Panera Bread's Creamy Potato Soup

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

I've never been to Panera Bread, so I couldn't tell you if this is similar. I can tell you it's delicious and simple to make. I didn't have bacon, but it's still delicious even without. I topped mine with cheese and left the skin on my potatoes. Recipe courtesy of Lynn's Kitchen Adventures (she found a copy cat version of the recipe and tweaked it to her liking). YUMMY! Serving size is estimated.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine broth, potatoes, and spices.
  2. Boil on medium heat until potatoes are tender.
  3. Smash a few potatoes to release the starch for thickening.
  4. If you like it chunky just smash a small amount of potato, but if you want it smooth smash more potatoes.
  5. Reduce to low heat and add cream cheese.
  6. Heat, stirring frequently, until cheese melts.
  7. Ladle into bowls.
  8. Sprinkle a little bacon over each bowl of soup.
Most Helpful

i added onions, carrots, celery, and minced garlic to mine because it was just too "blah" without it. But once I added those ingredients to was the best potato soup I have had!

pyrettablaze1128 November 12, 2012

I added minced onions, sliced carrots and replaced the bacon with diced ham...very tasty soup recipe! Thanks for sharing

Queenbeeslk January 02, 2011