Panera Bread’s Signature Macaroni & Cheese Copy Cat Recipe

November 21, 2012

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What You Need

1 (16-ounce) package of rigati pasta (or other small pasta shells)
¼ cup butter
½ cup all-purpose flour
2½ cups 2% reduced fat milk (or cream)
6 slices white American cheese, chopped
1 cup (8 ounces) shredded extra-sharp white Vermont cheddar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon hot sauce

What to Do 

Prepare pasta according to package directions.
Melt butter over low heat.
Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute, whisking constantly.
Gradually whisk in milk or cream.
Cook over medium heat, whisking until mixture thickens and bubbles. Remove from heat.
Add cheeses, mustard, salt, and hot sauce, stirring until cheese melts and sauce is smooth.
Stir in pasta and cook over medium heat for about 1 minute.

Panera Bread’s Signature Macaroni & Cheese Copy Cat Recipe
 
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Panera Bread’s Signature Macaroni & Cheese Copy Cat Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 (16-ounce) package of rigati pasta (or other small pasta shells)
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2½ cups 2% reduced fat milk (or cream)
  • 6 slices white American cheese, chopped
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) shredded extra-sharp white Vermont cheddar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon hot sauce
Instructions
  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  2. Melt butter over low heat.
  3. Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute, whisking constantly.
  4. Gradually whisk in milk or cream.
  5. Cook over medium heat, whisking until mixture thickens and bubbles. Remove from heat.
  6. Add cheeses, mustard, salt, and hot sauce, stirring until cheese melts and sauce is smooth.
  7. Stir in pasta and cook over medium heat for about 1 minute.

Recipe adapted from HERE.

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Martha March 14, 2014 at 12:04 am

Another great Mac and cheese to try!

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Josephine March 21, 2014 at 12:20 am

mmm I must try this <3333 I need to make my boyfriend all the macaroni and cheese recipes that you have.

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