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Copycat Wisconsin Mac and Cheese

This Wisconsin Mac & Cheese is a traditional comfort food copycat recipe. Just like the one at Noodles and Co, but made at home.
Course: Main Course
Keyword: CopyCat Recipe, Dinner, Food, Pasta, Recipe


  • Large Pot
  • Noodle Strainer


  • 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.