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Panera Mac and Cheese Recipe | @gogogogourmet

White Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Author Jacqueline


  • 1 lb medium shells
  • 4 T butter
  • 4 T flour
  • 5 cups whole milk
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 1/3 lb white Vermont cheese shredded
  • 3/4 lb white American cheese shredded


  • Cook macaroni in a large pot of salted water until al dente.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, cook for 1 minute to eliminate the raw flour taste, then reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Slowly pour in your milk, whisking continuously to make sure the mixture is smooth. Simmer slowly until mixture begins to thicken. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Turn heat to low. Add cheeses, one handful at a time, whisking until cheeses are fully melted and incorporated before adding the next handful. 
  • Drain pasta and stir into sauce. If mixture is too thick after adding pasta, add more milk, 2 T at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Mixture will continue to thicken as it stands and cools.