Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mac and Cheese-not quite like Noodles and Company

We love Noodles and Company's Wisconsin Mac and Cheese! It is creamy and has just the right amount of cheesy goodness :) Due to me not having a job and trying to save money to someday buy a house, we've been limiting going out to eat.  Last week I was craving mac and cheese, and the powdered cheese mix just couldn't cut it.  I googled Noodles and Company's Mac and Cheese recipe and I found some that claimed they were similar.  Trying to go off of memory and the recipes we found, we ended up with a slightly cheesier and thicker version but it still satisfied my craving. I have some ideas on how to adjust it to make it closer to the coveted Mac and Cheese from Noodles and Company, but until I feel the need to experiment this version will suffice :)

Close to but not quite-Noodles and Company's Mac and Cheese

  • 1 1/3 Cups Elbow Macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 3/4 cup canned vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups (packed) Colby Jack Cheese
Cook macaroni in medium saucepan of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite. Drain.
Melt butter in medium saucepan.  Add flour butter; whisk over medium heat 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk and broth. Bring to boil, whisking constantly. Whisk 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat. Add cheese; stir until melted.   Mix macaroni with cheese sauce and serve

* I dumped the macaroni and cheese into a glass pie dish, and sprinkled bread crumbs on top.  Then placed it under the broiler until the crumbs were golden brown.  It added a little crunch to it.


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