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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Tomato Lentil Soup



TOMATO LENTIL SOUP
Panera Bread Recipe

Serves 4

2 teaspoons olive oil
2 carrots, finely chopped
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 rib celery, finely chopped
4 ounces portabella mushrooms, quartered lengthwise
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, with juice
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup brown lentils, picked over and rinsed
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 Panera Bread Whole Grain Baguette

Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add carrots, onions, and celery, and cook until the vegetables begin to soften, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the mushrooms and garlic, and cook until the mushrooms begin to release their liquid, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes (with juice), thyme, water, salt, pepper, and lentils. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to medium-low, cover and simmer until the lentils are tender, about 35 minutes. Stir in the balsamic vinegar. Serve with Panera Whole Grain Baguette

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