Alright folks, this is **THE** recipe for Panera's Mac & Cheese. I got it from their website a while back when they posted it for a short time! You MUST try this Panera's Mac & Cheese Recipe.

Panera Mac & Cheese

Copycat Panera's Mac and Cheese Recipe: this is their recipe for their famous rich and creamy Mac and Cheese. So good, you'll love it.
Course Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine America
Keyword comfort food, copycat recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 455kcal
Author Jillian - a Food, Folks and Fun original!


  • 1 pound medium shells pasta
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk anything but skim milk
  • 4 ounces (about 6 slices) sliced white American cheese from the deli counter, cut into thin strips
  • 8 oz extra-sharp white Vermont cheddar shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard optional
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce optional


  • Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  • In large saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute, whisking constantly.
  • Gradually whisk in milk; cook over medium heat, whisking until mixture thickens and bubbles. Remove from heat.
  • Add cheeses, mustard, salt, and hot sauce, stirring until cheese melts and sauce is smooth.
  • Stir in pasta and cook over medium heat for 1 minute (or until thoroughly heated). Serve immediately.



Calories: 455kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 1060mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 859IU | Calcium: 612mg | Iron: 2mg