Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins

I have been looking for this yummy, very filling recipe and finally found it on a People magazine website. I think it tastes exactly like Panera, especially when reheated. Don't forget to add milk when reheating. I am writing this recipe as published, adding my little notes. 12/13/11 - I am changing the hot sauce to optional...The second time I made this, my DH put a little more than the 1/4 tsp (probably 1 extra drop) and all you could taste was hot sauce. I started making it without the hot sauce and it's fine.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  2. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over low heat. (I just used a regular pan) Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute, whisking constantly.
  3. Gradually whisk in milk, cook over medium heat, whisking until mixture thickens and is bubbly. Remove from heat.
  4. Add cheeses, mustard, salt, and hot sauce, stirring until cheese melts and sauce is smooth.
  5. Stir in pasta and cook over medium heat, 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with paprika if desired. Serve immediately.
Most Helpful

Definitely not panera Mac and cheese. Mustard flavor is very over powering, gives it a very tangy taste. Was extremely disappointed in this recipe.

mcart0701 October 24, 2015

I just made this and I'm so incredibly disappointed! It has a weird tangy taste to it, I guess from the mustard. I even tried adding more cheese, salt and milk and now it just tastes ok. Definitely not worth it for all the calories. It does not taste like Panera mac n cheese at all.

mirandaj September 11, 2015

Thanks, it tastes great. It was a fun and simple recipe.

Alicia P. July 01, 2015