Copycat Panera Macaroni and Cheese Recipe | Yummly

Copycat Panera Macaroni and Cheese

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  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk (I used skim)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups white cheddar (shredded, I used Cabot seriously sharp cheddar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 pound pasta (cooked, cavatapppi, shells, or elbow)
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    NutritionView More

    Sodium16% DV380mg
    Fat68% DV44g
    Protein35% DV18g
    Carbs17% DV50g
    Fiber8% DV2g
    Calories660Calories from Fat400
    Total Fat44g68%
    Saturated Fat26g130%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat400
    Total Carbohydrate50g17%
    Dietary Fiber2g8%
    Vitamin A30%
    Vitamin C2%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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    Tareq a month ago
    Insanely delicious. I love this recipe. My daughters and wife love it too
    Michele P. 3 months ago
    Delicious! Easy to make and it was a hit with my family. I will definitely make this again. It was great with a side of steamed broccoli and some sliced BBQ chicken as a topping.
    CraftyChef 3 months ago
    Easiest I have ever made and came out so good
    Kate 3 months ago
    My family loved it! I added about 1/4 cup extra cheese. It tastes just like the panera mac and cheese.
    Loren 4 months ago
    Awesome copy cat recipe I love it the kids love it and it will pair great with my smoked pulled pork thanks for sharing with us
    Carissa 4 months ago
    Easy instructions and turned out as it should!
    LoveFoodAndDogs 5 months ago
    Turned out amazing! I did 1/2 white cheddar cheese and 1/2 Pepperjack cheese, just to give some additional flavor. Super easy to make and makes a big portion!
    Lauren Rexroad 5 months ago
    Amazing!! I used Monterey Jack cheese
    Chanel Hutchison 5 months ago
    Super easy and delicious
    Becky M. 5 months ago
    Easy and quick. Delicious with whole milk and using Pepper Jack cheese
    Matt 6 months ago
    Cheese sauce was creamy, just the way I like it.
    Juliana Avila 6 months ago
    So good! I skipped the mustard and it came out great! I also used mozzarella cheese, almond milk, and almond flour for substitutes and it came out just as yummy as the original one!
    Heba 6 months ago
    i used Swiss because I'm in Switzerland and cheddar isn't easily available. didn't matter though it tasted AMAAAZING!
    Larry R. 6 months ago
    Spot on for Panera! Super easy and good
    Patricia Duffy 7 months ago
    Skipped cream and butter used a little evaporated and 2% milk. Still really good. Oh, and onion powder.
    Stella Skardasis 7 months ago
    Very Yummly!! I would totally make it again! I very large portion though.
    Evan Bennett 7 months ago
    Turned out very well. I didn’t use heavy cream just 2% milk and eyeballed the salt, mustard and pepper. I will definitely make again soon!
    Stacie Berreth 7 months ago
    Great! I made a few minor changes and doubled the recipe but it was amazing! Definitely a new family favorite!
    Krystal Toney 7 months ago
    This was amazing my 1 year old loved it and him and his older brother are picky when it comes to their Mac and cheese
    Logan Castilleja 7 months ago
    This has got to be some of the best macoroni and cheese I have ever made.
    Karlee Eckler 8 months ago
    Creamy and delicious
    Rachel 8 months ago
    Followed the recipe as it said, doesn’t have much flavor and has a gritty texture from the flour. Honestly wouldn’t recommend.
    Gina Warriner 10 months ago
    SO YUM! Used a mix of sharp & medium cheddar instead of white cheddar. Will be our go-to mac-n-cheese recipe for sure, cuz we all loved it.
    Shannon Sullivan 10 months ago
    This was literally so good!!! Definitely making it again.
    Johnson a year ago
    Tasted great! Much better hot. I would suggest microwaving it once it cools even a little bit.
    Shannon DeBona a year ago
    Ended up super great and very yummy! I took it for Thanksgiving nd was so happy I made this version! I did top it with crushed up ritz cackers (mixed up with some butter) and threw it in oven (350 degrees for 30 mins).
    Angelica a year ago
    followed recipe, was not impressed at all. after tasting it i added mild cheddar cheese to the top of it and it was a bit better, but will not make again
    Danny B. a year ago
    Most awesome top it with some ritz crackers and enjoy
    Diana a year ago
    I’ve actually never had Panera’s Mac and cheese, so Idk how close this recipe is to the real thing, but it’s delicious! My kids don’t normally eat Mac and cheese (I know, weird), but my 3 year old ate this as leftovers for days! I used sharp cheddar cheese instead of white cheddar, but this is my new Mac and cheese recipe!
    Tasha a year ago
    I agree not exactly like Panera but still very good. It’s very cheesy but even more creamy. It reminded me of a cross between a fettuccine Alfredo and mac & cheese. Definitely better than boxed Mac and cheese