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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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    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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    S Ali 6 months ago
    Very creamy! I used pepperjack cheese instead and a garlic clove. Still yummy. Picky Kids loved it!
    Ehlke 9 months ago
    Excellent, I added a clove of garlic and about 1/2 cup pecorino Romano as well
    Terry 9 months ago
    Tastes great! Just like the “real” thing
    Sheena Harris a year ago
    it was amazing! made it exactly the same. kids loved it
    Rachel a year ago
    It was good... could use more flavour tho
    Tareq a year ago
    Insanely delicious. I love this recipe. My daughters and wife love it too
    Michele Pryor a year 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 a year ago
    Easiest I have ever made and came out so good
    Kate a year ago
    My family loved it! I added about 1/4 cup extra cheese. It tastes just like the panera mac and cheese.
    Loren a year 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 a year ago
    Easy instructions and turned out as it should!
    LoveFoodAndDogs a year 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 2 years ago
    Amazing!! I used Monterey Jack cheese
    Chanel Hutchison 2 years ago
    Super easy and delicious
    Becky M. 2 years ago
    Easy and quick. Delicious with whole milk and using Pepper Jack cheese
    Matt 2 years ago
    Cheese sauce was creamy, just the way I like it.
    Juliana Avila 2 years 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 2 years ago
    i used Swiss because I'm in Switzerland and cheddar isn't easily available. didn't matter though it tasted AMAAAZING!
    Larry R. 2 years ago
    Spot on for Panera! Super easy and good
    Patricia Duffy 2 years ago
    Skipped cream and butter used a little evaporated and 2% milk. Still really good. Oh, and onion powder.
    Stella Skardasis 2 years ago
    Very Yummly!! I would totally make it again! I very large portion though.
    Evan Bennett 2 years 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!
    Berreth 2 years ago
    Great! I made a few minor changes and doubled the recipe but it was amazing! Definitely a new family favorite!
    Krystal Toney 2 years 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 2 years ago
    This has got to be some of the best macoroni and cheese I have ever made.
    Karlee Eckler 2 years ago
    Creamy and delicious
    Rachel 2 years 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 Roberts 2 years 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 2 years ago
    This was literally so good!!! Definitely making it again.
    Johnson 2 years ago
    Tasted great! Much better hot. I would suggest microwaving it once it cools even a little bit.