You face the same dilemma every time you walk into a Panera Bread: warm, rich broccoli cheddar soup or creamy classic mac and cheese? After much internal debate, you usually make a choice (read: order both). But now, you might never have to make such a tough decision again. In fact, you won’t even have to go to the restaurant to get your fix. Presenting Panera at Home’s latest invention, broccoli cheddar mac and cheese.
This mashup of Panera Bread’s best-selling sides hit grocery store shelves earlier this month. All you have to do is heat it up and bam! You've got a bowl full of pasta shells studded with broccoli florets and julienned carrots, all covered in a decadent blend of two (!) cheddar cheese sauces. Our best guess is that the cheese sauce contains both yellow cheddar—used in the eatery’s top-selling soup—and Vermont white cheddar, made famous by Panera’s macaroni dishes.
Not only is it vegetarian, but it’s also free of artificial preservatives, sweeteners, flavors and colors. You can use it to whip up plenty of other cheesy delights, like primavera mac and cheese rich with summer vegetables or broccoli cheddar mac and cheese cups made with crispy baked tortillas. But TBH, we won’t blame you for eating it straight from the package.