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Orgasmic Mac ‘n’ Cheese « What We’re Eating – A Food & Recipe Blog

Orgasmic Mac ‘n’ Cheese

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Eater rating: 4.8 / 5  4.825

Winner of DMBLGIT, February, 2007Inspired by the Mac-n-Cheese Off, we’re eating an earthy ode to mac-n-cheese. This dish is made with a bechamel based sauce that’s filled with herb goat cheese, sharp cheddar, parmigiano reggiano, sauteed shitake and crimini mushrooms deglazed with sherry vinegar, truffle oil, fresh rosemary, thyme, and sage. Since the actual macaroni and cheese is extremely rich, we went with a crispy top-layer made from panko and parmigiano reggiano rather than the standard ooey gooey cheesey top layer.

macaroni and cheese
this is not from a box

T: I gotta say, Amanda, this mac and cheese was out of this world. I believe it came from another planet. it was outrageously tasty.
A: why thank ya, mister T! πŸ™‚ mac and cheese happens to be one of those foods that i find totally decadent and just absolutely love (when it’s made well).
T: you know, i grew up eating boxed mac and cheese like 95% of the time. i never had much real mac and cheese. And when I did, it was not creamy at all. Then along came mandy. Mandy, mandy.
A: hehehe honestly, i grew up with a similar mac-n-cheese experience. On occasion my dad would make mac-n-cheese and throw in some tomatoes and some good cheddar, but it was always dry and kind of gritty. a common outcome when you don’t use the bechamel based cheese sauce and just try to toss the macaroni with some cheese and bake it.
T: yeah that’s the way I would have thought to do it… make some box mac & cheese and throw some cheddar on there. or…. boil some macaroni and then just put cheddar on it. Either way I’d be sucking.
A: πŸ™‚ i’m sure if you did any research before you made the macaroni and cheese you wouldn’t just do that. there are tons of recipes out there.
T: if I did any research. Chances are if I were doing this it would be 2 in the morning I and would have had a few ice-cold Natural Light beers and I wouldn’t be sensible enough to “do research”.
A: heard that! fortunately you have me. and i tend to make macaroni and cheese out of what ever happens to be left over. it just seems to go with everything. this was an unusual mac and cheese for me because nothing was left-over. it was all made just for this meal.
T: i want more of this mac and cheese.
A: i actually wasn’t sure if you would like this one as much as previous ones, since you still aren’t mushrooms’ biggest fan…and my inspiration for this one was the earthiness found in mushrooms (and truffle oil).
T: I don’t know, I like mushrooms in the right scenario… just don’t want to sit around and eat them raw or something. But I was a massive fan of this mac and cheese. Like, OMG, Mandy. That was the best mac and cheese I’ve had. I give it a 4.9/5. You’ve got mac and cheese nailed.
A: damn, yo! that’s a crazy high score! i was a huge fan of the dish too. maybe not a 4.9/5 fan, but still…. I give this one a 4.75/5, which happens to be a pretty damn high rating.
T: if I’m not mistaken that’s the highest score we’ve ever given anything on this blog.
A: hmmm… i feel like i remember 1 other meal that might have scored higher, but i can’t think of what it was exactly.
T: i don’t remember either. But I’m sure it had plenty of cheese in it. Cheese helps anything get a higher score. Cheeeeese. Back to the Mac n Cheese…
A: yeah, so there is only one thing i would do to this dish if i could afford it – use real truffle and not truffle oil! but… seeing as how i’m currently in search of new employment!!!! that can’t really happen.
T: how much is a truffle, anyway? Or I guess I should say… how much is the amount of truffle that you would need for this dish?
A: well, since you can’t really buy just part of a truffle, i would need to purchase a whole one.
T: ok google-master mandy, what’s that going to run us?
A: well, from mirepoix usa you can get an eighth of a pound for $225 usd. on boots in the oven, they went to a at a truffle festival in italy and they had smaller ones there for about Γ’β€šΒ¬20 each. and they don’t particularly weigh a lot. i hate money! i wish i could just barter for products in my time off. i’m gonna make a sign and go stand in front of a specialty store that says “Will Work For Truffles… (and/or an aussie rack of lamb)”
T: Dude that is a great idea! You should totally do that! It might just pan out! πŸ˜€
A: hehehe you never know. it might just be outrageous enough…
T: maybe you could dress up as a truffle… is that going too far?
A: uh… maybe so πŸ˜‰ and where on earth would we find a truffle costume!
T: we would construct it out of paper mache of course!
A: or maybe i could just wear a chef’s coat or something…
T: ok, yeah… that’s more like it. so where in the San Diego area can we do this?
A: i dunno. i’ve not looked into who carries truffles around these parts. i don’t imagine it would be too terribly hard to find out though. you never know guys. maybe we’ll really do this.
T: quizas, quizas, quizas.

A Mac 'n' Cheese Recipe, by Amanda
Wild Mushroom Macaroni and Three Cheeses with Truffle Oil

1 1/2 cups sliced crimini mushrooms
1 1/2 cups sliced shitake mushrooms
2 tbsp oil or bacon fat
1 1/2 tbsp sherry vinegar
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
3 cup whole milk, warmed
4 oz herb chevre, crumbled
4 oz sharp cheddar, shredded
4 oz parmigiano reggiano, separated in 2 2oz piles
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
2 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
1 tsp fresh sage, minced
2-3 tbsp white truffle oil, depending on how strong you like it (yes, this is some rich mac-n-cheese)
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup panko
10 oz elbow pasta
kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place a large pot of water over high heat and cover. Place a large saute pan with 2 tbsp oil or lard over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the mushrooms to the pan and saute for 7-10 minutes or until the mushrooms are fully cooked and slightly caramelized. Toss or stir occasionally. Season with a pinch of kosher salt and black pepper then deglaze the pan with sherry vinegar. Allow all of the vinegar to cook out, then remove the mushrooms from the pan and set aside.

Begin the cheese sauce. Add 3 tbsp butter to a medium-sized sauce pan and place the pan on the stove over medium heat. Once all the butter is melted and hot, whisk in 3 tbsp flour. Cook the flour, whisking, for about 30 seconds , just long enough to get rid of the raw flour taste, but not long enough for the flour to start caramelizing. Add the thyme, rosemary, sage, and red pepper flakes. Continue stirring and allow the herbs to saute for about another 30 secpnds. Slowly pour in the milk while whisking continuously, so the roux and milk incorporate smoothly and there are no lumps. Allow the bechamel to come to a simmer (it won't gain it's full thickness until it does), stirring occassionally.

While waiting for the sauce to come to a simmer start the pasta. Liberally salt the pot of boiling water, almost to the point it tastes like sea water. This may take a few handfuls of salt . Add the pasta to the water and cook the pasta for a minute or two less than the suggested time on the box.

Once the bechamel has reached a simmer, stir in the chevre, cheddar, 2oz of parmigiano, and truffle oil until all the cheese has melted. Turn off the heat and and taste the sauce for seasoning levels. Season with salt and pepper as necessary. In small mixing bowl, mix together the panko and remaining 2oz of parmigiano reggiano.

Strain the pasta immediately once finished cooking. In a mixing bowl, toss the pasta, cheese sauce, and mushrooms together. Pour the macaroni and cheese into a deep glass or ceramic loaf pan and sprinkle the panko/parmigiano mixture evenly across the top. Bake the mac-n-cheese in the upper part of the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the topping is golden and the cheese sauce is bubbly. Serve hot. Enjoy!

*if you're lucky enough to have a real truffle, feel free to substitute shaved truffle for the truffle oil!

77 comments so far:

  1. Nicole says:

    Wow Tyler I am totally drooling over that photo! Amanda…anxiously awaiting the recipe! I love baked mac n cheese! I usually don’t mess with it too much but my basic recipe includes just a touch of fresh jalapeno. Sometimes I get crazy and add a chipotle chili πŸ˜‰ Actually we made some with leftover ham from Christmas and threw in some peas. That was good. But somehow I think it just doesn’t compare to this dish that has come so close to that elusive five star rating!

  2. DENISE says:

    Oh My Gosh, I am sooo going to try this! I think my little brother will LOVE it so much! I am going to throw all those cans of cheese sauce. I am definitely waiting for the amazing recipe!

  3. Heather says:

    Oh, can you pleeeease send some of that to me! I’m not feeling well, and I know that would make me feel 100% better!

    By the way, everyone at our New Year’s Day party was sucking your edamame and goat cheese dip up with a straw – they LOVED it and so did I (even if you didn’t call me back with my texture question….)!

  4. Amanda says:

    Thanks Nicole! mac and cheese really is the best way to deal with left overs, imho. πŸ™‚ actually, some of my favorite mac&cheese is with chipotle! i seriously think, if it wasn’t SO bad for you, i would make takes on m&c at least once a week… hmm, maybe then i would be sick of it, but in my mind it sounds like a great idea!

    Denise, I hope the recipe works out well for you! let me know how it goes πŸ™‚

    Heather…!!! you called me?!?! i’ll admit it. i’ve not checked my voice mail messages since pre-xmas. πŸ™ i suck. it rocks to hear the dip turned out well though! what was the texture issue? you’re not feeling well? okay, this is turning into an email. i’m gonna email you i swear! i need to know sooo much!

  5. Anne says:

    Ooh, that looks awsome! A *lot* better than my rather bland concoction – I will *so* try this!!

  6. deb says:

    That looks lovely. To date, my favorite version is the lobster mac and cheese prepared by Chef Velie at Juniper, a restaurant in Ridge Spring, South Carolina. More than a little off the beaten path, but well worth the journey.

  7. rachel says:

    That has to be the prettiest mac and cheese ever!

  8. Lannae says:

    If that is not the best Food Porn picture I have ever seen, than I don’t know what is! Looks scrumptious. Check out my mac and cheese, as my finished producte is, well, the opposite of Food Porn!

  9. This looks so damn good…I am going to camp out on your doorstep until you throw me some scraps!

    But let’s be fair to good ol’ Kraft mac n cheese. It’s not gourmet, but it’s still good comfort food.

  10. Stacie says:

    this is my first visit, and I love the conversation/ interview style! Great photos, great food!

  11. Lea says:

    ooooohhh *drool*

    I am totally making this this week… I’m doing a budget grocery week thing (only $20!!).. but I have most of this stuff already! *GRINS* I might modify it a bit but I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  12. Alice Q says:

    I might have to diet for a week just to try that!

  13. Nicole says:

    Oh my god, now that I’ve read the recipe, I truly understand why it got such a high rating! Now I know what to do with the truffle oil I bought in Florence πŸ˜‰ I love the detail of your recipes Amanda! Especially the importance you placed on salting the water! That’s something I’ve learned from living here…you have to REALLy salt the pasta water! It makes all the difference in the world!

  14. […] 7th, 2007 · No Comments If you’ve noticed the long (getting longer every day) list of food blogs I have listed overon my sidebar, then you must understand that I spend quite a bit of time browsing through tons of wonderful recipes on a daily basis. I’ve already run across more great recipes than I could cook in this lifetime. I don’t even have enough time to cook everything that comes from my own head much less try to recreate these other masterpieces! But every once in a while, one of these recipes grabs me and won’t let go! It’s like when you’ve read a wonderful book, seen a film, or heard a piece of music that left you breathless and you have to tell everyone you meet because you want that feeling to spread throughout the world. Ok, now I’m exaggerating a bit (you’re starting to wonder if this post is really about mac and cheese, aren’t you?). But, after reading about Amanda’s Orgasmic Mac ‘n’ Cheese over at What We’re Eating, I can’t stop thinking about it and I had to share it with you. Enjoy! […]

  15. Becky says:

    This looks absolutely amazing, nay, orgasmic!! Beautiful photography too. Love your blog!!

  16. Deb says:

    OMG!!! That looks insane! The photography is gorgeous to….

  17. Veron says:

    Oh my, this is not our typical mac n cheese. It looks so mouthwatering!

  18. Drool. drool. drool.

    I wish I had seen your post before I attempted my (now) pathetic attempt! I even have all those ingredients nearby….I think Mac & Cheese part 2 is going to happen this week for me! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

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  21. aria says:

    delurking to admit to my stalking of this recipe. the link for the site that sells truffles has taken up permanent residence in my browser. i’ll definately work for truffles too. SO expensive i cant believe it. i have to get my hands on some oil one of these days. this m&c is just opulent i can imagine how deicious it is!

  22. Amanda says:

    Thanks Anne! your’s looks pretty darn good, just judging from the recipe. don’t be modest!

    deb, mmmm…. lobster mac-n-cheese! i’ve only had it from one place – actually tyler ordered it and i just snuck bites! πŸ™‚ from a restaurant called terra in san diego. in concept it sounds awesome, but they managed to WAY over salt it, imho πŸ™‚ it’s ashame i can’t just jet-set over to south carolina and give Juniper’s a try!

    Why thank you, rachel! it really was kind of hard to make it look nice… we definately took lots of photos from all kinds of angles!

    thanks, lannae! your’s actually sounds really good… i just love blue cheese anyway it comes… it’s just the blue pasta that makes it looks a bit scary! good for school spirit, maybe not so good for food porn πŸ˜‰

    aw, michelle, you don’t have to camp out front! we’ll dry by your apartment and chuck some out the car window as we drive by. that way you don’t even need to travel to get some πŸ˜› j/k! but seriously, went the hell are we doing lunch? next weekend? (and i agree, sometimes the blue box is what i’m looking for – off the record of course!)

    Thanks Stacie! your mac&cheese is definately oooey, gooey food pornalicious too. i dig the creaminess of the dish….damn all this mac and cheese! i can’t calorically afford to keep looking at photo after decadent photo!

    awesome, lea! i’m sure it will turn out great. you tend to pull off most recipes very well! since i put in my two weeks notice at my current job (and have no other job lined up), tyler and i are supposed to be on a budget right now too…. but… uh… that’s not really been working out for us too well πŸ˜›

    no joke, alice! or just eat like, two bites of it. that problem with that is, that it just tastes so damn good it’s hard to just eat two bites!

    ooooh! truffle oil from florence! i don’t know why, but that just sounds like it would be soooo much better than my truffle oil from.. uh… whole foods! πŸ˜› thanks soooo much for the write up, too! coming from you it definately means a lot!

    thanks becky! i happen to have been drooling over your roasted duck for a couple weeks now! i think i’m actually going to make a roasted chicken in a couple days just because of it…(wish i could afford the duck)

    thanks deb! it camera really does all the work πŸ˜‰ we are really very lucky to have a digital slr with a macro lens!

    veron, thanks! i have to admit, it was your absolutely gorgeous kitchen that made us first realize there was a kitchen event going on. i’ll admit it… your kitchen makes me positively weak in the knees!

    oh sarah! i don’t think you’re looks like a pathetic attempt at all! i think it looks quite tasty… just more traditional. and let me tell you, there isn’t a damn thing wrong with traditional mac&cheese in my book!

    aria, perhaps we can find a little gourmet shop in between san diego and santa monica so we can join forces and both go beg the shop for work… surely they would love two fabulous women willing to work for truffles, no? who could deny us if we combined our wiles πŸ˜›

  23. Maegan says:

    So this is the dish that makes the email go ’round, eh? Sounds darn tootin’ de-lish, sis! Might even have to whip some up myself. I’ve got two bottles of white truffle oil wasting away in the cabinet and this seems a perfect use. Can’t wait to dig in…wanna make me some when you come to visit?

  24. Amanda says:

    maegan, darn tootin’? geez! you’re going to give off the impression we were raised in BFE and we’re some kind of hillbillies! πŸ˜‰ you could always just ship me one of those bottles of white truffle oil. i can promise you it wouldn’t go to waste!

  25. Roxann says:

    i think that looks delicious,i mite just come for some later…………nahhhh.

  26. Roxann says:

    u know i am making some now

  27. […] This recipe is influenced, of course, by others: The one from The Joy of Cooking (1997 edition), Sarah Gim’s liveblog “Macaroni & Cheese from Scratch,” Married …with dinner’s “Smackdown and cheese” (Hi Anita!), and What we’re eating’s “Orgasmic Mac’n’Cheese.” Broccoli or leafy veggies complement this dish quite well. […]

  28. […] This recipe was inspired by our friends at whatwereeating.com.  We had to make some changes, however, because we couldn’t find all of the ingredients in the original recipe.  So, here is our version which turned out absolutely wonderful and easy to make!  The kids had seconds and thirds!  We served ours with freshly steamed green beans. […]

  29. arfi says:

    it looks really tempting. the melting cheese and crispy bread…yum!!

  30. Jason says:

    Do you know what type of wine would pair well with this? I was thinking a young Australian Shiraz?

  31. Megan says:

    I just wanted to let you know that I made this recipe for a casserole contest, and it was named “Most Pretentious Casserole” by the judging panel – high praise indeed! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  32. Hal says:

    Hi all and thanks for the recipe. I an new to the kitchen and cooking and when I was asked to bring Mac n Cheese to a house-warming party this Saturday, someone smirked and said to expect Stouffer’s! The nerve! πŸ™‚ So inspired by Top Chef and the picture above, I’m going to give it a shot. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Thanks again!

  33. foodplow says:

    Terrific! My changes were not mixing the cheese with the panko and using regular chevre instead of herbed. This was a hit at the BBQ. It was a hit since I had none left over and even mushroom haters were eating it. I think I can do different variations of the recipe by using different brands of the three cheese listed and something other than supermarket brand pasta.

  34. Lea says:

    Just letting you know… I’m making this again this weekend for a party! πŸ˜€ this time I’m goin all out with the shitake, panko and truffle oil! πŸ˜‰ No corners for me this time!

  35. GEORGE says:


  36. Jill says:

    I’m making this tonight. Can’t wait!!!! My mouth is watering at the thought!!!

  37. wendy says:

    man i’ve been dreaming about this mac and cheese since last month when i first read this post! unfortunately i’m in china and don’t have an oven!

  38. Lara says:

    Oh my god, this looks incredible. I’m a teensy bit intimidated by all the ingredients and fancy-cooking-y parts to it, but damn if I’m not tempted to try this. YUM.

  39. Apryln says:

    Just wanted to share with fellow food enthusiasts this really cool, really easy-to-use tool that’s a fun way to share online recipes. Instead of sending someone a bunch of links to your favorite recipes, you can instead create an audio tour of online recipes. I just did a test about Mac N Cheese recipes, including this site:


    But I was thinking that this year for Thanksgiving I could send my mom our dinner menu this way.

  40. […] I’m back in the library (I’ve decided I’m a really a citizen of the libraries of New York City), but we had a nice weekend, watching Lars and the Real Girl, cooking tasty mac and cheese with wild mushrooms and TRUFFLE oil (so fancy!) and catching up with an old, dear friend in town from Germany. […]

  41. This is SO SO good. Love your blog.

  42. Phlytyer says:


    Yesterday I went out wading the web in search of mac and cheese recipes. As an Alton Brown addict, I knew I wanted one with a bechamel base. Found this one and had to try it.

    **** O U T S T A N D I N I N G !!! ****

    Made few of my own tweeks…didn’t have any truffle oil for one and since it called for some bacon fat, I browned 1/2# of chopped bacon for it. SWMBO duly impressed.

    Thanks for a great recipe.

  43. Rae says:

    I just made this today. My husband requested Mac and Cheese for his birthday dinner. I searched and searched for a unique recipe and this one caught my eye.

    Only things I had to substitute: used red wine vinegar instead of sherry vinegar and baby bella mushrooms instead of crimini (couldn’t find either one).

    It turned out FANTASTIC!!!
    Thank you for providing this recipe. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!

  44. Amanda says:

    That’s awesome Phyltyer! i love to hear peoples reviews… and there is NO way a 1/2# of bacon could make anything bad.

    rae, thank you so much for coming back and leaving us a comment! you know, baby bella’s are just another name for criminis! so you only really substituted the vinegar which probably didn’t change the flavors too much! again, i’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  45. Julia says:

    Oh. My. God.

    If I were going to be stranded on a dessert island, this is what I’d bring with me. Fine, fine work. My husband and I check back regularly for new recipes.

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  47. Josh says:

    I made this recipe for Thanksgiving dinner. I used about 1/3 of a smallish black truffle in lieu of truffle oil. While it was delicious (it was! very!) it wasn’t nearly so gooey as the pictures look. I wonder what happened? The only thing I can think is, I was baking it alongside a roast pork loin, so it was in the oven a little longer than recommended, at 325. Maybe that did it? Still – delicious. So mushroomy! *Drool*

  48. Vickie says:

    the word “orgasmic” was what sold me on the recipe. i had to try it for thanksgiving this year, and i have to say…all the old ladies and gentlemen at the table came alive after taking their first bites, haha. everyone claimed it was the best dish of the night. thanks amanda!

  49. Shannon says:


  50. […] made it mostly as I saw it in the What We’re Eating blog. (They went so far as to call it “orgasmic”. ) But I used 2-percent milk (because […]

  51. Ronald Blankenship says:

    Thank you for this recipe! I needed a covered dish to “knock people’s socks off” and this did it! I have printed it and added it to my recipe box!

  52. Barbara says:

    This looks outrageous! How many servings does it make? I’m thinking of serving it as a side to my Thanksgiving turkey instead of boring mashed potatoes.

  53. Amanda says:

    Hi Barbara, it makes about 5-8 servings depending on how hungry the eaters are!

  54. Kate says:

    This looks AMAZING! I am thinking of making it for my holiday party. Do you think I can make any of it ahead of time? Could I make the whole thing the night before, refrigerate, and then throw in the oven on the night of? I am all about ease on the day-of πŸ™‚

  55. Amanda says:

    I think so, Kate. I would just toss the hot pasta with a little oil as soon as you drain it so it doesn’t stick together then let it cool before you add it to the cheese sauce. If you add it to the cheese sauce when it’s still hot it’s going to absorb all the liquid then when you go to bake it the next day it’s going to dry out even more. Anyway, cooling pasta before adding it to the sauce should keep it nice and creamy. πŸ™‚

  56. Kate says:

    Thanks Amanda! We’ll see if I can be organized enough to make it on the day-of, if not, I’ll give the night before a shot. I’ll let you know how it comes out πŸ™‚

  57. Oanh says:

    Delicious recipe! However, when I made it, it came out a bit dry – I think I kept it in the oven too long trying to get the top brown. πŸ™

  58. Megan says:

    If I make it a few hours ahead of my party do i still add the bread crumbs or wait until right before I pop it in the oven?

  59. ccjackso says:

    yummy… making it tonight

  60. Flapper says:

    I truly want to lick the screen. This looks beyond delicious…it looks decadent *grin*

  61. KBB says:

    We made this for dinner last night and we loved it. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe.

  62. So, I’ve made this dish about 5 times now and it’s bookmarked on my phone so I can easily pick up the ingredients. It may be partially responsible for my current relationship (my girlfriend agrees) and has impressed numerous others. So, thank you! This is my favorite recipe.

    In playing around with smoked flavours recently, we found one addition that we think really adds to it: ?ΒΌtsp of smoked salt in place of the regular salt. The smoky flavour compliments the earthyness of the mushrooms, bringing the cheesey bits and the mushroomy bits closer together (in our opinion).

  63. Truffle Salt says:

    Oh my god, that looks so creamy and crunchy and delicious. Deglazing with sherry is really smart– I bet that adds some wonderful flavor. I love the interview too, great!

    I have to say though– most truffle oil is artificial!! They often put little bits of truffle but use a chemical for the flavor. You can confirm it on Wiki! I say go with truffle salt. (Be sure to add it after all the cooking, which might be a little difficult with mac and cheese, so for this recipe I would add it to the cheese sauce when you’re done cooking it)

  64. anthony says:

    What’s a Shitake mushroom? Is it in the Shiitake family?

  65. Shelly says:

    Oh man I’m hungry!

  66. Jen says:

    This recipe was absolutely amazing. We’re hanging my jersey from the rafters and I’m retiring from the kitchen.

  67. Matt Kay says:

    Awesome! I was just surfing around looking for inspiration for an exotic mushroom contest I’ve entered and I stumbled across this recipe. I love how you put a spin on mac and cheese but didn’t stop there. πŸ˜€

    The herbs, the different cheese, the truffle oil and then you put panko on top?! You rock.

    I’ll probably end up doing a homemade pizza for my contest but I’m bookmarking this page for later.

    Matt Kay

  68. ripster says:

    i’ve become semi obsessed with mac ‘n cheese recipes the past few years and have tried to get away from the ordinary elbow mac for these recipes, ive tried this recipe using campenelle pasta. certain pasta shapes lend themselves to certain sauces and certainly lend a nicer presentation as a finished product. ive also reduced the cooking time of the pasta to the point of partially uncooked,( well short of al dente`), as the pasta will continue cooking while being baked.

  69. Karen says:

    I stumbled upon this recipe while looking for something to bring to my gourmet dinner club’s potluck a couple of weeks ago. I have made it twice more since then, and keep getting asked to make it more. It’s a new fave among friends and family! Thank you for such a wonderful twist on an old recipe–it’s so divine!

  70. Rebecca says:

    My beagle would eat leftover beef stew and lick the peas clean. What a hoot

  71. saffron says:

    what kind of flour is best for a roux? thank you so much!

  72. YLP says:

    I would like to bring this to a dinner party but would need to make it the day before and reheat it the following evening. Is that doeable or am I going to ruin it?

  73. Amanda says:

    day old mac and cheese is DEFINITELY not nearly as good as when it’s freshly made. I’d say you’re gonna lose about 40% of the awesomeness making this the day before. The noodles will absorb all the cheese sauce and once the sauce coagulates it will melt differently reheated and change the texture. it’ll still be good, but it won’t be orgasmic! πŸ™‚

  74. Lisa Thompson says:

    Delilsh! Made this last night. I used 12 oz of Gouda instead of 10 oz and topped it with a mixture of grated romano/parm and panko bread crumb. This gave it a nice crust. πŸ™‚ Glad I found this! Thanks πŸ™‚

  75. Jen says:

    made it…added a 1/2 onion (carmamelized it), and sauted a couple handfuls of spinach to add…oh my!! Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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