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Panera Style Mac and Cheese


  • Author: Jenna
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 min
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
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Ingredients

  • 8 oz. package shell pasta
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4  cups 2% milk
  • 2 oz. white American cheese, chopped into small pieces
  • 4 oz. extra-sharp white Vermont cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1  tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/2  tsp. kosher salt
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  • 1/8  tsp. hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente, drain and return to the pot; set aside. 6 to 8 minutes 
  2. Melt butter over low heat until it starts to bubble.  Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute, whisking constantly.
  3. Slowly whisk in milk and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens and bubbles, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in cheeses, a little bit at a time, stirring until cheese melts completely. Add mustard, salt, and hot sauce, and stir until well combined and sauce is smooth.
  5. Pour cheese sauce over pasta and stir to combine. Serve immediately.
  6. Makes 4 servings. Serving size: 1 cup

Notes

myWW: 14 points (all 3 plans) 

Serving Size: 1 cup 

  • Category: Easy
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 467
  • Sugar: 6.2g
  • Fat: 22.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 13.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 50.8g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Protein: 19.4g

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