Mac & Cheese - Noodles and Co. Style

"Noodles & Co Style Mac & cheese...The fun part is everyone mixing like crazy before we eat it."
photo by Wendelina photo by Wendelina
photo by Wendelina
photo by Brennan S. photo by Brennan S.
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  • Cook the macaroni according to the directions to al dente; do not overcook!
  • Heat a sauce pan over medium heat.  Add the butter to the pan and melt.  Then add the flour. Start to whisk and make a roux.Whisk until the butter mixture starts to boil and bubble. Cook for another minute until it starts to lightly brown.
  • Slowly whisk in the cream. Continue to whisk and cook until it starts to thicken up.
  • Add the salt, pepper, paprika and Monterey Jack cheese. Whisk until the cheese is melted. The sauce will still be a little "liquidy".
  • Pour about 1/2 cup of the cheese sauce into the bottom of a bowl.  Then add about 1 cup of cooked noodles over the sauce.Top this with about 1/2 c of the shredded colby jack. Top with fresh parsley for color. Before you eat; mix it all together in your bowl into delicious perfection.
  • We keep the extra cheese sauce for quick leftovers over fresh noodles or vegetables.

Questions & Replies

  1. If I were to take this to a party what would be the best plan? Make the whole thing and take it? Or keep the parts separate and heat it when I get there? Thanks for your help!
  2. I want to make this for a memorial for my nephew. He loved noodles M&C, I have to make it for 200 people. Do you know if I made the sauce the day before it would reheat well? or would it be better to make the whole thing and reheat it?


  1. I have been looking for a good mac and cheese recipe, and this one is perfect! The sauce has great texture, smooth, cheesy but not stringy. I served the extra cheese on the side and we really didn't need it, the sauce alone was so delicious. My son loves noodles and co and thought this was even better. Thank you Windelina!
  2. Delicious!!! It's so easy to make and tastes amazing. It's great with chili on top too, just like the chili mac they have a noodles and co. You may want to cut back the cheese sauce recipe a little thought, it makes a lot! Tons of left overs. Overall, definitely a favorite.
  3. This is a good tasting Mac-N-Cheese but the texture is not the same as Noodle N Co. This recipe is to floury in flavour and texture. I'm looking for a creamy texture.
  4. Just made it and it was a keeper, Family loved it. I added steak which is something I normally get when I go to noodles and company.
    • Review photo by Brennan S.
  5. My daughter's favorite (and mine)! I've started using gluten free noodles (Barilla's are great) and gluten free all purpose flour for our celiac family member, and it's still awesome. Definitely the best gluten-free mac & cheese ever!


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