Mac & Cheese

15mar/11

Tessa’s Tips: March

Hi Everyone! My name is Tessa Stamper and I’m the chef at Noodles & Company. I’m back this month to talk with you about adding new twists to comfort food classics. Last month was all about pasta and eating heart healthy but now it’s time to talk about a little indulgence- after all its all about balance! Comfort food is all the rage in fine dining restaurants these days and macaroni and cheese is leading the way. Some of my favorite spins to this classic dish are below.

 

 

 

 

Noodles & Company Chef, Tessa Stamper

Louisiana-Style

Start with a classic bowl of macaroni and cheese. Give your favorite tomato sauce a kick by stirring in a Cajun spice mix. Toss in cooked andouille sausage and jumbo shrimp. Then top off the bowl with cheddar cheese, green onions and chopped tomatoes. If you’re looking to add even more heat your tomato mix, add a bit of Adobo sauce.

 

Kid-Friendly

Macaroni and cheese is a great vehicle to get kids to eat their veggies, and dinner time is even more fun when they get to be creative. Start with a classic bowl of mac. Ask your kids to help you place ½ to 1 cup of steamed broccoli (or your kid’s favorite vegetable) in a fun shape on top of the bowl. Don’t forget the famous quote, “veggies will make you big and strong!”

 

Fiesta

Start with a classic bowl of macaroni and cheese. Add ¼ cup of your favorite salsa and stir in cooked ground beef. If this meal is for a vegetarian, substitute the ground beef for black or pinto beans. Then top off the bowl with cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream.

 

Want to learn more about our new ‘grown up’ Mac & Cheese dishes? Check out this video to see how we added our own new twists to our Classic Mac and Cheese.  They are only available for the next few weeks, so come on in and let me know what you think.

 

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Check back next month for more tips from yours truly!

 

-Tessa

10mar/11

Eat like an adult but feel like a kid

When the economy and thermometer go down, the craving for comfort food goes up. That’s why the hottest cuisine trend right now is adding new twists to comfort food classics, like macaroni & cheese.

Noodles & Company’s Wisconsin Mac & Cheese

We are now featuring three “grown up” Mac & Cheese dishes made with global flavors, high-end ingredients and even truffle oil-spiked sauce. So bust out of your flavor rut and try these new gourmet dishes that allow adults to feel like a kid again:

Truffle Mac with Baby Portabellas: Fine-dining restaurants have recently been featuring upscale versions of Mac & Cheese dishes with a variety of high-end ingredients. Our Truffle Mac with Baby Portabellas rivals what you’d enjoy at any fine-dining restaurant at one-third the price tag. The dish is made with our signature Wisconsin cheese sauce spiked with white truffle oil, sautéed baby portabella mushrooms, and topped off with shredded parmesan cheese house-made toasted breadcrumbs and parsley.

Noodles & Company’s Truffle Mac with Baby Portabellas

Bacon, Mac & Cheeseburger: This hearty dish is a deconstructed version of another classic American comfort food — the bacon cheeseburger. Think crumbled oven-roasted meatballs, crispy chopped bacon, diced Roma tomatoes and chopped green onions mixed into our famous Mac & Cheese and topped with house-made toasted breadcrumbs and cheddar-jack cheese.

Noodles & Company’s Bacon, Mac & Cheeseburger

Southwestern Chili Mac: Take a trip southwest and give your taste buds a little fiesta. It starts with Mac & Cheese smothered in spicy red chili, crumbled oven-roasted meatballs and topped with diced green onion and shredded cheddar-jack cheese. Olé!

Noodles & Company’s Southwestern Chili Mac

Get them while you can! These three dishes are now available through April. Gotta have more? Check out this video to hear our Chef and ‘Mac Master’ talk about the inspiration behind the new dishes, and what people are saying about them.

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1mar/11

Introducing Grown Up Mac & Cheese: It’s not just for kids anymore…

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Check out this exclusive online interview with our chef, and to hear what people are saying about the three new Mac & Cheese dishes.