BrokeAss Gourmet

BrokeAss Gourmet

Truffled Mac and Cheese

  • Prep Time 0:20
  • Cook Time 0:15
  • Estimated Cost $9.50

Truffles, usually considered off-limits in my BrokeAss kitchen, make this simple macaroni and cheese recipe decadent and unique, thanks to Trader Joes’ very reasonably-priced Italian Truffle Cheese. I skip a bread-crumb topping so as not to overpower the truffles’ subtlety, and serve it with just a whisper of freshly-ground black pepper.


  • 1 lb elbow macaroni $1
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, plus more for pan/ramekins $1 for a stick
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour Pantry
  • 1 cup whole milk $1.50 for a pint
  • 5 oz. Italian truffle cheese, shredded $6 for 8 oz.
  • salt to taste Pantry

Recipe Serves 4


  1. Preheat broiler on high. Lightly butter 4 oven-proof bowls/large ramekins or 1 8" baking pan.
  2. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and return to pot.
  3. While macaroni cooks, melt butter in a medium pot over medium heat. Whisk in flour until a sticky dough forms. Very slowly add milk, whisking constantly, until a creamy white sauce forms. Add shredded truffle cheese, whisking to encourage melting. Once all cheese has melted, remove from heat and season with salt to taste.
  4. Pour cheese sauce over cooked pasta and use a rubber scraper to combine well.
  5. Scrape macaroni and cheese sauce into prepared bowls/ramekins/pan. Place under broiler, just until a very light golden-brown crust forms on top.
  6. Serve hot.

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