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!
About Teri

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  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. Maria Iemma says:

    I love this recipe, I can now make one of my favorite dishes!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. I just retweeted this looks yummy :-).

  7. This looks really good. I am going to try it for sure

  8. 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!

  9. Christina Strapp says:

    Looks really good, will be giving this a try.

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  11. I love Macaroni and Cheese! Definitely gonna try this. Thanks.

  12. Amy Orvin says:

    This looks great and easy to make.

  13. 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?

  14. sandra davis says:

    can’t wait to try it

  15. I love Monterey so I’m psyched to try this!

  16. denise smith says:

    i love mac and cheese i will try this recipe tp

  17. 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.


    this recipe looks amazing will have to give it a try! thank you!!!

  19. Debbie Mc says:

    Love mac and cheese! This looks like a good recipe

  20. 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!

  21. 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= )

  22. Peggy Greco says:

    This looks delicious and different to make and try;thanks for recipe.

  23. Jean Bullock says:

    This looks really yummy. That dish makes it look so fancy!

  24. Darla Cook says:

    My gkid loves mac and cheese! Thanks for the receipe we will try it.

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

  27. 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

  28. Amy Walker says:

    I love Noodles & Company’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese. I’m going to have to try this recipe!

  29. 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! :)

  30. 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..

  31. 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.

  32. Krystal V. says:

    looks delicous!

  33. 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!

  34. 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.

  35. 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!

  36. 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.

  37. Tim Dizdarevic says:

    I am going to try it for sure. This looks really good.

  38. Amy Tolley says:

    wow sounds just divine i am gonna have to try this recipe thanks for sharing ….

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. Sandie W says:

    I love noodles! Can’t wait to try this receipe Thanks for posting.

  42. 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

  43. Can’t wait to try this!

  44. Kyaw Sein says:

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

  45. 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.

  46. Terri K (@tkharmonic) says:

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

  47. saramford says:

    this looks amazing I will be making it for my kids this week. thank you

  48. Connie Ward says:

    This looks yummy and includes a lot of my favorite… cheese! Thanks for sharing!

  49. Mary Withrow says:

    Mac and Cheese is Abagails favorite food. I will surely try this recipe for her! Looks great

  50. looks good i want some

  51. 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!

  52. Cece P. says:

    Looks delish, I will maks this for my girls. Thanks for the recipe.

  53. Julie D says:

    omg. YUM YUM YUM. Totally making this. Thanks!

  54. 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.

  55. Sunnymay says:

    I’ll have to try adding paprika. I know mustard also gives Mac ‘N Cheese a subtle flavor.

  56. 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!

  57. 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!!!

  58. 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

  59. chantal h. says:

    looks yummy!!!

  60. OMG this look so good! I am SO gonna make this!

  61. 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

  62. Cheryl Chervitz says:

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

  63. Mac and cheese is such comfort food makes me feel so at home! :)

  64. 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!

  65. laurie damrose says:

    That looks so good!Ty

  66. melina r says:

    This recipe looks delicious, will make this for my son

  67. 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 :)

  68. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    I’ve never tried homemade Mac n Cheese before. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  69. 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 :)

  70. Stacy Alfano says:

    My daughters LIVE on mac and cheese! I’m def going to have to try this!

  71. Jacqui Odell says:

    This looks so yummy! I need to try it.

  72. 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!

  73. My daughter loves Mac n Cheese and I have grown to loathe the boxed mac n cheese. Thanks for the awesome and yummy recipe! She loved it :)

  74. Donald Light says:

    this looks so delicious i cant wait to make it this week! thanks so much for this!

  75. 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.

  76. Ramona Daniela Sculschi says:

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

  77. Mac & Cheese not from a box?!?!? I think BB will have to try this one. ; ) BB2U

  78. 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!

  79. 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!

  80. 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!

  81. Kyaw Sein says:

    Look so good and yummy, got to give it a try

  82. 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!

  83. Yum thanks for sharing – My son love Noodles – going to have to try it – Pinning it

  84. This looks awesome! I can’t wait to try it out! Thanks for the great recipe!

  85. 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!

  86. almanyc says:

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

  87. This looks pretty easy to do! Thanks! :)

  88. 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! :)

  89. 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.

  90. 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,

  91. 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.

  92. 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!

  93. Shannon Walter says:

    I love Mac n cheese! This sounds simple enough for me to make. Thanks!

  94. Erica Best says:

    that look so yummy i have to try this soon

  95. Conor S. says:

    This looks so good! I for sure want too try to make this one. Looks simple, easy, and delicious!

  96. 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!

  97. 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! :)

  98. 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!

  99. cindy hunt says:

    it looks good

  100. tiffany dover says:

    So glad you posted this! I LOVE mac and cheese and this recipe looks easy and delish!

  101. desiree says:

    thsi look good and would eat some of it

  102. Dorothy Boucher says:

    yum, my children and grandchildren love when i lmake my homemade mac n cheese 😉

  103. 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.

  104. gina wiskerchen says:

    Awesome!!! i loveee noodles ! this is awesomee!

  105. Great recipe. I’m going to try it with my 4 year old granddaughter who thinks Krafts is the only kind.

  106. 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! :)

  107. 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!

  108. 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!

  109. Christina Strapp says:

    This sounds yummy!! My daughter would love this recipe.

  110. Looks easy enough and delicious – the two things I most look for in a recipe these days. Bookmarking it – thanks for sharing it.

  111. 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.

  112. 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!

  113. Danielle Wuest says:

    This recipe looks delicious and I cant wait to try it ;3

  114. 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 :)

  115. Holly Thomas says:

    I have never heard of Noodles and Co. but this recipe is very similar to mine and it is really good!

  116. Jen Rodrigues says:

    That looks so good thanks for sharing this!! Yummy!!

  117. Michael Lambert says:

    This looks really good!! My daughter would probably love this.

  118. 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!

  119. 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.

  120. This sounds so simple for mac and cheese. i will be trying this on christmas break!

  121. Michael Lambert says:

    This looks really good, I will have to see if my wife could make this!

  122. Homemade -mac-and -cheese is a favorite in our house now.We love this recipe and I am grateful to you for sharing it.Thank you.

  123. I love pasta of all kinds and one of my favorites is Mac and Cheese..I have ziplisted this recipe to make soon. Thank you!

  124. 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. 😉

  125. 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!

  126. Stacy Peart says:

    OMG that looks so good! My mouth is watering. I’m gonna make this as a side for dinner tonight.

  127. I love mac & cheese.It’s a delicious hearty meal that pretty much everybody likes.

  128. 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.

  129. 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! :)

  130. 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.

  131. I’ve never heard of noodles and company… is that a restaurant? This looks yummy.

  132. 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!

  133. 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 !

  134. I’m a bit strange. I do not like mac and cheese. Never have. Not big on pasta of any kind.

  135. Looks really good and everyone in my house loves mac and cheese homemade so it would go over well too.

  136. Emily Endrizzi says:

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

  137. 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.

  138. Lisa Coomer Queen says:

    This Mac and Cheese recipe sounds yummy! I will definitely be trying this one. Thanks!

  139. belinda bell says:

    I love mac and cheese. and so many more pastas. so this sounds great.

  140. BILL HOFF says:

    We are always looking for different ways tp prepare mac ‘n’ cheese! This sounds easy and yummy!

  141. krista williams says:

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

  142. laura rubenstein says:

    This mac and cheese looks outstanding! I would love to try it out! Thank you

  143. 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

  144. Kimberly Flickinger (@kaflickinger74) says:

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

  145. 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.

  146. Deborah D says:

    this looks so good. i can’t wait to make it.

  147. 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.

  148. I haven’ t tried the recipe that you are copying, but if there is pasta and cheese, I am in!! :)

  149. Linda Alvarez says:

    love mac and cheese going to save this to try with my kids

  150. Amber Ludwig says:

    I made this for my sons birthday party and everyone just loved it!!

  151. 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

  152. 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!!

  153. Looks totally amazing and delicious !! Might have to do this one for the princess !

  154. 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!!

  155. I’ve never made homemade mac and cheese but it always looks amazing! This is no exception – look at that cheese!

  156. Looks delish, I love homemade mac and cheese. Need to try this recipe for my kiddos this week.

  157. My family loves mac & cheese. This will be a nice treat for them.

  158. 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!

  159. Love this! Looks so delicious!

  160. Mac and cheese is my favorite food. I’m going to make this recipe at our next family dinner. Thanks for the recipe.

  161. BILL HOFF says:

    We are always looking for different ways to prepare mac n cheese!

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