Panera Bread’s Signature Macaroni & Cheese


  •  1 13.25 ounce package shell pasta or other pasta
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2½ cups fat-free milk
  • 6 slices Cheddar cheese, chopped(orange or yellow coloured)
  • 1 cup shredded extra-sharp white cheddar
  • 1 tablespoon country Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon hot sauce



  1. Prepare pasta per package directions, drain.

  2. In a large pot, melt butter over low heat. Once melted, whisk in flour and cook for one minute, whisking constantly.

  3. Slowly whisk in milk, cooking over medium heat (and continuing to whisk) until the mixture bubbles and thickens.

  4. Remove pot from heat.

  5. Add cheeses, mustard, salt and hot sauce. Stir until cheese is melted and all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

  6. Add pasta and stir to ensure that all pasta is evenly coated with sauce.

 Serve and scarf down immediately