Panera Bread Mac n Cheese

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Panera Bread Mac n Cheese Recipe

: 8 servings

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Calories 305 kcal


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cup shredded white cheddar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 lb , pasta, cooked (cavatappi, shells, or elbow)


  • Start by boiling the pasta. You can take any pasta, preferably the elbow pasta.
  • Take a large cooking pot and fill it with water.
  • Place this pot on the medium-high heat and add a pinch of salt along with a tablespoon of cooking oil.
  • When the water is cooked to a boil, add the pasta and cook until it is al dente.
  • Check the pasta if it is cooked inside out and then drain it in a sieve.
  • Run tap water through the pasta to allow them to cool a bit then keep it aside to drain all the water.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the mac and cheese sauce.
  • Take a large-sized pot and place it over medium-high heat.
  • Place butter in this pot and let it melt on the heat.
  • Gradually stir in flour and continue mixing it with butter for one minute.
  • Then reduce down the heat of the stove and stir in milk and heavy cream.
  • Mix well until the white sauce is lump-free.
  • Stir in dry mustard, black pepper and salt for seasoning then mix well.
  • Continue cooking this mixture with continuous stirring.
  • When the sauce starts to bubble, lower down the heat and add cheddar cheese.
  • Cook the white sauce until the cheese is melted completely then give the sauce a thorough stir.
  • Toss in the cooked pasta and mix until the macaroni and cheese sauce are completely combined.
  • Adjust seasoned with more salt and black pepper if desired.
  • Mix again and leave the mac and cheese for 5 minutes on low heat.
  • You can use red chili flakes, crumbled bacon, dried herbs or fresh herbs as well to garnish the bowl of mac and cheese.
  • Serve warm and devour.

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