NOODLES & COMPANY
A couple of my daughters have given this recipe a prominent nickname but really it’s just a simple food storage meal that tastes surprisingly similar to the extra creamy macaroni and cheese served at this restaurant chain.
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 cups dry macaroni
1 cup Alfredo sauce (Buying the 3-pack of sauce from Costco makes it perfect for my three-month supply.)
1 cup water
1/2 cup powdered milk
*or substitute 1 cup evaporated milk for the water and powdered milk
Boil pasta in salted water for about 7 minutes. If using powdered milk, reserve 1 cup of the hot cooking liquid and then drain the pasta. Return both the reserved water and the pasta to the pan and stir in the powdered milk, Alfredo sauce, and Parmesan cheese. (If you’re using evaporated milk drain all the water before adding the other ingredients.) Transfer to a small cake pan or casserole dish and top with the grated cheddar cheese. Cover with plastic and microwave for 2-3 minutes until all the cheese is melted on top.
I like to serve this dish with a healthy side of sauteed spinach
and fresh tomatoes. The whole meal can be ready in less than fifteen minutes and that’s much quicker than driving to the nearest restaurant and waiting for our order to be prepared.
A dash of nutmeg is nice on top as we enjoy a yummy dinner and the money we just saved.