Panera Signature Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Looking for an easy Panera Signature Macaroni and Cheese recipe? Learn how to make Panera Signature Macaroni and Cheese using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by kalihali

Makes 12 servings



Suppose to be similar to Panera Bread's white mac and cheese.

Recipe Ingredients for Panera Signature Macaroni and Cheese

11 oz pasta shells (small)
4 tbsp butter
6 tbsp flour
1 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream
4 oz (grated) sharp white cheddar cheese
4 oz (grated) American cheese
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp white pepper

Recipe Directions for Panera Signature Macaroni and Cheese

  1. Boil pasta shells until just cooked and tender. Drain.

  2. In a microwave safe cup or bowl, microwave on high 4 TB butter with 6 TB flour for 2 minutes, stopping halfway to whisk. Whisk again when the roux is done.

  3. Mix 1 cup milk and 1 cup heavy cream together. Pour mixture into the roux very slowly, whisking all the time.

  4. Microwave mixture 1 minute at a time, stirring between minutes until the sauce becomes thick and creamy. (should take between 4 and 6 minutes)

  5. While sauce is hot, add grated cheddar and American cheese in small handlfuls while stirring to melt all cheese into the sauce. If all of the cheese does not melt completely, you can heat the whole mixture up a little bit and keep stirring.

  6. The sauce should be liquidy and creamy, and have a taste that is not too sharp. You want to taste the cheddar but not have it be overpowering.

  7. Season sauce with a pinch of white pepper and a pinch of salt. Mix pasta shells and sauce together in serving dish.

Categories

Cheese, Pasta, Side Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 83.9g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
237
Calories from Fat
127
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
14.1g
22%
Saturated Fat
8.5g
43%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
62mg
21%
Sodium
248mg
10%
Potassium
127mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates
19.3g
6%
Dietary Fiber
0.1g
0%
Sugars
1.8g
Protein
8.4g
Vitamin A 10% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 16% Iron 7%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B-
  Good points
  • Low in sugar
  •   Bad points
  • High in saturated fat
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