New Premium Signature Pastas at Panera Bread

Panera has expanded its menu into the realm of pasta beyond the simple mac & cheese.  Now available in select Panera Bread locations, three Premium Signature Pasta choices.  Noodles & Company beware:

  • Tortellini Alfredo: A rich Alfredo sauce over tortellini noodles filled with ricotta, swiss & romano.
  • Rustic Penne Bolognese: With a hearty meat sauce over penne noodles.
  • Pesto Sacchettini: With basil pesto over purse-like pasta filled with six cheeses

Panera Pasta

13 comments on “New Premium Signature Pastas at Panera Bread

  1. Gilly says:

    Pasta, too? Panera Bread seems well on its way to becoming the most comprehensive fast-casual restaurant out there.

    • Jay says:

      …or, option B) just another place that tries to be all things to all people and all their products suffer.

      I’m going with option B.

      • Raiders757 says:

        I’m going with option B as well. When I think of Panera, I think of subs and sandwiches. I also think of paying “more than what it’s worth” as well. They have a lot of work to do, if they want sustained business from the likes of me.

  2. rob says:

    Will probably be pricey for what you get.

    • abratster2 says:

      this.

      I was a cashier for Panera Bread for about a year and a half and the Mac and Cheese came frozen in bags and was left in the same bin that they kept their soups hot with, and the bag was just cut open and dumped into a bowl.

      $10 for the larger double portion.
      Not to mention the 1000 or so calories.

    • Bob says:

      What people negate when stating that the food is too pricey is the great lengths to which Panera goes to use organic products and ingredients devoid of chemicals used in nearly every restaraunt. I think there prices are pretty reasonable unless you compare them to the dollar menu at your favorite fast food joint. The savings in future medical bills will be worth it.

  3. Julie says:

    We tried two of these new Panera pastas tonight – the Tortellini Alfredo and the Rustic Penne Bolognese. We were disappointed. They were $8.49 for the small that feeds one person and $9.99 for the larger that really doesn’t even feed two. The portions are small, and you will need a side salad and a baguette at the very least to satisfy your appetite. Both pastas were exactly like what you get from a frozen dinner like a Lean Cuisine and at least one step below what you would get from a cheap Italian chain like Olive Garden. We will not purchase these again, as they are just not worth the very high price. The pasta was somewhat gummy and the sauces lacked authentic flavor.

    • Will Buckingham says:

      To be fair to the price, it DOES include either a cup of soup or 1/2 salad alongside the pasta, and also one of the usual sides with that (i.e. chips, bread, apple). So while it’s more expensive than say a single whole sandwich, it’s about on par with the Pick 2 menu in terms of price and food quantity. That said, I wasn’t big on the tortellini alfredo either. I still want to give the penne a try, but I’m not expecting a whole lot and will likely go back to getting the Pick 2 with Italian Combo sandwich and soup like I normally do.

      • Julie says:

        Will, I did not get the pick two – I got just the pasta. You can get it in the pick two combination like you said, but I did not get that. I am referring just to what I purchased.

        • Will Buckingham says:

          And I’m referring to what I’ve gotten for the last two times I went to Panera for the exact price you’re quoting, $8.49. That is the small pasta bowl PLUS either a 1/2 salad or cup of soup. So either your Panera is way screwing you over, or you opted out of getting what was advertised on the menu without realizing it. The point I was trying to make is that the pasta is, regardless of my feelings on the taste, the pasta is not in fact so much more expensive than their other food. It lines up almost exactly with the Pick Two pricing.

  4. alexg says:

    Too pricey for the quality of the food that you get. I’d rather go to a mom and pop establishment and get some quality ingredients instead of the average/mediocre food disguised as quality fare at Panera.

  5. Jonathan Wayne says:

    I like Panera’s food but their prices are a little high.

  6. DerekLutz says:

    I’ll stick with the overpriced sandwiches or salads. At least the Thai chicken salad has some semblance of health.

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