INGREDIENTS

  • 16oz of sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/3 cup of chopped shallot
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup of cognac
  • 6 tablespoons or 3oz of black truffle butter
  • 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
  • 4 cups of whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 8oz of grated gouda
  • 8oz of swiss cheese grated
  • 8oz sharp white cheddar
  • 1 pound of pasta used cavatappi
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • INGREDIENTS FOR PANKO TOPPING
  • 1 1/2 cups of panko plain
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • 1. In a saute pan on a medium heat with olive oil add the mushrooms, shallot, thyme, salt and pepper. Saute for 5 minutes. Then add the cognac and cook for 1 minute until alcohol is absorbed then remove mushroom mixture from pan and place in a large bowl.
  • 2. In a separate pot add milk and heat until just a boil but not to a boil just hot milk.
  • 3. In a 4 quart pot on low heat, add truffle butter and let melt and slowly whisk in the flour keep whisking for 2 minutes until flour taste is cooked out.
  • 4. Slowly add the hot milk to the butter flour mixture constantly whisking until all the milk has been added. Cook on low for 2 minutes. This bechamel sauce will thicken up but constantly keep whisking the sauce. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper to the bechamel.
  • 5. Turn the bechamel sauce off and immediately combine all the grated cheeses to the bechamel. Stir the sauce and all the cheeses will melt into one thick cheesy sauce.
  • 6. The pasta should be ready and cooked at the same time your bechamel sauce is done. Under cook your pasta by 1 minute because it will cook further in the oven.
  • 7. In one large bowl combine mushrooms, pasta and bechamel. Stir to incorporate.
  • 8. Place olive oil and garlic in a nonstick pan. Bring to a medium heat and cook the garlic for 1 minute. Add the panko, salt and pepper and cook for 2 minutes until slightly browned.
  • 9. Add the mac & cheese to your favorite baking pan top with crunchy browned panko and bake on 375 degrees for 30 minutes until cheese is bubbling and panko is browned.

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