You will find many recipes online claiming to be a quick, shortcut to everyone’s favourite Italian dish, mac n cheese. But these recipes work as a quick fix. If you want to cook five-star restaurant-like mac n cheese like a real chef you have come to right place. Cook this recipe with Short Ribs and Truffle for a twist in taste. Serve this finger-licking Deluxe Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Short Ribs and Truffle to your loved ones and they’ll enjoy every single bite of it.

Mac and cheese's origins may very well be traced to Italy, which is known for its exquisite cuisine. Food historians consider the de lasanis recipe found in the Italian cookbook "Liber de Coquina," or "Book of Cooking," from the 13th century to be the origin of macaroni and cheese. According to de lasanis sheet pasta should be 2-inch squares, cooked in water and tossed with grated cheese, preferably Parmesan. Macaroni and cheese gained popularity in Europe after that. At New England church suppers in colonial America, casseroles like modern-day mac and cheese were served. These meals likely came from recipes passed down from English ancestors. Before the Industrial Revolution, when it became simpler to produce pasta, the meal was largely a treat for the upper classes. So, everyone has their own favourite variation of the meal even though no cook can claim to have invented the traditional macaroni and cheese recipe.

Ingredients

    1 short rib

    2 tablespoon vegetable oil

    2 cups beef stock

    2 cloves garlic

    2 sprigs of thyme

    ½ stick butter

    ¼ cup flour

    1 cup milk

    ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

    1 cup gruyere, grated

    ½ Parmesan, grated, plus a handful to top

    3 cups cavatappi pasta, cooked al dente

    ½ cup fresh breadcrumbs

    Small handful parsley

    Small handful thyme

    ½ tablespoon salt

    1 tablespoon olive oil

    Black truffle, to serve

Method

    Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.

    Heat oil in a pan and cook the short ribs till brown.

    Transfer to an oven dish and add stock, thyme and garlic. Tightly seal the dish with aluminium foil and cook for 4 hours. Then remove the foil in the last 20 minutes.

    Preheat the oven to broil. Grease another baking dish.

    Melt butter in a pan. Add flour and cook for one minute while continuously stirring.

    Gradually add the milk and stir to avoid lumps. Add a good amount of black pepper, grated Gruyere and Parmesan. Cook till the cheese is melted then turn off the heat.

    Add cooked pasta. Remove the meat from the short rib before adding it to the pan. Mix it all together.

    Put breadcrumbs, parsley, thyme, salt and olive oil into a food processor. Pulse a few times till everything is mixed thoroughly.

    Transfer the macaroni to the greased baking and sprinkle parmesan and breadcrumbs mixture on the top.

    Grill for 5 to 10 minutes until it's golden brown. Leave to rest for a few minutes.

    Shave truffle on the top before serving.

The Yummiest mac ‘n’ cheese is ready to serve. Bon Appetit!