Panera Mac & Cheese
40 mins (prep 15, cooking 25)
10 ingredients
6 servings
I have been looking for this yummy, very filling recipe and finally found it on a People magazine website. I think it tastes exactly like Panera, especially when reheated. Don't forget to add milk when reheating.I am writing this recipe as published, adding my little notes.12/13/11 - I am changing the hot sauce to optional...The second time I made this, my DH put a little more than the 1/4 tsp (probably 1 extra drop) and all you could taste was hot sauce. I started making it without the hot sauce and it's fine.

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  • 1 (16 ounce) small shell pasta
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 cups 2% low-fat milk (i used 1% milk)
  • 6 slices american cheese, chopped (i used land o lakes white, presliced from the deli)
  • 1 cup extra-sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded (i used an 8 oz block of cabot vermont extra sharp and cut into small pieces for better melting)
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard (i used a store brand)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce (optional-i do not add this anymore. if you add too much then all you taste is the hot sauce)
  • paprika (optional-i chose not to used it)


Serving Size (63.99 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 256.61 Calories from Fat 191.07
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21.23g 196.0%
Saturated Fat 13.4g 401.96%
Trans Fat 0.32g %
Cholesterol 62.64mg 125.29%
Sodium 724.74mg 181.18%
Total Carbohydrate 5.95g 11.9%
Dietary Fiber 0.27 g 6.48%
Sugars 0.25 g %
Protein 10.73g 128.8%
Vitamin A 643.44IU% Vitamin C 0.04mg%
Calcium 289.43mg% Iron 0.63mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
small shell pasta, low-fat milk, american cheese