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

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

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Colossal Winter Storm Chicken Soup

Congratulations! You have survived the crazy cold weather that swept the country this week. In honor of your survival, and to warm you up, our chef has created a ‘Colossal Winter Storm Chicken Soup’ recipe just for you. It’s similar, but not exactly like, the Chicken Noodle Soup we serve in our restaurants. If you can get your car out of the snow bank you could pick up a bowl of our Chicken Noodle Soup- visit http://noodles.com/locations to find a location near you. If your car is stuck in your garage, try making this soup at home- it will warm you up and make a splash at your NFL party this Sunday. 

Colossal Winter Storm Chicken Soup: A Recipe for the Home Chef

Serves 8-10

Ingredients:

Stock

  • 1 Whole chicken (3-5 Lbs.), cut into 6 pieces
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning
  • 4 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Soup

  • 2 cups carrots, sliced
  • 2 cups celery, sliced
  • 2.5 cups egg noodle, uncooked
  • 3 Tbs. fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped

Preparation:

  • Add all stock ingredients into a pot and simmer until chicken is tender, about 45 minutes
  • Remove chicken and set aside until cool enough to pull apart into bite-sized pieces, discard any bones and skin
  • Pull out and discard the onions and bay leaves
  • Bring stock to a boil and add carrots, cook about 3 minutes
  • Add celery, cook 10 minutes
  • Lower the temp to a simmer and add egg noodles, cook until softened, about 5 minutes
  • Add cooked chicken pieces back into pot along with parsley and thyme
  • Adjust salt and pepper seasoning to taste

Did you try making this soup at home? If so, share a picture with us! Take a picture of your finished product, upload the photo to the web, and post a link to your photo below.

Noodles & Company's Colossal Winter Storm Chicken Soup- a recipe for the home chef

 

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Big Air, Denver

We were at the Big Air event in Denver Jan. 25 & 26 serving up some hot Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, Japanese Pan Noodles and Rice Krispy Treats while watching the skiers and riders do their thing. It was nice seeing you there, and if we didn’t- hopefully we’ll see you at our Dillon restaurant on your way up to the mountains.

Big Air in Denver

Dudes eating with us at the Big Air event in Denver.

Beautiful Denver, Colorado.

The ramp was 101' high, 300' long and 80' wide.

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Tessa’s Tips

We’d like to introduce you to our chef and registered dietician, Tessa Stamper. Every month, Tessa will share her culinary and healthy eating tips with you right here. This month it’s all about reducing calories, but not reducing flavor.

Here are two of Tessa’s favorite calorie-conscious meals to help you keep your New Year’s resolution.

First up is the Bangkok Curry TRIO with sautéed shrimp and a tossed green side salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

This meal is both sweet and spicy with only 345 calories, along with a whopping 14 grams of protein. It’s heavy on the fresh veggies, and features a sweet coconut curry wok tossed with shrimp, broccoli, carrots, red pepper, onion, mushrooms and a light portion of rice noodles.

Or if you’re on the go, try something hand-held. The Med Sandwich is made with fresh vegetables and features sautéed mushrooms, red bell peppers, spinach, red onions and crunchy cucumber, all topped with our zippy Med dressing, cilantro and feta cheese on a warm flat bread. Order the sandwich as a ‘Duo’ and add a cucumber tomato salad on the side for a complete meal.

The Med Sandwich Duo with a Cucumber Tomato Salad will cost you only 420 calories and gives you 25 grams of protein.

If you want to see more flavorful and tasty options for around 400 calories, click here.

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Pasta Art

Learn how Cyn Gagen, a lifelong artist and crafter who is also featured on “Cool2Craft,” Lynda, a graphic designer in the paper crafting industry, and Eileen Hull, a free lance designer, author and licensed artist with Sizzix, make these sweet pasta angels, rice noodle wreath and pasta-decorated holiday card. You can also enter to win one of our Anything Cards. Click here to learn how to make the angels, here for the rice noodle wreath and here for the pasta-decorated holiday card.

Cyn Gagen's pasta angels

 

Lynda's rice noodle wreath

 

Eileen Hull’s holiday card decorated with pasta

Send us a link to images of your noodle art by 1/15/11 and we’ll reward you with an Free Bowl Card!

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Scratch That

Thanks to all of you, we realized the one of our ‘Anything Is Better Than This’ Flickr photo contest winners was not real. It was fake. 😦 So, we have decided to reward the third $50 Anything Card to Buckaroo2008 who submitted this beautiful homemade mechanical bank. Check out the caption, it’s hilarious.

From Buckaroo2008 on Flickr: For Christmas one year, my dear old dad decided to make me a homemade mechanical bank from a pattern he found. He cut the wood and painted it himself. To operate it, you put a coin on the tongue that's sticking out, then pull the lever on the side. The tongue moves back as it swallows the money, then the eyes bug out -- pretty much the same reaction as people looking at it.

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