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