Easy Recipe: Truffle Artichoke Mac n’ Cheese with Almonds

truffle artichoke mac n cheesePossibly the easiest recipe I’ve come up with… there’s not even any onions! It’s flavorful, crunchy, & cheesy! Not exactly healthy, but a nice way to treat yourself 🙂

What you need:

* bow tie pasta

* raw almonds

* olive oil

* truffle oil

* Mozzarella (shredded)

* frozen artichoke hearts

* dried basil

* smoked paprika

* garlic salt

* garlic

Prep:

* thaw the artichokes (I pour very hot water over them and let them sit a couple times)

* boil the pasta

* break the artichoke hearts apart a little (so that they’re not all bunched together)

TO DO:

* finely chop the garlic

* pour some olive oil in a pan

* when the pan is hot (ONLY when pan is hot), put garlic in and stir so that the garlic is equally covered in the oil

* 30-60 seconds later, with the pan still hot, dump the artichoke hearts and stir so everything is equal

**Keep the pan hot you want to sear the artichokes, but make sure not to burn them (you can slowly turn down the heat to see what fits best)

* once the artichokes are nice and seared, add some truffle oil (a little goes a long way with this stuff, be careful) and mix

* add cooked/drained pasta and stir evenly (keeping the pan hot to give a little crisp to the pasta as well)

* once the pasta has been sizzled a bit (3-4 minutes), turn off heat and add shredded cheese, almonds, and seasoning.

— All is done once the cheese has melted. Portions are to your own discretion– I like more artichokes than pasta, and a good amount of cheese. Don’t be stingy with the seasoning or almonds either.

 

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