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This Panera Copy Cat Recipe for Mac n Cheese is so DELICIOUS and EASY that you will never make it any other way. The secret ingredient makes it super yum. Learn how to make the best MAC & CHEESE in the town with least effort and big flavors. Do not forget to watch the Video for a quick overview. #macandcheese #macncheese #panerabreadcopycatrecipes #panerabreadmacncheese #pastarecipes #kidsfriendlyrecipes #cheesyrecipes
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Mac n Cheese - Panera Bread Copy Cat Recipe

This Panera Copy Cat Recipe for Mac n Cheese is so DELICIOUS and EASY that you will never make it any other way. The secret ingredient makes it super yum. Learn how to make the best MAC & CHEESE in the town with least effort and big flavors. Do not forget to watch the Video for a quick overview.
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: simplyvegetarian777

Ingredients

  • 1 pound/ 16 ounce Pasta Shells or Elbow Macaroni
  • 1/4 Cup Butter
  • 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 3 Cups Milk Use full fat for creamier texture
  • 2 Cups Cheddar Cheese crumbled or shredded
  • 1/2 tsp or to taste Black pepper powder freshly crushed preferred
  • To Taste Salt I used about 1 tsp salt
  • 1&1/2 tsp Mustard Sauce this is the secret ingredient

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients before starting the cooking.

Pasta

  • Boil pasta as per the package instructions. Do not overboil it. Make it al-dante. Drain and set aside. It takes about 20 minutes from start to finish to boil the pasta including the time to boil water. When the pasta is boiling, you can work on Cheesy Bechamel Sauce.

Cheesy Bechamel Sauce

  • Take the heavy bottom steel cooking pan. Melt butter in it over medium heat.
  • Once the butter is melted, add all purpose flour to the pan and mix it well using a wire whisk. Cook it on medium heat for 3 minutes while mixing it continuously. Refer to the video above.
  • Now add milk to the pan, 1 cup at a time and keep stirring. Stir quickly so that no lumps are formed. Refer to the video above. Keep the heat on the stove at medium the whole time. Cook the sauce till it thickens slightly. 
  • Add salt, black pepper powder and mustard sauce to the pan and give a good mix to it. Now add cheese to the sauce, little bit at a time. Keep mixing with the wire whisk to mix well.
  • Keep the heat at medium-low until cheese is melted well. Switch off the heat.
  • Now add boiled and drained pasta to the cheesy bechamel sauce. Mix pasta and sauce well.
  • Your Panera Bread Style Mac n Cheese is ready. Serve it warm. You can add dried parsley or basil or any other seasoning of your choice for more flavor. But you can not beat the classic Mac n cheese.
    This Panera Copy Cat Recipe for Mac n Cheese is so DELICIOUS and EASY that you will never make it any other way. The secret ingredient makes it super yum. Learn how to make the best MAC & CHEESE in the town with least effort and big flavors. Do not forget to watch the Video for a quick overview. #macandcheese #macncheese #panerabreadcopycatrecipes #panerabreadmacncheese #pastarecipes #kidsfriendlyrecipes #cheesyrecipes