Noodles & Co – Wisconsin Mac & Cheese Hack


I absolutely LOVE Noodles & Co. In college, I regularly frequented this place ordering the same meal every time: Regular Wisconsin Mac & Cheese with Parmesan Crusted Chicken, a Rice Krispie Treat, & Diet Coke. After moving to Chicago, we lived about 1 mile from TWO options: the N. Clybourn location & the Clark/Broadway location. Needless to say, I was a regular visitor.

Now, living in Philadelphia, the closest location in 40 minutes away in Wilmington, DE. This past weekend, I was DESPERATELY craving for some Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, so the only sane thing to do (since Kyle adamantly stated we would NOT be driving 45 minutes for some mac & cheese…) was to recreate the recipe at home.

Lucky for me, I am not the only die hard Noodles & Co. lover, so it wasn’t too hard to find a copycat recipe online. I combined two recipes to make sure I got the parmesan crusted chicken, and while not 100% accurate, it definitely hit the spot.

The sauce, the noodles, the shredded cheese…mixing it altogether. Brings back so many good memories.

Find the recipe for the Mac & Cheese here (I halved the recipe) and for the Parmesan Crusted Chicken here (a little “soggy” for me, but delicious).

Note: This is not healthy. It does not try to be healthy. If you want to be healthy, I recommend NOT making this recipe. However I’m a firm believer that everyone should #treatyoself

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  • I have trouble believing that Kyle would adamantly state that he would not drive 45 minutes for Noodles and Company. Especially if a Froster for the journey was used as part of the negotiations. 🙂