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

5 5

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

5 5

I have been making this for about a year now. This is a regular request of the teenagers that come and go through my home. Make sure you cook the flour and butter well so you have a smooth cheese sauce with no after taste. Add milk if it gets thick to reheat. Recommend highly.

4 5

This was pure comfort food. Made as directed other than using 1% milk and 8 oz of white cheddar instead of 1 cup as listed in the recipe. I also skipped the hot sauce. Thanks for sharing. Made for PAC Spring 2013.