Panera Mac n Cheese

Dinner time

I’ve had this recipe saved for a while because my baby girl is the biggest fan of Panera. I used to be, but sadly, they keep changing the menu and their prices keep rising or the portions get smaller.

Its reached the point where Panera is her reward meal, always the mac n cheese, but I’ve been hoping for a copycat recipe! I finally found this one and girls weekend is the perfect time to try it out.

Recipe requirements:

  • 1 lb shells
  • 2 C sharp, white cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 C flour
  • 1 C milk
  • 2 C heavy cream
  • 1/4 C butter

Start by melting your butter, then whisking in your flour. Add the milk, cream, salt, and pepper. Mix well and let simmer. I actually grated my own cheese for this, so wow for that! Add in the cheese, stirring as it melts.

Side note: this recipe was way too cheesy, even for my baby girl, so next time I’ll be cutting the amount of cheese to 1C.

Add the cheese to your cooked shells, and enjoy!