Copycat Noodles & Co. Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe

Noodles & Co. Homemade Mac and Cheese

Copycat Noodles & Co. Homemade Mac and Cheese

This is a great recipe for anyone who loves Macaroni and Cheese. This is an identical recipe from the restaurant of Noodles and Co. and you will not be able to tell a difference with it. This very easy recipe to make and one that the whole family regardless of age will love. Everyone will ask you to make this cheesy goodness over and over again. Here is a list of ingredients that you will need to make your own Noodles & Co. Homemade Mac and Cheese.


  • ½lb Macaroni (or one normal sized bag)
  • 2 tbs Butter or Margarine
  • 2 tbs Flour
  • 2 Cups Whole Milk (You can use skim milk if you’d like but the paste does not become as thick as with whole milk)
  • ½ tsp Salt (We recently stopped using in this to cut down on sodium and we cant tell a difference)
  • ½ tsp Paprika
  • ¼ tsp Pepper
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese


  1. Boil the noodles- This one is pretty self explanatory, just boil the noodles until they are soft or how you like them.
  2. While the noodles are boiling you need to get the cheesy sauce ready.
  3. Start melting the butter in a pot, make sure you do it slowly so you don’t scorch the butter.
  4. Once the butter is melted add the flower and begin to mix it together. You need to mix it until it becomes a light brown and begins to boil.
  5. Slowly mix the milk into the mixture. You also want to make sure you slowly heat up the milk to reduce the chance of making the milk curdle. You should mix it until it begins to thicken up a  little bit.
  6. Once the milk is warm enough add the rest of the ingredients like the salt, pepper, paprika and your cheeses.
  7. Mix until all the cheese is melted and the sauce is orange colored. The sauce will not be too thick and a little bit running. This is how the restaurant likes it, if you do want it to be a little thicker then just add some flour to it in order for it to thicken.
  8. Pour the desired amount of cheese into the bottom of the bowl. Then place the boiled noodles on top, and to finish it off place a handful of shredded cheese on top.
  9. You can mix it together to melt the cheese or just eat it however you’d like. Enjoy!


  1. Sandy Cain says

    I’ve never heard of Noodles.and Co., but I can tell you straight up I’m making this tomorrow. We are mac and cheese addicts here, and this one sounds SO GOOD! (I’m just going to add a little gruyere to the mix!)

  2. md kennedy says

    Fantastic recipe – and ANYTHING homemade is better than the boxed stuff. I never understood the love affair with boxed mac & cheese – yuck!

  3. Sherry Compton says

    Love Mac and Cheese. It’s comforting and delicious. You can add chicken or tuna to it, but it’s great just on its own…a side dish or main meal. If you want you can add some veggies even.

  4. Paula V says

    Looks delish. Never been to Noodle & Co. Mac n cheese is a weakness. I can even eat the Kraft box stuff. Of course, the homemade is just over the top temptation for me. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Robin Wilson says

    We must not have Noodles and Co. here in NC, but we have mac & cheese lovers in this house! This looks and sounds so good! This is my kind of comfort food and I am printing this recipe!

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  7. Penny Minding Mom says

    This would be wonderful. My daughter eats a lot of the “neon” colored stuff 😉 and I’d love to convince her to switch. Does it matter what type of flour you use? Whole wheat or gluten free maybe?

  8. Stephanie says

    This looks really delicious. I’m always intrigued by the enormous variations in Mac and Cheese recipes. This one is pretty traditional and looks really great. Can’t wait to try it.

  9. Patricia says

    Oh my goodness, this INSTANTLY got my stomach grumbling! I’m definitely going to try this out as soon as I get some cheese. Yum!

  10. Christine Halverson says

    I have never tried Noodles&Co. and there is one in my city,,but this looks so good.
    Thank you for sharing= )

  11. JJ Caraway says

    I can’t wait to make this when the grandchildren come next weekend. They love mac n cheese and this recipe looks so good. I have never heard of the restaurant Noodles and Co but I bet if they have other dishes like this one it’s a good place to eat. Thanks for the recipe.

  12. Grace F. says

    This recipe looks so simple, but so yummy. I will definitely be trying it! I can pair it with some baked chicken breasts! Yum!

  13. michelle oakley warner says

    my kids love mac and cheese, my hubby is a little iffy on it but this looks like he might eat it, he hates the box ones, cool, im going to try this out on him thank you for the recipe

  14. Lindsey Roberts says

    I go to Noodles & Co. all the time just because of how amazing their dishes are. Now that I a have a recipe ( thanks to you :) ) that I can actually make at home that is just like what I would normally get a Noodles & Co., is absolutely wonderful!! Maybe I can save a few bucks with it too! :) Thanks for such an awesome recipe! :)

  15. Clifford says

    Mac and Cheese is a family favourite, like who doesn’t just love it. Your recipe has a nice spin with adding the Monterey Jack cheese so I have to try it the next time I make it..

  16. rebeka deleon says

    never have heard or even been to a noodles and co. but this macaroni and cheese looks so good! i love that there is fresh cheese on top.

  17. barbara macaskill says

    I LVOE homemade mac and cheese and this recipe looks delicious! Can’t wait to get to the grocery store to get the ingredients! TFS!

  18. kathy j says

    I just completed a cooking with your kid class with my granddaughter and kids love mac n cheese so I think this would be a great recipe to do with her using the skills we learned in class. Sounds amazingly good.

  19. LAMusing says

    Never heard f Noodles and Co, so I assume there aren’t any in my area, but oh man that looks amazing! I have to make this soon!

  20. Vera says

    Looks good and easy to make. Never heard of a Noodle and Co but definitely going to look into that. My boys loves Mac N Cheese thanks for sharing.

  21. Blythe J. says

    I love making homemade macaroni & cheese so this is a different twist to what I am used to. (usually I add peas too – so that we get some sort of veggie in there) I’m interested about how mac & cheese tastes with paprika and monterrey jack. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Teresa S says

    This looks amazing. I never had noodles and co. but I am going to make this today and my son is going to love it. He is a mac n cheeseaholic.

  23. Carol L says

    I sure do love homemade Mac and Cheese. I’ve never heard of Noodles & Co. but I’m going to make this dish for sure. Sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing.
    Carol L

  24. Kyaw Sein says

    Love Mac and Cheese, Will definitely try it .Thought of adding a little pine apple for a more delicious dish.

  25. Stacey Roberson says

    Mac & Cheese is one of my favorite sides to cook with dinner. Love the addition of the paprika – makes for a little it spicy.

  26. Terri K (@tkharmonic) says

    I’m going to make this and use pepperjack cheese to give it a little kick, thanks for sharing!

  27. says

    I love mac and cheese but it never turns out. I will try this out and just adapt it for gluten free :) Its fascinating how mac and cheese recipes always have paprika in it. Great wait to try this!

  28. Jessica Thompson says

    I have never heard of noodles and company. I can say this my children love mac and cheese and is one food I can actually get them to eat so I will be making this soon.

  29. David A. P. says

    I have a buddy of mine that if I’m ever wanting him to come visit all I have to do is tell him I’m making my homemade mac and cheese, and he’s here!

  30. says

    I usually have similar recipe, just take different steps, and no paprika. I can’t wait to try this recipe for this Sunday’s dinner. I probably won’t want to share it. Thanks for sharing!!!

  31. annie page says

    I use to love mac and cheese in the box til I made homemade from scratch mac and cheese. Just love homemade and can no longer eat it from the box

  32. Beanybopp says

    Never heard of this company before. I make homemade mac and cheese. My mom taught me, but this one seems to be closer to the kind that you would get in the “blue box” with the whole cheesy sauce and all. Mine I just bake noodles (after cooked), with cheese and milk in layers for 30 minutes. My mom puts bread crumbs on top to make it crunchy but for some odd reason mind NEVER comes out that way so I have given up lol

  33. Cheryl Chervitz says

    I love mac and cheese, I’ve never had Noodles and Co., but it sounds yummy. thank you.

  34. Anastasia Alexander says

    Thanks SO much for sharing this recipe! I can’t wait to try it!! I love Mac n Cheese, but agree with one of the other comments…. the box stuff is just not any good!

  35. says

    Mmm I love mac and cheese — and since I can barely cook this recipe seems easy enough that even I can do it! haha Can’t wait to give it a try :)

  36. viviana rodriguez says

    i loveee mac and cheese but we usually either buy the box mac and cheese or buy it at boston market lol. this recipe looks good :)

  37. Shar says

    oooh this sounds good. I haven’t made homemade mac ‘n cheese in a long time. I pinned this recipe on Pinterest so I can get to it quickly My family loves Noodles and Co.Thanks for the recipe!

  38. sherry butcher says

    I never herd of the Noodles and Co., but we make ours like this. I now add a little Cinniman because I’m Daebettic and this is to help control blood sugars.

  39. Ramona Daniela Sculschi says

    Thanks for this lovely recipe! It looks delicious!! I can`t wait to make it tomorrow, nice idea ! :)

  40. Mary A says

    I haven’t tried Noodles & Co but this does look good. I have a tried & true recipe that our family really loves but I’m always willing to try new recipes. I love mac & cheese!

  41. Krista Grandstaff says

    This looks super easy…and delicious…both winners in my book! I also like that my kiddos can get this together before I even leave work…so I can get it together even faster…yay!

  42. Jean says

    My oldest (6) is crazy about mac and cheese but I don’t like to give her packaged too often because of preservatives and artificial colors, etc. I love that this recipe is just good, simple ingredients!

  43. Marisa Johnson says

    I’ve also never heard of Noodles & Co. but this Mac & Cheese looks fantastic! I’ve made the homemade stuff only a few times because I haven’t liked the recipes I’ve had. This one looks really good. I just hope I can get the flour/butter/milk step right. There is where I always mess things up!

  44. Dorothy Turner says

    I am definitely trying this recipe over the Memorial Day weekend! Looks and sounds delicious! Our family loves tasty Mac and Cheese!

  45. almanyc says

    i love noodles and company but sometimes i think its a little overpriced for what it is. thanks for this!

  46. samantha s says

    Wow your homemade mac and cheese recipe is simple and looks really appetizing. Unfortunately I only know how to make really great spaghetti (cheese freaks me out!) But I’m going to give it another whack because my husband loves it so much. Thank you for sharing this recipe because it just got printed! :)

  47. Danielle Lindquist says

    I am drooling looking at this recipe of yours!! I am a huge fan of mac n cheese and really want to make this one now!! Thanks for sharing.

  48. Susan Smith says

    This looks yummy, my family would love this. I don’t want to know how many calories this has in a serving,

  49. Susan Smith says

    This looks yummy, my family would love this. I don’t even want to know how many calories this has in a serving.

  50. Kelsey says

    This looks great! I really don’t like the boxed mac n cheese … it just seems so processed, but this looks like a great alternative!

  51. Nena Sinclair says

    This looks amazing! We love Mac & Cheese in my household, so I’ll definitely be making this frequently! Thanks for the recipe!

  52. says

    I actually found this recipe here the other day and tried it yesterday. It was really good! My daughter even liked it, which isn’t normal. She usually doesn’t like homemade mac & cheese! Thank you for the great recipe! We will be using it! :)

  53. Patricia Zyska-Pickett says

    That looks really good and sooooo cheesy!. My kids are crazy about mac ‘n cheese so I’ll have to try this recipe out. Thank you so much for posting it!

  54. Alisha Parla says

    I love noodles and company and we especially love mac and cheese. I can’t wait to make this recipe for my family.

  55. Kristin Welch says

    I’ve always wanted to try and make homemade mac n cheese but haven’t done it yet. (Not sure why either!) Anyway, looks super good in the picture and sounds super easy! Thanks for sharing the recipe and I just may be making homemade mac n cheese for the first time, very soon! :)

  56. Susan Broughton says

    I love my Mac and Cheese! I have not had the recipe that you are copying here but I really do want to try it out. I am going to pin it to use at the next dinner that I make mac and cheese in. Thanks for the recipe!

  57. Colleen Schindler says

    While there are no Noodles & Co. in my hometown, I have heard great things about them. Mac n cheese is one of my favorite dishes and this recipe looks delish so I def will have to try it. Thanks so much!

  58. Alexia says

    I LOVE this recipe! I’ve made it twice since I found it! Even my super picky (noodle hating) eater will eat this mac and cheese and that’s AMAZING.

  59. rebeccabasset says

    I have never had the Noodles and Company Macaroni but this recipe sounds awesome and I love Macaroni and Cheese.

    Thanks for the Post and the Recipe!

  60. Anita L says

    I am not familiar with the restaurant of Noodles and Co., so I would not have anything to compare to. However, My husband is a huge fan of macaroni and cheese and I’m so tired of making the same recipe over and over!! I’m going to save your recipe to try later in the week. Thank you for sharing :)

  61. Beth Hargett says

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. I’ve never tried the Noodles & Company mac n cheese but we love, love, love mac n cheese in this family!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  62. Sylvia Zajis says

    I love homemade mac and cheese. It seems everyone has their own spin on it but this one sounds like it is right up my alley.

  63. says

    This looks pretty easy, and delicious – I’ve been wanting to make homemade mac ‘n cheese. Although I admit, I do like the blue box version. 😉

  64. Cher Garman says

    Thank you for this yummy recipe! My husband loves mac and cheese and I thought there was only so many ways to prepare it!

  65. Leah says

    I made this tonight for dinner and I will def make it again. I love Noodles & Co.’s mac and cheese and I like this recipe. My cheese sauce is a bit too think but that was my fault. more milk next time. I did think it out a bit with pasta water and it helped. Thank you for the recipe! It was very very tasty.

  66. Wanda Barefoot says

    My favorite food growing up was mac & cheese. I loved cheese anything! This recipe sounds delicious and I can’t wait to try it. I Pinned it for later. Thanks for sharing! :)

  67. Shannon says

    This is some kicked up mac and cheese I tell you what. I am gonna try it out soon, thank you for sharing. Mac and cheese is one of my fave things to have.

  68. lisa says

    I tried this and it’s delicious. Next time I’m going to add a few more cheese blends. I like a Mexican blend and a bit of Gouda. My husband enjoyed this too. Thanks for the recipe!

  69. Evelyn tapia says

    I love your recipe. Will try at home looks super delicious. I’m sure I can enjoy this meal with my family !

  70. Emily Endrizzi says

    Looks awesome! I love mac and cheese! Maybe I will make this tomorrow night for dinner. My boyfriend would love it!

  71. Debbie Welchert says

    This sounds and looks really good. I love that it has so much cheese in it and you don’t have to bake it.

  72. krista williams says

    Yummy,everyone loves Macaroni & Cheese.I have heard of this brand before and would love to try them.

  73. Diana C says

    This recipe looks amazing. The ingredients look very doable. Thanks for sharing, I’d like to try something that is not from a box for a change!

    Diana C

  74. Kimberly Flickinger (@kaflickinger74) says

    This is a great recipe. I appreciate you sharing. I look forward to making this for my family.

  75. Michelle S says

    OMG! My kids love the mac n’ cheese from Noodles & Co. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I just copied it down and am going to try it this Friday night to go with our fish fillets.

  76. says

    I love Noodles and Co. I belong to their birthday club. Now I do not have to wait to get my special treat. Trying to stay healthy and trying not to eat out so much anymore. Thanks for sharing your recipe for this dish.

  77. Judy maharrey says

    i have not heard of this recipe, but my family istruly a mac and cheese family! they will eat it homemade or from the box. this is something i would like to make for them. thanks

  78. Cathy Jarolin says

    This macaroni and cheese recipe sound Delicious! I will pin this so that I can try it! I love mac and cheese and so does my Husband. I always try different recipes. I find a lot of them are so Good! Thankyou so much for sharing! Have a Great day!!

  79. Starla B says

    That looks so good. I love fresh macaroni compared to box macaroni. Once you try homemade you never wanna go back. Great recipe!!

  80. says

    I love copy cat recipes…I have never eaten at a Noddles and Company as there are none of the restaurants around where I live, and I love Mac and Cheese so this recipe is a keeper, thanks for sharing!

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