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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Tuscan White Bean Dip



TUSCAN WHITE BEAN DIP in a Bread Bowl
Panera Bread Copycat Recipe

Serves 12

1 whole head garlic
1 teaspoon + 1/3 cup olive oil
2 Panera Bread Sourdough Bread Bowls
1 Panera Asiago Cheese or Three Cheese Loaf
3 cups cooked or canned cannellini beans
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Grated zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon packed fresh rosemary or thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup baby cut carrots
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into 8 long pieces

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut 1 inch off the top of the garlic to expose the cloves. Put on a sheet of foil and drizzle 1 teaspoon oil over the cloves. Wrap in foil and roast in oven until garlic is soft, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool in foil 10 minutes.

Reduce oven to 350 degrees. Cut out the top of both Panera Bread Sourdough Bread Bowls as if making a jack-o’-lantern out of a pumpkin. Remove bread from inside, leaving about a 1-inch shell of crust. Cut removed bread into 1-inch cubes and transfer to a serving bowl. Wrap the bread bowls in heavy-duty foil and bake until warmed through, 10 to 15 minutes.

Cut a Panera Bread Asiago Cheese or Three Cheese Loaf into 1-inch cubes and add to serving bowl.

Unwrap garlic and squeeze the whole head, cut side down, to release the roasted garlic into the bowl of a food processor. Add beans and cheese and puree until smooth, scraping down sides. With machine running, drizzle in remaining 1/3 cup olive oil, pureeing until smooth. Add lemon zest, rosemary, salt, and pepper, and pulse until chopped. Spoon into a microwaveable bowl and microwave on high until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes.

Unwrap warm bread bowls and spoon the dip into the two bowls. Arrange carrots and bell pepper on a plate, and serve with dip and bread cubes.

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