Super creamy and cheesy, this easy macaroni and cheese recipe is a dead ringer for the Panera classic!
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American Classic
Keyword: Stove top macaroni and cheese
Author: Amanda Dorich
12ouncespasta shells or macaroni
8slices white American cheesecut into pieces
4ounces Vermont extra sharp cheddarcut from a block and shredded yourself
salt and pepper to taste
Boil water in a large saucepan and add pasta. Cook to al dente according to package instructions.
While pasta cooks, make the cheese sauce. Melt butter in a saucepan. Once melted, add flour. Whisk until combined and golden and cook for a couple of minutes. Stir in milk and bring to a low boil. Simmer for 5-6 minutes, or until thickened. Stir in dijon and hot sauce.
Turn off the heat. Add cheese and stir until cheeses are completely melted. Add cooked pasta and stir to coat completely. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve as a side dish to compliment your favorite protein, or as a main dish topped with bacon, chicken or anything else you love.