I love mac and cheese so I was super psyched when Panera posted their recipe on their web site. I've never made a mac and cheese with American Cheese before, but it was really really good. As in, start boiling your water, you're making this tonight good :)
Recipe (copied from their site):
Panera Bread’s Signature Macaroni & Cheese
Adapted by Head Chef Dan Kish
- 1 (16-ounce) package of rigati pasta (or other small pasta shells)
- ¼ cup butter
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 2½ cups 2% reduced fat milk (or cream)
- 6 slices white American cheese, chopped
- 1 cup (8 ounces) shredded extra-sharp white Vermont cheddar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon hot sauce
- Prepare pasta according to package directions.
- Melt butter over low heat. Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute, whisking constantly.
- Gradually whisk in milk (or cream); cook over medium heat, whisking until mixture thickens and bubbles. Remove from heat.
- Add cheeses, mustard, salt, and hot sauce, stirring until cheese melts and sauce is smooth.
- Stir in pasta and cook over medium heat for 1 minute (or until thoroughly heated).
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