Last night, Jay and I had a hot dinner date…
I was recently selected by the DailyBuzz Food Tastemaker’s to have the opportunity to sample one of the soups at Panera Bread and share it all with you. I was immediately on board because a) I love sharing my food with you anyways, and b) I’m already a majorly huge fan of Panera’s soups. Win win!
I was literally going back and forth all day long about what kind of soup I wanted to get. I made sure to check their menu online (because their soups change daily, with some of them available every day) to try to get an idea, but it didn’t really help. So indecisive!
By this point in my life, I feel like I’ve tried a pretty big majority of them:
- Low-Fat All-Natural Chicken Noodle – love the big noodles
- Broccoli Cheddar – amazing; especially in a bread bowl
- Baked Potato – also amazing in a bread bowl, and was Jay’s soup of choice last night
- Low-Fat Vegetarian Garden Vegetable with Pesto – I actually liked their original garden vegetable soup a little better than the current, but it’s still good
- Low-Fat Vegetarian Black Bean – good, but a little spicy(!) for this mild gal
So when it came down to it last night, I wound up making a last minute decision at the counter and went with one I haven’t had in a looooong time…
French Onion, baby. And you guys…I can’t believe I haven’t been getting this more often. The soup literally blew me away – between the asiago croutons, the thick broth with tons of onions, and the gooey cheese on top, it was just amazing.
As usual, when it comes to me and ordering at Panera, I got the soup as part of one of their “You Pick Two” meal choices and paired it with their Roasted Turkey & Avocado BLT.
I’ve been craving a fresh, ripe avocado all week, so when I tell you that I ordered this sandwich solely for the avocado, I’m not even kidding. It was fantastic.
But overall, I’d definitely have to say that the French Onion was my favorite.
That was one super bowl of soup.
I was so hungry by the time we got our food that I pretty much inhaled that meal like a true champ. Granted, I’m still full this morning from it and was uncomfortably stuffed all last night, buuuuuut whatever. It was gooooood.
And I think I’m just now starting to get hungry for breakfast, so it’s time to head to the kitchen and see what I can scrounge up!
Question for the Morning:
Have you ever dined at Panera? What’s your favorite item of theirs?
Disclaimer: As part of the DailyBuzz Healthy Living Program, I received a free gift card and stipend from Panera Bread. All opinions, as always, are entirely my own.