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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Mexican Pasta Salad


MEXICAN PASTA SALAD
Panera Bread Recipe

Makes 6 Servings

2 cups small shell pasta
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup fresh or chunky salsa
1/2  red bell pepper finely chopped
3 plum tomatoes finely chopped
1 cup black olives coarsely chopped
1 can kidney beans rinsed and drained
1 (15 oz) can green chilies
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
6 slices Panera Bread Tomato Basil

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain.  Meanwhile, put the lime juice in a large serving bowl. Whisk in the oil in a slow steady steam until incorporated. Stir in the garlic, salt, pepper, and salsa.

Add the hot pasta to bowl and stir to combine. Stir in the bell pepper, tomatoes, olives, beans, chilies, and cilantro or parsley. Refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour or up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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