Copycat Panera Mac & Cheese

Copycat Panera Mac & Cheese


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Skip the lines at Panera and create their delicious spiral mac & cheese from your home! Use plenty of sharp cheddar cheese to make a creamy white sauce.

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Time needed

10 min preparation + 15 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

8 servings


  • 1/4 C. butter
  • 1/4 C. flour
  • 1 C. milk
  • 2 C. heavy cream
  • 2 C. shredded white cheddar
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 lb. cavatappi pasta, cooked

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Cook the pasta according to the directions and set aside. Make the sauce by adding the butter to a large pot over medium. Whisk in the flour and cook for one minute. Reduce the heat to medium and add the milk, heavy cream, salt, dry mustard, and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and gradually add the white cheddar until melted. Add the pasta and stir until coated. Season with extra salt and pepper before serving.

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