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Copy Cat Panera Bread Mac & Cheese

This creamy white cheddar macaroni & cheese is a spot on copy cat of the famous Panera Bread side dish.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Pasta, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 590kcal


  • 1 lb pipette pasta
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 6 slices white American cheese chopped
  • 1 cup shredded extra-sharp white Vermont cheddar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp hot sauce


  • Cook the pasta in a pot of salted water, according to the package directions.
  • In a large skillet, melt the butter over low heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 60 seconds while whisking constantly. Gradually add in the milk, whisking until the mixture comes together and is smooth before adding more. Repeat until all the liquid's been incorporated.
  • Cook over medium heat, whisking until mixture thickens and bubbles. Remove the skillet from heat, and immediately stir in the cheeses, mustard, salt, & hot sauce. Stir until the cheese is completely melted and the sauce is totally smooth.
  • Add the pasta to the skillet, tossing to coat. Serve immediately.


Calories: 590kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 1007mg | Potassium: 363mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 725IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 491mg | Iron: 1.8mg