Autumn Squash Soup is on the Menu at Panera Bread



Panera Bread is one of our “go to” quick dinner restaurants when we want some comfort food at an affordable price. The food at Panera Bread is made with care and it is nutritional too.

We stopped into Panera Bread last night and I ordered this beautiful dinner of Autumn Squash soup and Roasted Turkey Wheatberry salad. It came with my choice of bread, apple or chips – I chose chips – and I purchased a bakery item for .99 cent more – Oatmeal Raisin cookie. I always get the fresh brewed iced tea – they make it better than I do at home.

Panera Bread Autumn Squash soup and Roasted Turkey Wheatberry salad

By getting the Pick Two you cut down on calories and you get plenty to eat.

The Autumn Squash soup has 330 calories in it and consists of a blend of butternut squash and pumpkin, simmered in vegetable broth with honey, apple juice, cinnamon and a hint of curry, then finished with sweet cream and topped with roasted and salted pumpkin seeds.

Here are the ingredients for the Autumn Squash soup from the Panera Bread website:

  • butternut squash
  • water
  • milk
  • cream cheese
  • sweeteners [brown sugar, sugar, honey]
  • seasoning [cornstarch, sea salt, vegetable base {carrots, celery, onion, tomato paste, corn oil, yeast extract, potato flour, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, flavoring}, ginger, spices]
  • onions
  • cream
  • butter [cream, salt]
  • carrot
  • apple juice
  • lemon juice concentrate
  • curry powder
  • spices including turmeric, cornstarch, salt)
  • roasted salted pumpkin seeds (pumpkin seeds, vegetable oil [may contain one or more of the following: peanut, canola, sunflower and soybean]
  • salt

Of course, Panera Bread isn’t going to share their recipe but you could play around with the ingredients above and probably come up with a pretty good version of the squash soup at home. If you do come up with an exact recipe we’d love to feature it here.

Panera Bread Autumn Squash soup

What is a Wheatberry? Well that is exactly what I asked and I found out that it just the name they gave to combination of fruits and nuts they put in the salad. I can’t remember what the young woman read off to me from the ingredients list but it sounded good. There is definitely some kind of nut in there that we didn’t recognize. If you go and order this salad ask about the Wheatberry ingredients and then come back and let us know what you found out.

The Roasted Turkey Wheatberry Salad is 400 calories and consists of all-natural, antibiotic-free roasted turkey, field greens, romaine lettuce, their apple and wheatberry blend and Gorgonzola cheese, tossed in our maple balsamic vinaigrette.

Panera Bread Autumn Roasted Turkey Wheatberry salad

What do you think? It’s a great meal isn’t it? Have you tried their Squash soup yet? It’s cooked to perfection. I have had other squash soups that were too sweet or heavy on the cream but I loved how they made it and I will most likely get it again before it’s off of the menu.

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About Greg and Wendy

Greg and Wendy have been Connecticut residents since 1983, originally landing here because we were transferred from Virginia (where Wendy grew up) with the Navy. We raised three children in Connecticut and now blog full-time from the Nutmeg state (check out all of our sites at www.sweetiesbrand.com).

Comments

  1. I would love to get the recipe for this soup–which is my favorite at Panera–but I cannot find the specific one. Your blog lists the ingredients, but have you tried to recreate the soup? Could you? Please let me know if you find the recipe!

  2. I’m parked for the recipe, too. I might try it myself …. but that means I have to go back and try it again. I have a pea soup recipe that I’m going to use as a guideline for creating/blending.

  3. A wheatberry is not a proprietary blend, it is a kernel of wheat that has not been ground into flour. You can buy them in the grain section of a grocery store and cook them like rice.

  4. Haven’t made this recipe yet, but of all the ones I looked at online this looks to be the closest. Many others list rosemary as an ingredient – I didn’t taste rosemary at all in Panera’s soup. http://homemadecravings.com/panera-autumn-squash-soup/

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