We’re exactly one week away from Christmas and now starts the mad rush to finish all your holiday shopping and planning. The week before Christmas I usually never have time to cook a full meal so now’s the time when super quick and easy recipes come in handy.
Today’s secret recipe (below) is a simple and delicious dish from the menu at Panera Bread. Everyone loves macaroni and cheese and Panera’s version tastes so much better than any store-bought version.
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New Secret Recipe
1 16 oz. package of rigati pasta (or other small pasta shells)
1/4 Cup butter
1/2 Cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 Cups 2% reduced fat milk (or cream)
6 slices white American cheese, chopped
1 Cup (8 oz.) shredded extra-sharp white Vermont cheddar
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. hot sauce
Cook pasta according to directions on box or bag.
Melt the butter over low heat, and stir in flour. Cook for one minute. Gradually stir in milk or cream, whichever you choose to use. Cook over medium heat, stirring until mixture thickens and bubbles. Remove from heat.
Add cheeses, mustard, salt, and hot sauce, stirring until cheese melts and sauce is smooth. Stir in cooked pasta and cook over medium heat for 1 minute (or until thoroughly heated). Serve warm.
Until Next Time… Be Well!
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