DIY Panera Bread Mac & Cheese Recipe

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Kids love mac and cheese. A quick go to recipe that matches Panera Bread Mac and Cheese, what else can you ask for?

Boil (1) pound of noodles. Any work, my children love shells or the airplane noodles from Meijers. Boil as directed on the package. Drain. Set aside.

In a large pot, melt 4 Tablespoons of butter. Add 1/4 Cup of flour. Stir and begin to brown the flour. Once it begins to color, whisk in 2 Cups of whole milk, 1 Cup of heavy cream, and 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard. Heat. Stir continuously.

As the liquid warms, shredd 2 Cups of White Sharp Cheddar and 1 Cup of White American cheese. Add 1 teaspoon of kisher salt to your liquid mixture, stir and add cheeses to the warm liquid. Stir until melted. Once the creamy mixture smooths, immediately add your noodles. Remove from heat. Stir.

Serve hot. Enjoy! Happy Homemaking!