I love Noodles and Company. Every chance I get, I go there to eat. However, since I have moved the closest one is 20 minutes away. My favorite dish is their Wisconsin Mac and Cheese. It is a fun dish where there is a cheesy sauce in the bottom of the bowl. Then it is topped with macaroni noodles. Then to finish it off it is topped with cheese. At your table you mix it all together to make a great mac and cheese. After a few iterations I have found a suitable substitute.
Wisconsin Mac and Cheese
- 1/2 lb macaroni
- 2 tbs butter
- 2 tbs flour
- 2 cup whole milk
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 2 cups Monterey jack cheese, shredded
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar/jack or Colby/jack cheese
Boil the Noodles
Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the macaroni according to the directions on the box. Make sure to cook it to al dente.
The Cheese Sauce
Heat a sauce pan over medium heat. Add the butter to the pan and melt. Then add the flour. Start to whisk to make a roux.
Whisk until the butter mixture starts to boil and foam. Then cook for another minute until it starts to lightly turn brown.
Slowly mix in the whole milk. Continue to whisk and cook until it starts to thicken.
Then add the salt, pepper, paprika and Monterey Jack cheese. Whisk until the cheese is fully melted.
The sauce will not be too thick. This is perfect.
Pour 1/2 cup of the cheese sauce into the bottom of a bowl. Then add 1 – 1 1/2 cups of cooked noodles to the bowl.
Then top with 1/2 cup of shredded Cheddar/jack or Colby/jack cheese.
To eat mix the cheese, macaroni and cheese sauce together.
The shredded Cheddar/jack or Colby/jack cheese will melt right into the mixture and make a perfect mac and cheese.