We’re pro-noodles!

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our loyal guests who have reached out to us over the past few days. We have received some attention in the news after one of our team member’s on-camera opinions got picked up on the Internet, and on radio and TV shows. We have more than 5,000 team members across the country, and they’re all entitled to their own opinions-whether or not we agree with them. That’s what makes this a great country to live in. We have the freedom to voice our opinions.

Even though we may come from different backgrounds and have different views, we’re all aligned in providing our guests with the best possible dining experience. Our culture is built around providing great guest service and serving really good food. Speaking of food, that’s what we’re passionate about –  serving our guests delicious noodles, pasta, salads and sandwiches. We have a wide variety of global flavors all under one roof, because we like diversity. In fact, you’ll find Cavatappi pasta right next to our Udon noodles! So come on in and visit us. It’s like traveling the globe without leaving your table…or paying those ridiculous bag fees.

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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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Tessa’s Tips: February

Hi Everyone! My name is Tessa Stamper and I’m Noodles & Company’s chef and registered dietician. I’m back this month to give you more helpful tips on cooking, health and wellness. Last month I talked about reducing calories, but not reducing flavor. This month I’m going to focus on pasta, and since February is heart disease awareness month, I will share with you how pasta can be part of a heart-healthy diet.

 When it comes to pasta, we take pride in what we serve. It all starts in the fields of North Dakota with #1 hard amber durum wheat. It’s what gives our pasta the al dente texture, bright amber color and nutty wheat taste. We have 8 different varieties of noodles and pasta on our menu from udon to penne to cavatappi.

Tessa Stamper, Noodles & Company’s chef and registered dietician

Want to learn more about our pasta? Check out this video to see how it’s made and what makes it taste so good.

February is heart disease awareness month. A great pasta option that’s also recommended for a heart-healthy diet is whole wheat pasta. According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that were just released last month by the USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, whole grain is a great source of nutrients such as iron, magnesium, B vitamins and dietary fiber. The new dietary guidelines also states there is evidence indicating that eating whole grains may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

To offer you a heart-healthy pasta option, we serve whole wheat linguine. It’s featured in our Whole Grain Tuscan Linguine on our Mediterranean menu. Although it’s featured in one dish, it may be substituted in any of our dishes!

Noodles & Company’s Whole Grain Tuscan Linguine

For more information on how to eat heart healthy, please visit the American Heart Association.

Check back next month for more tips from yours truly!

Tessa Stamper

Chef & Registered Dietitian

Noodles & Company

 

How do you customize your meal at our restaurants to incorporate whole grains? What bowl do you sub in our whole grain linguine? Tell us and we’ll choose five people to win a free bowl card by Friday, 2/18 at 5 p.m. MST.

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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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