Thursday, January 19, 2012

Recipe Test Drive: Panera's Ultimate Mac & Cheese!

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

  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  2. Melt butter over low heat. Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute, whisking constantly.
  3. Gradually whisk in milk (or cream); cook over medium heat, whisking until mixture thickens and bubbles. Remove from heat.
  4. Add cheeses, mustard, salt, and hot sauce, stirring until cheese melts and sauce is smooth.
  5. Stir in pasta and cook over medium heat for 1 minute (or until thoroughly heated).
Serves 4 to 6

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2 gave me some sugar:

Christina said...

WOW I can't believe they posted their recipe! You mean I don't have to pay $5 for 3 spoonfuls anymore? YAY! Did it taste like theres when you made it? Dijon mustard and hot sauce - I never would've guessed.

Lindsay said...

It was great! Just as good as Panera's! Try it! :)