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November 24th, 2012, 01:15 PM
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Panera makes my absolute favorite Macaroni and Cheese. It's just amazing! I've tried about 5 or 6 different recipes to duplicate it with no luck...until now! I found this recipe on their website, and it's PERFECT! I think I'll increase the sharp cheddar to 10 or 12 ounces next time, but even with the 8 ounces the recipe recommends, it got rave reviews. As a plus, most of these ingredients are things we have around the house (just not the white cheeses).

The Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese :: Articles & Tips :: MyPanera

Panera Bread’s Signature Macaroni & Cheese
Adapted by Head Chef Dan Kish

Ingredients
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

Directions
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 (We think this would serve around 8 people, and we used a 12 oz. package of pasta instead of the 16 oz. package the recipe recommends.)
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November 24th, 2012, 03:25 PM
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Mmmm that sounds awesome! It may even be something I could take a stab at preparing!
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Wow that sounds decadent! I may have to try that some time, but right now it just sounds like it would make me tired. Haha.
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November 24th, 2012, 05:21 PM
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This sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing this!
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November 24th, 2012, 07:10 PM
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I would be in heaven to have Panera Mac and Cheese at home!
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November 25th, 2012, 05:57 AM
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I would be in heaven to have Panera Mac and Cheese at home!
I am!! Another perk of this recipe...it tastes just as amazing the second day! Usually I don't like Macaroni and Cheese the second day-it gets more oily and less creamy/cheesy. Not this stuff. It's pure awesomeness.
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November 28th, 2012, 08:05 AM
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Totally trying this, may do it tonight!
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Totally trying this, may do it tonight!
Let me know how you like it!

I made another batch with unsalted butter....nope, you definitely need salted. DH still thought it was amazing and has eaten all of it within 1.5 days.
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November 29th, 2012, 07:42 AM
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Have you tried Martha Stewart's mac&cheese recipe? It's awesome. My hubby doesn't like mac&cheese very much, but he eats the heck outta this. It's time consuming but totally worth it.
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November 29th, 2012, 10:23 AM
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That does look good...but I don't regularly have those ingredients on hand! Maybe a special occasion.
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I make it for holidays since the serving size is enormous, but it's easy to cut in half.
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I make it for holidays since the serving size is enormous, but it's easy to cut in half.
Good to know! I'll add this to my recipe binder. Thanks!
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that sounds super good!
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