This gourmet twist on classic mac and cheese is sure to impress your guests thanks to the addition of a noble ingredient – black truffle. This recipe is simple and quick to make but will surprise your guests thanks to its originality.
Step 1: Sauce
Cut the ham and cheese into a very small dice. Peel, wash, and mince the scallions. Set aside. Drain the contents of the can of truffle shavings in a strainer set over a bowl, reserving the canning liquid. Cut the butter into pieces and melt it in a small pot. Add the truffle shavings and sweat 1 minute. Add the cognac and the port, stir, and reduce by half. Add the truffle liquid, the reserved truffles, and the minced scallions. Season to taste and set aside in a warm place.
Step 2: Macaroni
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook 10 to 15 minutes. Check the doneness of the pasta by tasting.
Step 3: Finishing and Plating
Drain the macaroni and return them to the pat. Add the truffle butter and half of the diced ham and cheese. Mix well to combine. Season to taste and place into a warmed serving dish. Sprinkle the rest of the ham and cheese over the top and serve immediately.
Alain Ducasse’s Tip
This play on a childhood classic is dressed up nicely but remains affordable: canned truffle peelings aren’t too expensive. Make sure that the serving dish is nice and hot.
Paule Neyrat, Nutritionist
The alcohol from the cognac and the port will cook off, so you can serve this dish to children, too. This is a great way to introduce them to new flavors with a balanced dish combining carbs, protein, and calcium.
This recipe comes from the book "Nature, simple, sain et bon" by Éditions Alain Ducasse.
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