, you write in a way that everyone could understand. Wishing you continued success and looking for more exciting posts.

  • Reply Karen @ Lemon Grove Cake Diaries July 13, 2014 at 6:11 am

    I love this adult version of M&C, it is just perfect for a winters night with a nice glass of red wine 🙂 Have a great week!

  • Reply Bam's Kitchen July 13, 2014 at 2:53 am

    This is one kicked up M&C. So beautiful it needs to pinned! I know it is difficult to come home from a balmy destination to a chilly one but this M&C would make me forget all about the cold. Take care, BAM

    • Reply thalia July 13, 2014 at 3:20 am

      Thanks for stopping by Bam!

  • Reply Tori@Gringalicious,com July 13, 2014 at 2:46 am

    I want to dive into a bowl of this right now. It looks amazing and I bet it tastes even better.

  • Reply Maureen July 12, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    On a visit to my sister several years ago, we went to the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park, NY for lunch and this is what I had. I called my husband in Australia and said I was having mac and cheese for lunch and he said, “At the top cooking school in America, you’re having mac and cheese? You’re dreamin’.” Said a bit like Mr. Kerrigan from the Castle. 🙂

    It was the best thing I’d put in my mouth for years. Yours looks as good.

    • Reply thalia July 13, 2014 at 12:03 am

      thanks for visiting Maureen and for your feedback!

  • Reply Kelly // The Pretty Bee: Cooking & Creating July 12, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Oh my, that macaroni and cheese looks so decadent! Wow!

  • Reply Liz July 12, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    What a gorgeous casserole full of cheesy goodness! And I love the idea of adding cauliflower, too! Perfect way to beat the winter doldrums.

  • Reply hADIA July 12, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    what a fantastic macaroni dish!Love the cauliflower bechamel and the addition of both truffle oïl and black truffle!

  • Reply Natasha July 12, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Decadent mac & cheese is one of my favourites! I’ll be sure to keep this recipe in mind for when winter comes around again.

  • Reply Lauren @ Hall Nesting July 12, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Wow! That is all I have to say! Looks incredible – hope you saved me some!

  • Reply Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg July 12, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I’ve had truffled mac n cheese before and it was sensational. Yours looks more sensational. I would love to have some now even though it’s hot and humid where I am.

  • Reply Hayley July 12, 2014 at 11:16 am

    this looks unreal!

  • Reply Jess @ whatjessicabakednext July 12, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Wow! This mac n cheese looks divine! So delicious- love the addition of truffles!

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