October 07, 2011

Buttered Noodles & Broccoli...Noodles & Company-style

Noodles & Company, better known as just Noodles, is the only fast food restaurant that I like. 

I've been ordering buttered noodles & broccoli since 1996 when the first Noodles & Company opened in Madison.  It was only the second in the nation, after the first opened in Denver in 1995. 

Tonight, I was craving Noodles, however I have a self-imposed 5-day quarantine to avoid giving anyone else the flu, so I'm stuck at home...and Chris is working late, so I couldn't send him.  Why oh why can't Noodles deliver?

There was nothing left to do but make it myself...I mean, how hard can buttered noodles be, right?  Not only was it easy to make, but also very quick.  Within 15 minutes, I was enjoying a dinner that tasted remarkably like Noodles' own version.

And now a comparison to my last to-go container from Noodles.  While the taste was very similar, I'm certain there's oil in addition to butter in Noodles' version because mine tonight was not nearly as greasy...and not quite as delicious :)

After a quick google search, I found the following description on Noodles' menu "An ounce of melted butter tossed with wavy egg noodles. Topped with Parmesan cheese and Italian seasonings." 

By the way, I would not recommend seeking out menus with your favorite dishes because you might end up heartbroken if you discover that it has 930 calories.  Totally hypothetical.

Tonight's dish was absolutely perfect for the cute little head of broccoli I received in yesterday's CSA box.  It also worked out well that Chris wasn't home for dinner this evening, as it was only enough for one person.  Not that I would ever in a million years convince him to eat carb-loaded buttered noodles :)

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