Chunky Minestrone: Inspired by Panera Bread Company
Even though it is not the official start of winter (December 21st), the weather around most of the country is saying that winter is here. Time for warm hearty soups.
Ever been to Panera Bread? Not only do they have an array of delicious sandwiches, which you probably know them for, but they have a fantastic choice of soups. I have always been a fan of Panera and I got a chance to try some of their soups this fall.
The choices include Low-Fat Vegetarian Black Bean, Low-Fat All Natural Chicken Noodle, French Onion, Vegetarian Creamy Tomato, Broccoli Cheddar, and the list goes on. Tough choices await unless you are in the mood for something specific. On my last visit, I opted for the Low-Fat Vegetarian Garden Vegetable with Pesto. That’s a mouthful of a name, but it was mouthfully delicious.
Mise en Place
Going along with Panera’s “Good Goes In” philosophy, that soup inspired me to make a minestrone.
Yep, still sounds pretty boring when I say it out loud.
But this recipe was absolutely delicious and far from boring.
Beautiful dark kale.
White beans, cabbage, and noodles.
Just a hint of heat and a lot of perfect.
Enjoy this on your next cold night…which may be tomorrow!
- Add more water as it simmers (if needed). Keep in mind the noodles will soak up some broth.
- To re-heat, add a little water and season to taste before serving.
*Disclosure: This post is part of a Panera Bread promotion with The DailyBuzz, however all opinions are my own.