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Panera Stove Top Mac and Cheese April 16, 2013

Filed under: Main Dish,Recipes — admin @ 3:28 pm

My son absolutely loved this. So easy to make and so much better than the boxed.

Panera Stove Top Mac and Cheese

Serves 4 - 6
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Website Panera

Ingredients

  • 16oz pipette pasta or other small pasta shapes (I used medium sized shells)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk, heavy cream, or half-and-half (I used 1% milk)
  • 4oz white American cheese, chopped or torn into pieces
  • 8oz extra sharp white Vermont cheddar, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce (I used Frank's)

Directions

Step 1
In a large stockpot, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well.
Step 2
While the pasta cooks, melt the butter in a 4-quart sauce pan over medium heat. When the butter has melted and has started to bubble, whisk in the flour; cook for 1 1/2 minutes whisking constantly. Gradually whisk in the milk until no lumps remain. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook milk mixture, whisking frequently, until it thickens and bubbles, about 8 minutes.
Step 3
Remove sauce pan from the heat and by the handful, stir in the cheeses allowing all of the cheese to melt into the sauce before adding more. Stir in the mustard, salt, and hot sauce. Return the sauce pan to the heat and stir in the pasta. Be sure to stir up the sauce from the bottom of the sauce pan and thoroughly coat all of the pasta with sauce. Cook for 1-2 minutes over medium-low heat until heated through. Serve hot in bowls with spoons.
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