Instant Pot Panera Copycat White Cheesy Shells Recipe

This Instant Pot Panera Copycat White Cheesy Shells Recipe is quick and we personally think it tastes better, homemade and that says a lot!
Instant Pot Panera Copycat White Cheesy Shells Recipe

This Instant Pot Panera Copycat White Cheesy Shells recipe has that super rich, thick, and creamy cheese sauce.

Instant Pot pasta recipes make a simple pasta dinner even simpler.

You can make it all in one pot and no straining of the noodles!

Our kids even ask for this recipe by name because they love the macaroni from Panera Bread.

To add sides to this copycat macaroni recipe, I normally make up either our Apple Cranberry Walnut Green Chopped Salad Recipe, 30 Minute Homemade Rolls Recipe, or Slow Cooker Green Beans Recipe.

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Two bowls of macaroni

Ingredients Needed For Our Instant Pot Panera Copycat White Cheesy Shells:

  • Macaroni noodles (uncooked)
  • Chicken broth
  • Butter (unsalted)
  • Flour 
  • Milk
  • Heavy cream
  • Shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
  • Shredded parmesan cheese
  • Ground mustard
  • Salt
  • Pepper

How To Make Our Instant Pot Panera Copycat White Cheesy Shells:

Start by plugging in your Instant Pot and pour in the uncooked noodles and just enough chicken broth to cover the noodles. 

All ingredients needed for macaroni

Then, place the lid on the Instant Pot, turn the valve to the SEALING position and press the MANUAL button and set the timer to 4 minutes. 

Instant Pot set for 4 minutes

After the timer runs out, move the valve to the VENTING position and do a quick release of the pressure in the pot. 

Cheese and all ingredients needed for Instant Pot Panera Copycat white cheesy shells

When all the pressure has been released, pour the pasta into a separate bowl and set it aside. 

Then, press the SAUTE button and add the butter to the bottom of the Instant Pot and let it melt completely. 

Butter and flour for the Instant Pot Panera Copycat white Cheesy Shells

Once the butter is melted, slowly whisk in the flour until it is blended together.

Next, slowly add in the milk and heavy cream. Be sure to stir the mixture the whole time. This will make your Instant Pot Panera Copycat White Cheesy Shells recipe, really creamy!

cream added to the instant pot

Now, bring the mixture to a boil and continue stirring everything together until the flour mixture begins to thicken. 

Once it has thickened, add in the white cheddar cheese, ground mustard, salt, and pepper and mix it all together until it is smooth and creamy. 

Adding cheese to Instant pot filled with noodles

Now that the cheese sauce has been made, add the pasta back into the Instant Pot and mix it all together until all the pasta is covered in the cheese sauce. 

Instant Pot Panera Copycat White Cheesy Shells Recipe

After you combine the sauce and the noodles together it is ready to serve and top it with the Parmesan cheese and ground pepper! Enjoy your homemade Instant Pot Panera Copycat White Cheesy Shells.

bowl of macaroni in from of instant pot

Items Needed to Make this Instant Pot Panera Copycat White Cheesy Shells:

  1. Instant Pot (THIS is a great one!) 
  2. Wooden spoon

Tasty Homemade Chicken Broth 

While chicken broth in a can or container from the store will do perfectly fine with this recipe, you can also make your own! 

With this homemade chicken broth recipe from Taste of Home, add an extra special touch to this delicious copycat family dinner recipe!

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Panera Copycat Cheesy Shells

Serves:
8

Instant Pot Panera Copycat White Cheesy Shells Recipe

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5 from 1 vote

These Instant Pot Panera Copycat White Cheesy Shells are simple, and full of amazing cheesy flavor! All the deliciousness of eating out, in your own home!
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Total Time
15 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound macaroni uncooked
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 6 Tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 6 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups shredded white sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  • Place pasta in Instant Pot and pour enough chicken broth over the pasta that it just covers the pasta.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot and secure in place. Turn the vent to SEALING. Press the MANUAL button and set the timer for 4 minutes. 
  • When cooking is finished, move the vent to VENTING and do a QUICK RELEASE of the pressure. 
  • Remove the pasta from the Instant Pot and set aside.
  • Press the SAUTE button and add butter to the bottom of the pot and let the butter melt.
  • Slowly whisk in the flour until blended, and then slowly add in the milk and cream, stirring the whole time.
  • Bring mixture to a boil and continue stirring until it starts to thicken. Add in cheese, mustard, salt, and pepper and mix until smooth.
  • Add cooked pasta back until the cheese sauce and stir until all pasta is covered in cheese sauce.
  • Serve topped with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and ground pepper.

Notes

  • While chicken broth in a can or container from the store will do perfectly fine with this recipe, you can also make your own!

Nutrition

Calories: 717 kcal
·
Carbohydrates: 53 g
·
Protein: 23 g
·
Fat: 46 g
·
Saturated Fat: 28 g
·
Cholesterol: 148 mg
·
Sodium: 1116 mg
·
Potassium: 367 mg
·
Fiber: 2 g
·
Sugar: 5 g
·
Vitamin A: 1617 IU
·
Vitamin C: 7 mg
·
Calcium: 479 mg
·
Iron: 1 mg

Equipment

  • Instant Pot
  • Wooden Mixing Spoon

Recipe Details

Course:
Side Dish
Cuisine:
American

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Instant Pot Panera White Cheesy Shells

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