Panera Mac & Cheese

We’re exactly one week away from Christmas and now starts the mad rush to finish all your holiday shopping and planning.  The week before Christmas I usually never have time to cook a full meal so now’s the time when super quick and easy recipes come in handy.

Today’s secret recipe (below) is a simple and delicious dish from the menu at Panera Bread.  Everyone loves macaroni and cheese and Panera’s version tastes so much better than any store-bought version.

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New Secret Recipe

Panera Mac & Cheese

1 16 oz. package of rigati pasta (or other small pasta shells)
1/4 Cup butter
1/2 Cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 Cups 2% reduced fat milk (or cream)
6 slices white American cheese, chopped
1 Cup (8 oz.) shredded extra-sharp white Vermont cheddar
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. hot sauce

Cook pasta according to directions on box or bag.

Melt the butter over low heat, and stir in flour. Cook for one minute. Gradually stir in milk or cream, whichever you choose to use. Cook over medium heat, stirring 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 cooked pasta and cook over medium heat for 1 minute (or until thoroughly heated). Serve warm.

Serves 4

Source: Recipe4Living

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One thought on “Panera Mac & Cheese

  1. eleo19 says:

    Hello, I have been making the version of the Panera Bread Mac and Cheese from the America’s Most Wanted Kid’s Recipes book. Each time I make it – I have problems with the recipe. When I add the cheese, the sauce completely separates. The recipe in that book calls for milk but does not specify what kind. I used 1% milk the first time and then whole milk the next time (hoping the extra fat would help) I tried it but the sauce continues to separate when I add the cheese (which is the last step). This is my son’s favorite mac and cheese – please help!! Thanks in advance!

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