This copycat Panera mac and cheese tastes just like the original, for a fraction of the price!
Prep Time10 minutesmins
Cook Time10 minutesmins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: cheese, mac and cheese, macaroni and cheese, pasta
Author: Kasey Schwartz
12ouncesdried pipette rigateButoni or medium shells pasta
8ounceswhite cheddar cheeseI like Cracker Barrel
8sliceswhite American cheese4 1/2 ounces
1/2teaspoonground dry mustard
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Season the water with 2 tablespoons salt, and add the pasta. Cook until the pasta is al dente. Drain and set aside (do not rinse pasta).
Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk to form a thick, smooth paste without lumps. Cook for 2 minutes, or until fragrant but not browned. Reduce heat to medium-low and add milk, cream, mustard, and 1 teaspoon salt. Continue to whisk until the sauce begins to bubble and thicken, about 5 minutes.
Add the cheeses and stir with a spatula until all the cheese is melted.