Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Noodles & Co Mac and Cheese

Yes you read that correctly--the ulitmate in comfort food at it's best!  I initially consider taking risks when I go to Noodles & Co--i really do-- but I inevitably always end up getting the Mac and Cheese.  And I am never disappointed.  I am huge into any variety of mac and cheese, but I think this might be my very favorite.  Creamy, flavorful, cheesy. . . heaven.

{What you need}
1 lb. elbow noodles
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
3 cups half and half
1/2 tsp salt
3 Cups Monterrey Jack (or Colby Jack)

Cook pasta according to package directions.

In large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour making a roux. Gradually stir in half and half whisking until thickened. Stir in salt. Remove from heat. Add cheese, stir until cheese melts. Top with fancy shredded mild cheddar cheese.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Bacon Artichoke Penne Bake

I had my eye on this recipe for a while before actually being able to make it.  It is every bit as delicious as it sounds, my friends.  It refrigerates well, or you could even freeze the leftovers (my variation made heaps).  My new dream is to make a bacon artichoke pizza inspired by this recipe....

{What you need}
8 oz penne or bowtie (I used a whole package penne, I think like 14 oz or something)
1 recipe alfredo (or any jar of store-bought alfredo)
2 chicken breasts, grilled and chopped (about 2 cups) (I'll probably leave this out next time)
6 oz (1/2 package) cooked bacon, chopped (I used the whole package)
1 (14 oz) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped (I used a 16 oz can)
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (I used two cups)
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350.
Prepare pasta according to package directions.
While the pasta is cooking, prepare guiltless alfredo sauce (I just used a jar from the store).  When pasta is done, drain and add to the sauce.  Toss with chopped chicken, bacon, artichoke hearts, green onions, and 1/2 cup mozzarella.  Season to taste.
Transfer mixture to an 8 x 8 baking dish and sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Cover with foil and bak for about 20 minutes.

(Compliments of  Our Best Bites Cookbook
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