This Mac and Cheese Bread Bowl is a copycat of the menu item at Panera Bread so you can skip the takeout. It’s a fabulous way to serve mac and cheese for a satisfying lunch or dinner idea! 

Mac and Cheese Bread Bowl - a delicious and fun way to serve your favorite mac and cheese

Mac and Cheese is so delicious although can benefit from creative serving ideas. Here we’ve made a copycat of the Mac and Cheese Bread Bowl from Panera Bread restaurants, so you can make it at home.

Using some hacks like making pasta in the microwave, we’ve got the total preparation time down to about 15 minutes. It’s a meal by itself!

You can use your favorite round bread loaf from the bakery or supermarket. Sourdough is the classic, but white works well too.

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This Broccoli Mac and Cheese Bread Bowl is a copycat of the menu item at Panera Bread so you can skip the takeout and make it at home
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Broccoli Mac and Cheese in a Bread Bowl

This Mac and Cheese Bread Bowl is a copycat of the menu item at Panera Bread so you can skip the takeout. It's a fabulous way to serve mac and cheese for a satisfying lunch or dinner idea! 
Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Servings: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 round bread loaves, 6-8 inch size
  • 1 1/2 cups macaroni pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup frozen broccoli
  • red pepper flakes, optional

Instructions

  • Make the bread bowl by slicing off the top with a serrated knife. Remove the insides of the bread with your fingers.
  • In a medium microwaveable bowl, add pasta, water and salt. 
  • Microwave in 2-minute intervals until cooked.
  • Pour in the milk and garlic powder and mix. 
  • Stir in the cheese and thawed broccoli and microwave for 30 seconds or until creamy.
  • Spoon the macaroni and cheese into the bread bowl and top with optional red pepper flakes or desired toppings. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Broccoli Mac and Cheese in a Bread Bowl
Amount Per Serving
Calories 474 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 1151mg48%
Potassium 349mg10%
Carbohydrates 64g21%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 330IU7%
Calcium 472mg47%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Author: Cindy
Course: Main Course
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