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Pumpkin Truffle Bacon Mac & Cheese

by Suzie Bellomo on September 26, 2023

Pumpkin Truffle Bacon Mac & Cheese


This Pumpkin Truffle Bacon Mac and Cheese is our kitchen's newest guilty pleasure. The comforting, savory, cheesy, and familiar tastes, with a dash of pepperiness from our  Il Fusti Truffle Olive Oil, make it the perfect serving for cold days. Why not try this recipe for yourself?




3 tbsp. Il Fusti Truffle Olive Oil 

1/2 c.  whole sage leaves, plus 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh sage leaves 

3/4 lb. short pasta, such as shells 

1 tsp. Kosher Salt 

2 tbsp. butter

2 tbsp. flour 

2 c. milk 

1 (15-oz) can pure pumpkin puree  

2 c. gruyere cheese, shredded 




  • In a small skillet, heat Il Fusti Truffle Olive Oil . Add sage leaves and cook, stirring a few times, until crisp, about 30 seconds. Remove sage to a paper-towel-lined plate.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium pot of boiling salted water, boil pasta until al dente, per package instructions.
  • Return the empty pot to medium heat and melt butter. Add flour and finely chopped sage and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in milk and pumpkin puree. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring, until sauce thickens about 4 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add the cheese a handful at a time, stirring to combine. Season with salt. Add pasta to cheese sauce and stir to coat. Top with crispy sage leaves and serve.

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