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.




Cannellini Soup

Panera Bread Restaurant Copycat Recipe

2/3 cup drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, chopped reserving 4 tablespoons oil
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup bowtie pasta
2 (15-oz.) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
2 (7-oz.) jars roasted red peppers, drained and chopped

Basil Toast:
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 large garlic cloves, minced
8-12 (1/2 inch) slices from Panera sourdough baguette

To make the Cannellini Soup:  In a large heavy soup pot, heat the 4 tablespoons of oil from the sun-dried tomatoes over medium heat. Add mushrooms and saute 3 or 4 minutes. Add basil and garlic and cook one minute. Add broth and sun-dried tomatoes. Increase heat and bring broth to a boil. Add pasta bows, cover and boil pasta about 5 minutes. Mix in cannellini beans and peppers. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 5 to 8 minutes until pasta is done, but not mushy. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with Basil Toast

For the Basil Toast:  Preheat broiler. Mix oil, basil and garlic in small saucepan over low heat for about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange bread slices on foil-lined baking sheet. Broil until golden, about 1 minute. Turn toasts. Brush with the herbed oil mixture. Broil toasts until golden and crisp, about 1 minute. Serve warm with soup.

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