Panera has been one of my favorite lunchtime spots for quite a while now. I always say that Panera is my favorite fast food restaurant but really it’s unfair to put Panera into the same category as McDonalds, Burger King and the like. Their food is infinitely better. I love almost every soup, salad and sandwich on Panera’s menu. But my very favorite thing to order? The mac and cheese. You can only imagine how excited I was to come across the recipe for Panera’s mac and cheese a few months back.
I love Panera’s mac and cheese recipe for a few reasons. First, it is made on the stovetop and only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. I love baked mac and cheese (especially my mom’s recipe) but it’s also nice to have a go-to stovetop recipe in your repertoire. Second, the white cheese sauce is perfectly creamy and delicious. The dijon mustard adds a little bit of tang but you can cut back on the amount below if you are not a fan. If you love Panera’s mac and cheese as much as I do or even if you have never tried if before, this is a recipe you definitely want to keep around.