Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (2024)

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If I had to pick one food to live on for the rest of my life, it would be Mac and Cheese. There is something so comforting and happy about a big bowl of Mac N’ Cheese. I have tried this dish in just about every restaurant around us that serves it and Noodles & Co has one of my favorite versions. I just had to keep tweaking my homemade version until it was just right. I think the best part of this recipe is stirring in the cheese!

Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (1)

Wisconsin Mac & Cheese Copycat Recipe

You will need:

  • 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.

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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

Equipment

  • Large Pot

  • Noodle Strainer

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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.

How do you like your Mac N’ Cheese?

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  1. Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (5)Jaclyn Kent says

    I love making at-home mac&cheese!! I'll have to try colby jack next time!

    Reply

  2. Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (6)Molly O'Connor says

    Oh yum! When I head home after this semester ends I'll have to have my mom make this! I always love a good four cheese mac n cheese

    Reply

  3. Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (7)Hi, I'm Susannah! says

    Oh yum! I'll definitely have to try this. I love homemade mac and cheese!

    Reply

  4. Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (8)Wee BlackCat says

    ooh, the paprika sounds like the perfect addition — going to try i t soon!

    Reply

  5. Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (9)Anonymous says

    Mac and cheese is a big thing in our house, but I hate buying the packet ones. I never really know what's in them. Thanks for this. Sarah

    Reply

  6. Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (10)Tara Settembre says

    Nothing better than Mac and Cheese! Looks yummy, thanks for the recipe.

    Reply

  7. Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (11)Roxanne Ferber says

    You just can't go wrong with good ol' mac and cheese! In my house it's a staple!

    Reply

  8. Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (12)Stacey D says

    I love mac and cheese and I am so lucky that my hubby makes an amazing version!

    Reply

  9. Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (13)Jen K says

    Oh my! My littlest would love this. He is a mac and cheese fanatic. And now I'm hungry 🙂

    Reply

  10. Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (14)Ourfamilyworld says

    I'll have to give your recipe a try. My family loves mac and cheese.

    Reply

  11. Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (15)The Cuteness says

    I don't think I've ever met a mac n cheese I didn't like. This look sooo good!

    Reply

  12. Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (16)Janet Krugel says

    I've never heard of Noodles and Co, but it seems like a place I want to visit. This recipe looks so good!

    Reply

  13. Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (17)Blanca F. says

    I love mac and cheese and I love making it myself instead of buying the box kind. I have done a couple of different recipes variations and would love to try yours…it looks very delicious l 😀

    Reply

  14. Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (18)nicole says

    I love Mac and Cheese! yum.

    Reply

  15. Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (19)Rose @ Walnut Acre says

    I think my daughter would agree with you – macaroni and cheese is her favorite food. This recipe looks delicious.

    Reply

  16. Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (20)Sydney Andersen says

    I LOVE Noodles & Co Mac'n'Cheese and can not wait to try this recipe! It is on my next meal plan! Thanks so much for sharing at the Dream. Create. Inspire. Link. I've pinned this recipe and shared on FB. I hope you will join us again tomorrow night!

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  17. Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (21)Patt says

    I want to make this for a memorial service do you think this would reheat well?

    Reply

  18. Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (22)#1 mom says

    YUM!!! I love making mac and cheese for my kids. They loved it. I suggest this recipe to other bakers.

    Reply

  19. Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (23)Alyssa says

    Debra, this looks really good! I think I need to make these for myself and the kids. Love this idea!

    Reply

  20. Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (24)Alina says

    Debra, it looks so yummy! I love the step-by-step instructions, making it an easy recipe to follow!

    Reply

  21. Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (25)Mariya says

    Debra, these look so delicious! I bet my family would love for me to make these sometime.

    Reply

  22. Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (26)Tyler Nihguh says

    yoyoyo i fricken love mac dawg, please hook it up with more mac bruh.

    Reply

  23. Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (27)Amy says

    Can this be frozen?

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    • Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (28)Wifeeclectic says

      I’ve never tried but I don’t see why not.

      Reply

  24. Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (29)Anne Bakerim says

    I often go to your site to read a new recipe, thanks for teaching me how to cook delicious and healthy food.

    Reply

  25. Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (30)Anna says

    I love noodles and this recipe looks very appetizing and very simple. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

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Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese - Housewife Eclectic (2024)

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What are the best noodles to use for mac and cheese? ›

By definition, classic macaroni and cheese should be made with, well, macaroni, a style broadly defined as any short, cylindrical extruded pasta. This includes tubes like ziti, penne, rigatoni and, yes, elbows, as well as corkscrew shapes like fusilli.

How does Gordon Ramsay make the best mac and cheese? ›

Preparation
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, combine the pasta and milk. ...
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  3. Divide between serving bowls and top with the bread crumbs.
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Do you put salt in mac and cheese? ›

Add about 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt (I used Lawry's.) If you're sensitive to salt, start really low and work your way up… and remember that the cheese imparts quite a bit of salt to the mix. BUT—and this is important—be careful not to UNDERSALT the mac and cheese.

How many carbs are in noodles, mac and cheese? ›

Noodles & Company Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, Regular (1 serving) contains 119g total carbs, 114g net carbs, 38g fat, 42g protein, and 980 calories.

What ingredient makes the difference between noodles and macaroni? ›

Differences in Ingredients

Flour – smooth, soft, and a lighter shade, noodles may be crafted using a finer kind of flour or a variety of different flours. Pasta on the other hand uses a heavier denser kind of flour to give it that weight. Salt – salt is essential when it comes to noodles.

What to add to macaroni and cheese to make it taste better? ›

Here are a few of my favorite cheesy upgrades...
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What are the 3 best cheeses for mac and cheese? ›

What Is the Best Cheese for Mac and Cheese? Sharp cheddar is the overwhelming popular choice, but for extra-creamy results, we think medium cheddar is even better. Other delicious options include Gruyère, smoked Gouda, and Monterey Jack.

How to make Shaq mac and cheese? ›

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a large pot of boiling water, cook macaroni with oil and salt until al dente. Drain.
  3. In a large saucepan, melt margarine over low heat. Add flour. ...
  4. Add cooked macaroni to sauce. Stir over low heat for 1 minute. ...
  5. Pour mixture into a large greased casserole dish or baking pan.

Why is spiral mac and cheese better? ›

They have more texture.

I've always been drawn to the chew factor that comes with mac and cheese shapes. Unlike the original noodles, which can turn into a mushy mess once their cooked, shapes tend to hold their rigid structure.

What not to do when making mac and cheese? ›

Here's what several experts say are the biggest mistakes when it comes to making macaroni and cheese at home and how to avoid making them.
  1. Using Only Cheddar cheese. ...
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  3. Choosing the Wrong Pasta. ...
  4. Overcooking. ...
  5. Skimping on the Toppings.
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What cheese to avoid for mac and cheese? ›

Dry, crumbly cheeses like feta or cotija are not ideal. With their high moisture levels, they don't melt properly and will leave you with clumps of cheese instead of a smooth sauce.

Why should you never boil pasta in water for mac and cheese? ›

When you cook pasta in water, the water (and all the starch from the pasta that's released as it cooks) is poured down the drain. By cooking the pasta in milk instead, you get to keep all that starchy goodness for your cheese sauce.

What is spiral macaroni called? ›

Cavatappi (Italian: [kavaˈtappi]; lit. 'corkscrews') is macaroni formed in a helical tube shape. Certain areas of the US and Canada may also refer to it as "double elbows" or "scoobi doo" pasta, purportedly because of their resemblance to scoubidou.

What is side of Wisconsin mac and cheese? ›

A classic blend of cheddar and jack cheeses, cream and elbow macaroni. Select rewards and offers do not apply to the $10 Mac & Cheese Meal Deal, Chicken Parmesan, or Baked 4-Cheese Chicken Alfredo. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice, but calorie needs vary.

Can you use different pasta for mac and cheese? ›

Look for pastas with nooks and crannies

The site recommends avoiding long, thin pastas like spaghetti, angel hair, linguine, and fettuccine, which aren't the right type to grab and hold onto the rich cheese sauce. Instead, you'll want to look for pasta shapes featuring "nooks and crannies," the outlet writes.

What kind of pasta would work best for a dish like macaroni and cheese Why? ›

Tubular Pastas (Ziti, Rigatoni, Penne)

This allows the gooeyness of the cheese sauce to hang onto every inch of the pasta, so you get a cheesy delicious bite every time.”

What are the best noodles for cheese? ›

Check out our guide into the best noodle shapes to hold cheese–ranked from the creamiest cheese sauce to thickest (obviously). Spaghetti, linguini and bucatini are long, thin and narrow and are used best with a thin, creamy sauce.

Can you make macaroni with different noodles? ›

It's a lightning-quick stovetop version of mac and cheese, made with spaghetti; but you can use whatever noodle you'd like. So put some water to boil, because our One Pot Mac and Cheese is creamy, cheesy, and pretty perfect!

Why are my mac and cheese noodles falling apart? ›

Overcooking the pasta

The noodles become soft and fall apart easily. Soggy pasta is exactly what you want to avoid, especially in mac and cheese — too soft, and you'll be eating cheese sludge with a spoon. Instead, for a hefty cheese sauce, you'll want your noodles cooked al dente.

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