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Panera Bread Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Started 1319137044.227 in Recipe Swap | Last reply 1329757531.943 by bigkat

I have been a big fan of PBLBPS for quite some time. I am a very good cook (but don't get a lot of chances to because of work) and I wanted to try and make this myself because it is available only on certain days and so I could control what is put in there.

Several months ago when I was out of work due to illness I really started looking online for recipes that were like that soup. All the recipes were milk and cream based as I too thought that was what the base of the soup was. I made several variations and while they were very good, they weren't anything close to Paneras recipe.

I have been out of work again due to illness and have been online looking again for recipes that would be exactly like that soup. I have found many websites and recipes stating this soup has no cream or milk in it at all (besides the cream cheese). The base of this soup is simply chicken broth and cream cheese. I was shocked. For some reason that just sounded so unappealing to me but even the pictures of this soup from the online recipes looked like PB's soup.

I finally went to PB's website to look up the ingredients, I don't know why I didn't just do that from the beginning and sure enough, that is what it is. Chicken broth and cream cheese are the base. I always wondered how when I reheated the soup at home I could actually boil it and it wouldn't "break". Well, no wonder, it has no cream or milk in it!!

I tried one of the recipes and tweaked it a little bit to my family's taste and sure enough, it taste exactly like that. Only better in my opinion because I added a little more bacon and I add cheddar cheese to mine. I also added some freshly cut chives that I have grown on my deck.

It really came out wonderful, I was just so surprised.

Did anyone know that about their potato soup?

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misspammie1319137704.01312264 PostsRegistered 3/14/2010now in Virginia

recpie?please, ignore me, hadn't read the post,,,,,,,,,,,,,hanging head and slinking away now. sooo sorry

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"jus' sanwiches and milk"

Gloria1319224079.524313 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 10/20/2011 misspammie said:

recpie?please,

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I agree!

OP, please share your recipe.

Thanks!

Gloria

Bikkie1319229246.973938 PostsRegistered 10/7/2009

What a tease! Please share your recipe!

jst4jan1319308470.287359 PostsRegistered 11/10/2006

I went on the PB website and this particular soup recipe is not listed. Can you post the recipe? My husband loves loaded baked potato soup. Thanks.

If you're a people pleaser and you decide to stop pleasing people, be prepared that people will NOT be pleased.

misspammie1319310364.1712264 PostsRegistered 3/14/2010now in Virginia
On 10/22/2011 jst4jan said:

I went on the PB website and this particular soup recipe is not listed. Can you post the recipe? My husband loves loaded baked potato soup. Thanks.

me too me too, now where's the OP!!!!!?????

"jus' sanwiches and milk"

Cactusflow­er1319312199.377243 PostsRegistered 5/11/2006

I've had this recipe for a while, haven't made it yet and I've never been to Panera's so I don't know if this is close.

Panera Bread’s Creamy Potato Soup

6 cups chicken broth

6 cups potatoes, peeled and cubed

½ teaspoon seasoning salt

¼ teaspoon white pepper

¼ teaspoon ground red pepper

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, cut into chunks, room temperature

4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Snipes of green onions and chives

Combine broth, potatoes and spices. Boil on medium heat until potatoes are tender. Smash a few of the potatoes to release their starch for thickening. If you like it smooth smash more, if you like it chunky just smash a little of it. You can decide the texture of it. Reduce to low heat. Add cream cheese. Heat, stirring frequently, until cheese melts. Ladle into bowls. Sprinkle a little bacon over each bowl of soup.

You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.
~Leo Aikman

misspammie1319323536.26312264 PostsRegistered 3/14/2010now in Virginia

thank you!!!!

"jus' sanwiches and milk"

Gloria1319373275.974313 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 10/22/2011 Cactusflower said:

I've had this recipe for a while, haven't made it yet and I've never been to Panera's so I don't know if this is close.

Panera Bread’s Creamy Potato Soup

6 cups chicken broth

6 cups potatoes, peeled and cubed

½ teaspoon seasoning salt

¼ teaspoon white pepper

¼ teaspoon ground red pepper

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, cut into chunks, room temperature

4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Snipes of green onions and chives

Combine broth, potatoes and spices. Boil on medium heat until potatoes are tender. Smash a few of the potatoes to release their starch for thickening. If you like it smooth smash more, if you like it chunky just smash a little of it. You can decide the texture of it. Reduce to low heat. Add cream cheese. Heat, stirring frequently, until cheese melts. Ladle into bowls. Sprinkle a little bacon over each bowl of soup.

This sounds gret! Thanks!

konasmom1319378072.123208 PostsRegistered 4/10/2009

Sounds yummy!

Carol12291319394029.3731782 PostsRegistered 12/20/2010

That sure does sound like one rich delicious soup. I've never been to Panera Bread....


Thanks so much for sharing the recipe, Cactusflower,

Carol

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Irshgrl312­011319401091.50314170 PostsRegistered 3/14/2006

Sorry guys I totally forgot all about this thread!! So sorry! The poster who posted the recipe, this is what I used. I used a little more bacon and I add a little cheddar cheese to mine, but I do that to PB's soup also.

lavendersa­ge1319458738.4375304 PostsRegistered 3/25/2009

Thanks for starting this thread irshgrl! I"ve always used chicken broth in my potato soups but never cream cheese! Sounds delish!

Thanks Cactusflower for posting the recipe! That's one soup that I've never tried at Panera.

~ lavender ♥

Bikkie1319461575.5033938 PostsRegistered 10/7/2009

Thank you!!! I'm going to try the recipe this weekend - just a quick question, what kind of potatoes did you use?

Rocker1319469930.571696 PostsRegistered 5/3/2007Nashville, TN

This sounds great.

Who has the recipe for Olive Garden's Pasta Fagoli????

Love this stuff too.

Britbrit131319532271.4172666 PostsRegistered 7/12/2011
I have never been to Paneras, soup looks good.. TY for sharing...britt



Stargazer771319584945.7636209 PostsRegistered 10/24/2006

I tried this recipe and it was just OK. I used Yukon Gold potatoes and I'm going to try the recipe again with the following changes.

I used Pacific chicken broth and I really don't like it, but it had to be finished up (it's a great deal at Costco for those who like that brand). So that's the first thing I would change next time...a different brand of chicken broth. I would also halve the pepper amount and omit the red pepper. I only had crushed red pepper, not ground, and only did 3 shakes. I used the recommended amount of regular pepper and my soup was on the spicey side. I would like it a little more mild.

I would also not go crazy with mashing the potatoes like I did. My soup wasn't as thick as I'd like it to be.

I think I would also heat the cream cheese in the microwave for a bit. Even though it was room temperature it didn't melt in the soup fully.

I would love to hear others' experiences after they've made this soup. Happy cooking, everyone!

bigkat1319650719.483848 PostsRegistered 2/4/2010West Michigan

I made this last night for dinner and it was great! I never had it at Panera, so I don't know what it tastes like there.

I did make a couple of additions. I thought it might be a little bland as is. So I diced some carrots, celery and onions(salt and pepper) and cooked those in some butter. I just used Idaho potatoes(some kinds have more starch than others) that I had on hand and added those and the broth and spices to the same pot with the cooked veg's. I tried to mash up about half the cooked potatoes so there would be some chunks left. It does take a little time for the cream cheese to blend in well, just keep stirring frequently. The longer it sits and simmers, the thicker it does get. Putting bacon, cheese and chives on top when served really adds to it!

I had to have some for lunch again today! Thanks for the recipe!

bigkat1319915485.3973848 PostsRegistered 2/4/2010West Michigan

I liked this soup so much, I had to make it again! (maybe the cold weather persuaded me!) I made it with the same additions I did before, but also added some frozen corn. It was more like a corn chowder. This would be great to also add in some diced ham or chicken for an even heartier meal. You really would think it was cream based! Thanks again!

chrystyne7­311319941963.48361 PostsRegistered 1/20/2007

I can't WAIT to try this. Thank You!

Katey12611320162998.7732995 PostsRegistered 8/30/2008Texas

Irishgrl312 can you post your recipe here please?

sylvan1320189121.78449 PostsRegistered 11/27/2005central NY

I just made this soup today and it is beyond great!! I agree with the poster that said she would put the cream cheese in the micro for a bit, as mine didn't melt completely, either. I didn't have bacon, but did have Canadian bacon.

I just cut in chunks and threw them in, and cut up fresh chives and put in the pot, have more cut up to serve tomorrow. I need to bring lunch to my volunteer job tomorrow, and I think those I share w/are going to want this recipe........I plan on making it many times, it's DELISH and OH so easy!!!!

Katey12611322809307.6672995 PostsRegistered 8/30/2008Texas

I love this soup! Cheese and Broccoli soup and Green Pepper soup. Recipes appreciated.

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bigkat1329757531.8933848 PostsRegistered 2/4/2010West Michigan

For any one who missed this, it's super!

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