Panera Mac & Cheese Recipe

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Panera Mac & Cheese
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  1. In a large stockpot, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well.
  2. While the pasta cooks, melt the butter in a 4-quart sauce pan over medium heat. When the butter has melted and has started to bubble, whisk in the flour; cook for 1 1/2 minutes whisking constantly. Gradually whisk in the milk until no lumps remain. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook milk mixture, whisking frequently, until it thickens and bubbles, about 8 minutes.
  3. Remove sauce pan from the heat and by the handful, stir in the cheeses allowing all of the cheese to melt into the sauce before adding more. Stir in the mustard, salt, and hot sauce. Return the sauce pan to the heat and stir in the pasta. Be sure to stir up the sauce from the bottom of the sauce pan and thoroughly coat all of the pasta with sauce. Cook for 1-2 minutes over medium-low heat until heated through. Serve hot in bowls with spoons.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 2875.84 Kcal (12041 kJ)
Calories from fat 712.09 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 79.12g 122%
Cholesterol 214.37mg 71%
Sodium 4185.74mg 174%
Potassium 1035.68mg 22%
Total Carbs 402.95g 134%
Sugars 38.89g 156%
Dietary Fiber 17.89g 72%
Protein 152.38g 305%
Vitamin C 1.2mg 2%
Vitamin A 0.6mg 19%
Iron 16.9mg 94%
Calcium 775.9mg 78%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 204.07 Kcal (854 kJ)
Calories from fat 50.53 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.61g 122%
Cholesterol 15.21mg 71%
Sodium 297.02mg 174%
Potassium 73.49mg 22%
Total Carbs 28.59g 134%
Sugars 2.76g 156%
Dietary Fiber 1.27g 72%
Protein 10.81g 305%
Vitamin C 0.1mg 2%
Iron 1.2mg 94%
Calcium 55.1mg 78%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 63.3
  • 77

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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