Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese

If I had to pick one food to live on for the rest of my life, it would be Mac and Cheese. There is something so comforting and happy about a big bowl of Mac N' Cheese. I have tried this dish in just about every restaurant  around us that serves it and Noodles & Co has one of my favorite versions. I just had to keep tweaking my homemade version until it was just right. I think the best part of this recipe is stirring in the cheese!

You will need:

  • 1 lb of macaroni noodles
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 and a half cups whole milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika 
  • 2 cups Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup Colby Jack Cheese
Cook the noodles according to the package direction. Over medium heat, add the the butter to the pan and melt. After the butter is melted, whisk in the flour. Cook your roux until in bubbles and browns, whisking the whole time. 

Add the milk, whisking until the mixture starts to bubble and thicken up. Whisk the Monterrey Jack Cheese and paprika into the mixture and whisk until melted in. Place about half a cup of cheese sauce in the bottom of a bowl. Add a layer of noddles and then a handful of Colby Jack Cheese on top. Salt and Pepper to taste. 

I don't always want to make a full recipe of this, because often it is just my baby and I eating it for lunch, so I will half the recipe with 1 tablespoon of flour, 1 tablespoon of butter and 3/4 a cup of milk. It is a perfect serving for me and a little one. If I don't have Monterrey Jack on hand, I will use Colby Jack for both cheese ingredients and it is just as delicious. 

How do you like your Mac N' Cheese? 

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17 comments:

ana de jesus said...

I love mac and cheese but sadly it irritates my hernia so I can't have it as much as I used to which is a shame.

Jaclyn Kent said...

I love making at-home mac&cheese!! I'll have to try colby jack next time!

Molly O'Connor said...

Oh yum! When I head home after this semester ends I'll have to have my mom make this! I always love a good four cheese mac n cheese

Hi, I'm Susannah! said...

Oh yum! I'll definitely have to try this. I love homemade mac and cheese!

Wee BlackCat said...

ooh, the paprika sounds like the perfect addition -- going to try i t soon!

Anonymous said...

Mac and cheese is a big thing in our house, but I hate buying the packet ones. I never really know what's in them. Thanks for this. Sarah

Tara Settembre said...

Nothing better than Mac and Cheese! Looks yummy, thanks for the recipe.

Roxanne Ferber said...

You just can't go wrong with good ol' mac and cheese! In my house it's a staple!

Stacey D said...

I love mac and cheese and I am so lucky that my hubby makes an amazing version!

Jen K said...

Oh my! My littlest would love this. He is a mac and cheese fanatic. And now I'm hungry :)

Ourfamilyworld said...

I'll have to give your recipe a try. My family loves mac and cheese.

The Cuteness said...

I don't think I've ever met a mac n cheese I didn't like. This look sooo good!

Janet Krugel said...

I've never heard of Noodles and Co, but it seems like a place I want to visit. This recipe looks so good!

Blanca F. said...

I love mac and cheese and I love making it myself instead of buying the box kind. I have done a couple of different recipes variations and would love to try yours...it looks very delicious l :D

nicole said...

I love Mac and Cheese! yum.

Rose @ Walnut Acre said...

I think my daughter would agree with you - macaroni and cheese is her favorite food. This recipe looks delicious.

Sydney Andersen said...

I LOVE Noodles & Co Mac'n'Cheese and can not wait to try this recipe! It is on my next meal plan! Thanks so much for sharing at the Dream. Create. Inspire. Link. I've pinned this recipe and shared on FB. I hope you will join us again tomorrow night!

 
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