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.
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.
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!”
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.
Check back next month for more tips from yours truly!