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Copycat Panera Macaroni and Cheese


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  • 1/4 c unsalted butter
  • 1/4 c all purpose flour
  • 1 c fat free milk
  • 2 c heavy cream
  • 2 c shredded white cheddar (cabot sharp is really good)
  • 1/2 t kosher salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1 t dry mustard
  • 1 lb pasta, cooked (shells or elbow)


Preparation time 5mins
Cooking time 25mins


Step 1

Cook pasta according to pkg directions while making the sauce. Drain and set aside.

In a large pot on med high heat add butter until melted. Whisk in the flour and cook for about one min. Reduce heat to med and add milk, heavy cream, salt, mustard and pepper. Continue whisking until it begins to bubble. Reduce to low and add white cheddar. Stir until melted. Add cooked pasta stirring until combined. Remove from heat and allow to sit about 5 min to thicken. Season with more salt and pepper if desired.


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