Panera Bread (called St. Louis Bread Company in the St. Louis metropolitan area) is a chain of bakery–cafĂ© quick casual restaurants in the United States and Canada that sells breads, sandwiches, soups, salads, and other bakery items. This site will provide copycat recipes and recipes using products sold at the Panera Bread restaurants. Panera Bread Co. has 1,736 bakery cafes in 45 states and Canada under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co. and Paradise Bakery & Cafe brands.

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Kale Soup


KALE SOUP
Panera Bread Recipe

Serves 6

2 teaspoons olive oil

6 ounces reduced-fat smoked turkey kielbasa, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 rib of celery, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
8 ounces kale, thick stems removed and leaves sliced, or 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen kale, thawed and squeezed dry
12 ounces red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces with skin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups cooked or canned small white beans or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained


Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add kielbasa and cook until browned all over, about 5 minutes. Remove to a bowl. Add onion and celery to the pot and cook until soft, 5 to 6 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Return kielbasa to the pot and add broth, water, and kale. Bring to a boil over high heat and then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until kale begins to wilt, about 10 minutes. Stir in potatoes, paprika, red pepper sauce, and salt. Simmer, covered, until potatoes and kale are tender, about 20 minutes. Add beans and cook just until heated through, about 5 minutes.

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