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Creamy broccoli mac and cheese in bowl
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5 from 2 votes

Panera Broccoli Mac and Cheese

Panera broccoli mac and cheese is so delicious, creamy, and addictive. I just had to try and replicate this recipe at home.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: pasta, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 512kcal
Author: Savory With Soul


  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup onion chopped (about ½ of large onion)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups macaroni uncooked
  • 2 cups broccoli fresh, small pieces
  • ½ cup carrot shredded
  • 1 cup whole milk or cream
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese sharp, shredded
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded


  • Heat a large Dutch oven or heavy pot to medium heat.
  • Add 2 Tablespoons of the butter and let melt.
  • Add onion, stir, and cook 5 minutes or until translucent and softened but not browned.
  • Turn down heat to low-medium (about 2).
  • Add broth, paprika, garlic powder, broccoli, carrot, and macaroni. Stir and cover.
  • Cook 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  • Check for doneness. Add cheeses and the rest of the butter (1 Tablespoon). Stir together.
  • Turn heat off. Cover and let sit until cheeses melt (about 5 minutes).
  • Once cheese is melted, stir in milk and cover about 5 minutes to warm. Stir again before serving.


Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 1014mg | Potassium: 514mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2810IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 456mg | Iron: 2mg