I don’t know a bout you, but I love Panera! I love their sandwiches, soups, and sides. Their macaroni and cheese is quite outstanding and creamy. After ordering the side recently I went home wanting to find a copycat recipe for the dish.. but I didn’t have to… as it turns out, Panera is quite willing to share the recipe with everyone. I made it too – I did not have the exact cheeses – I used yellow American cheese instead of white American cheese, and it still turned out quite close to the one they sell. They use shells in the recipe, but you could use any pasta you like. The surprising ingredient in the Panera recipe is a dash of Frank’s Hot Sauce. It is very subtle though.
Here is a link to Panera’s Recipe.