So, let’s just start this by saying that our Panera Bread has a drive-thru. It’s bad for my wallet. I don’t like fast-food, but I like food to be fast. Especially with two kids and there is NO way I’m getting out of the car with both kids to grab food. Forget that, I’d rather go home.
So Panera’s drive-thru is both the answer to my prayers and a huge nightmare. But it’s mostly a good thing.
And their mac and cheese! Oh my, their mac and cheese. It is soooo good. Ultra creamy and so amazingly delicious. I usually order it for E but I always snag a bite or two before giving it to her. Don’t tell!
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk (I used skim)
2 cup heavy cream
2 cup shredded white cheddar (I used Cabot seriously sharp cheddar)
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp dry mustard
1lb, pasta, cooked (cavatapppi, shells, or elbow)
Cook pasta according to package directions while making the sauce. Drain and set aside until ready to use.
In a large pot on medium high heat, add butter until melted. Whisk in the flour and cook for about one minute. Reduce heat to medium and add milk, heavy cream, salt, dry mustard and pepper. Continue whisking until it begins to bubble. Reduce to low and add white cheddar. Stir until melted.
Add cooked pasta, stirring until combined. Remove from heat and allow to sit about 5 minutes to thicken. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired. ENJOY.
SERVING SIZE: 1
Amount Per Serving: CALORIES: 519 TOTAL FAT: 39g SATURATED FAT: 24g TRANS FAT: 1g UNSATURATED FAT: 12g CHOLESTEROL: 115mg SODIUM: 379mg CARBOHYDRATES: 29g FIBER: 1g SUGAR: 2g PROTEIN: 14g