Panera Bread Mac & Cheese

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What a delicious copycat recipe of Panera Bread Mac & Cheese that is full of white cheddar and white American cheese. This is easy to make and it is made completely on top of the stove. This was very, very good and it takes less than 30 minutes to make.

Source: Six Sisters’ Stuff Copycat Cooking

 

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Ingredients

 

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Cook the pasta according

to the package directions.

 

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Drain and set aside.

 

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Shred the cheddar cheese

(if not already shredded) and

break up the American cheese.

 

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In a large saucepan over

medium heat, melt the butter.

 

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Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute.

 

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Slowly whisk in the milk.

 

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Continue stirring over medium heat until

the mixture thickens and begins to bubble.

 

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Remove from the heat and add in the

cheeses, mustard, salt, pepper and hot sauce.

 

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Stir until the cheese melts

and the mixture is smooth.

 

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Add the pasta.

 

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Toss gently until the cheese sauce

completely coats all of the pasta.

 

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Cook over medium heat for

about 1 minute, gently stirring,

or until hot and then serve.

 

Panera Bread Mac & Cheese

  • Difficulty: Easy Copycat Recipe
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Ingredients

  • 1 (16 oz.) package elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 6 slices white American cheese
  • 2 cups shredded extra sharp white cheddar cheese (or shred all of an 8 oz. block)
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp hot sauce (I used Franks Hot Sauce)

Directions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions, drain and set aside.
  2. Break the American cheese slices into small pieces. If you have a block of white cheddar cheese go ahead and shred it. (I couldn’t find it shredded so I shredded my own)
  3. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
  4. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Slowly whisk in the milk.
  6. Continue stirring over medium heat until the mixture thickens and begins to bubble.
  7. Remove from the heat and add in the cheeses, mustard, salt, pepper and hot sauce.
  8. Stir until the cheese melts and the mixture is smooth.
  9. Add the pasta and toss gently until the cheese completely coats all of the pasta.
  10. Return to medium heat for about 1 minute while gently stirring or until hot, then serve.

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Categories: Cheese, Milk Products, Pasta, Sauces

48 Comments »

  1. I love mac & cheese! I make it similar to this recipe with a rue base but I don’t use American Cheese – I use my own 3 cheese blend, which does include extra sharp cheddar, and I use penne pasta (gluten free because for medical reasons I can’t have gluten). I also put the mac and cheese in a dish once it is all cooked and mixed and add a layer of cheese on top, then put in the oven until melted. So lots and lots of cheese ☺️

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    • I have always used yellow cheddar and/or yellow American cheese. I, too, bake mine in the oven. I don’t think I ever had white cheddar and white American cheese before because it was amazing and this recipe doesn’t go in the oven. It was a nice change of taste.

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