Bacon and Truffle Oil Macaroni and Cheese

March 3, 2013 by Ali

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The bacon and truffle oil love continues!

I actually made this recipe about a month ago, before I posted my Potato Soup with Bacon and Truffle Oil, but just finally got around to sharing it. But once again, the bacon and truffle oil combination totally kicked one of my favorite recipes up a notch. I loved it! The subtle undertones of the truffle oil and the smoky, salty crunch of the bacon paired perfectly with the creamy mac and cheese. And while I chose to make this version stovetop, you could also easily sprinkle it with some breadcrumbs and pop it in the oven for an extra-delicious baked version.

Of course, one thing I’m excited to share about¬†this particular mac and cheese is that I made it with a healthy pasta I was recently introduced to — Dreamfields Pasta. This pasta is seriously delicious and has the flavor and texture of classic pasta, yet it has fewer digestible carbs, about the same high fiber as whole-wheat pasta, and it can help you manage your blood sugar. It has definitely become my new favorite pasta — I love it!!!

So I’m excited that Dreamfields is going to be giving one lucky Gimme Some Oven reader an entire case (12 boxes!) of Dreamfields long-strand pasta to enjoy! Be sure to enter the giveaway below (underneath the recipe in the Rafflecopter box). And then you can also read more all about what makes their pasta healthy and delicious on their website.

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Bacon and Truffle Oil Macaroni and Cheese

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 2-4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. Dreamfields elbow macaroni, cooked al dente according to package directions
  • 8 strips bacon
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (12-ounce) can 2% evaporated milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 8 oz. freshly-grated sharp or smoked white cheddar cheese (do not buy pre-shredded cheese)
  • 1/4 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish
  • 3 Tbsp. truffle oil

Method

While the pasta water is heating in a large stockpot, cook the bacon in a large skillet over high heat until crispy. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside, reserving the bacon grease. Crumble the bacon once it has cooled.

Return 1 tablespoon bacon grease to the skillet, and lower heat to medium-high. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes, or until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute until fragrant. Remove from heat.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the evaporated milk, egg, salt, pepper, smoked paprika and cayenne until combined. Once the pasta is ready and has been drained, immediately stir in the evaporated milk mixture until combined. Continue cooking over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5-8 minutes, or until the sauce comes to a simmer.

Remove pan from heat and stir in the grated cheddar and Parmesan until melted. Then gently stir in the truffle oil and half of the crumbled bacon.

Serve immediately, topped with the remaining crumbled bacon and additional Parmesan.

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This giveaway has been sponsored by Dreamfields, but all opinions are 100% my own as always. This post also contained affiliate links.

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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20 thoughts on “Bacon and Truffle Oil Macaroni and Cheese

  1. I made this for dinner last night and it was SO GOOD. But. I only used one tablespoon of truffle oil – I have heard lots of reviews on it, it is very potent, too much is a bad thing, you only need a few drops, etc. So I erred on the side of caution and only used 1tbsp, taste-tested one piece of pasta and was fully hit by the truffle oil flavour. It was DELICIOUS, but I could easily see it becoming gross if using all 3 tablespoons! Additionally, I used an entire box of pasta, not just 8oz, and it was still very powerful.

    - Whitney

  2. what a great giveaway. Thanks

    - Cid

  3. This sounds so good, my mouth is watering just looking at it!

    - Melissa

  4. This looks amazing! I have used Dreamfields pasta before and it’s great. My kids don’t like the taste of the whole wheat pastas. Dreamfields is a great alternative. I’m a fellow KC blogger and found you through a friend. I love your blog!

    - Dawn@Joyfulscribblings

  5. I love the addition of truffle oil!!I can only imagine how good this is!

    - Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats

  6. Oh my gosh, this sounds delicious! And I am definitely trying your method for making the cheesy sauce… for some reason when I make it in a pot, something bad happens. And for as much as my husband and I love mac & cheese, its the worst dish for me never to get right!

    - Alley @ Alley's Recipe Book

  7. Deliciousness!

    - Amanda

  8. Oh woe is me and my college-student budget. Otherwise – I’d be all over this truffle oil bacon mac and cheese amazingness. Holy cow that looks unbelievably good :D

    - Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

  9. This is totally my kind of pasta. YUM!

    - carrian

  10. What kind of truffle oil did you use !? If my memory serves me right, there is black and white truffle oil !

    - Kim

  11. Yummmmmm

    - Linda e

  12. You had me at bacon and truffle. I would die for this pasta!

    - Audra | The Baker Chick

  13. My husband would go GAGA over this pasta. Yummmmm!

    - Caroline @ chocolate & carrots

  14. This sounds ridiculously amazing!!! Going to definitely try this sometime this week. Dreamfields is definitely the best, I agree!

    - Little Kitchie

  15. Oh my goodness – you had me at truffle oil! And you know I love Dreamfield’s pasta. After Mixed, I’ve been hooked!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  16. This looks really delicious!

    - Bree Courtney