The Rolling Stones “can’t get no satisfaction.” I, however, have had pretty good luck finding it in a bowl at Panera Bread.
The restaurant chain features a garden vegetable soup with pesto that is sure to satisfy. Its tasty, good-for-you mix pleases taste buds, as well as buds who prefer healthy food. True to its name, the garden vegetable soup is loaded with veggies. Generous chunks of diced tomatoes, sliced zucchini, yellow beans and cauliflower float in a roasted tomato base.
But wait, there’s more. A dip of the spoon exposes bits of pearled barley, Swiss chard, onion and bell peppers. Resting on the top is a dollop of nut-free basil pesto, but the green mass doesn’t remain intact after a few dips into the succulent combo. The mix greets the nose with scents of basil, rosemary, garlic and a hint of Romano cheese.
This hearty soup clocks in at just 120 calories a bowl, and carb lovers can opt to have theirs in a bread bowl. The soft on the inside, chewy on the outside bread bowls only bring the calorie count up to 740. With or without the bread, the garden vegetable soup is truly satisfying. Someone please let Mick Jagger know.
Panera Bread (Three Greater Lansing locations)
5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday 310 Clippert St., Lansing (517) 332-9183
6 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday 5330 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing (517) 703-9340
6 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday;
6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday 4738 Central Park Drive, Okemos (517) 349-4425
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