Panera Mac and Cheese

Carolyn pinned this on Pinterest and I had to try it, despite the approximately 1,000 fat grams per serving.    http://www.smells-like-home.com/2012/02/paneras-stove-top-mac-and-cheese/   Here’s my finished dinner.  I’ve never had mac and cheese at Panera-so I can’t compare it to theirs.  I’m more of a Asiago Roast Beef orderer!  Or greek salad….yum!

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The only things I changed were to use jack cheese instead of american, horseradish mustard instead of dijon, and added more hot sauce.  When I copied the recipe down I had to laugh at my shorthand.  Make white sauce, add cheese.  The only thing I think I would change next time would be to add a bit more milk as the sauce was a tiny bit too thick for my taste.

Don’t you love making roux?  It always leads to something creamy and delicious.

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And then to make it better, add some Cabot seriously sharp cheddar and monterey jack  cheese to the white sauce…  I don’t remember the last time I bought american cheese, many years ago I think.

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I am going to freeze some of it in single serving containers, hope the sauce texture will be OK after reheating.

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2 Responses to Panera Mac and Cheese

  1. carolynell says:

    Yum! I’m glad you liked it. I tried not to think about all the fat when I made it!

  2. Kim says:

    Everything is better with more hot sauce 🙂

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