Truffled Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

2 cups butternut squash peeled, cubed in 1″ pieces

1 pound dry trottole or macaroni pasta

2 cups shredded gruyere cheese

2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese

1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese

3 cups milk

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup flour

1+ 4 tablespoons Garlic Olive Oil

1 tablespoon Black or White Truffle Olive Oil

1 large shallot finely minced

2 teaspoons salt

Freshly ground pepper to taste

 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Grease a 13″ x 9″ baking dish with 1 tablespoon garlic olive oil.

Place the butternut squash in a large sauce pot of hot water and bring to a simmer.  Simmer for approximately 15 minutes or until the squash is fork tender.  Drain and reserve.

Bring a large stock pot of salted water to a full boil.  Add the pasta to aand cook according to the package instructions to al dente.

In a large stock pot, heat the remaining garlic olive oil over medium heat.  Add the shallot and saute for about 2 minutes until they just begin to turn golden.  Add the flour and whisk to blend thoroughly for about one minute, stirring constantly.  Slowly pour the milk into the flour roux, whisking constantly.  Add the cream and continue whisking until thickened.

Take 1 cup of the bechamel (white sauce) from the pot and add it to a blender or food processor with the butternut squash. Process until smooth.  Add the butternut squash mixture back into the pot with the rest of the bechamel. And whisk to combine. 

 

Add all of the cheese to the bechamel, reserving 1 cup of guyere cheese for the topping.  Stir to melt and combine.  Taste for seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper if desired.

Add the truffle oil and the pasta.  Mix well and pour into the prepared baking dish.  Top with the reserved cheese and bake for 25 minutes until the top is golden brown and the pasta bubbly.

Serves 6-8