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CopyCat Recipe: Panera Bread Potato Soup

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Panera Bread Potato SoupWith all this talk of fall, it has me craving soups and one of my favs, of course, is Potato Soup.  We all know that Panera knows how to do soup, which is why I think we can all enjoy this copy cat recipe- minus the bread bowl!



PREP TIME:   5 Minutes
COOK TIME:  25 Minutes
SERVES: 4
INGREDIENTS: 1 Quart Chicken Broth8 large potatoes, scrubbed, peeled, diced1/2 white onion, chopped (check your freezer section)1 teaspoon chopped garlic 2 tablespoons butter2 tablespoons flour4 ounces cream cheese1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon black pepper2 teaspoons chives2 tablespoons of real bacon bits

In a medium sized pot, add cubed potatoes with chicken broth.  (you can add water to make sure liquid covers potatoes)  Cook potatoes in stock over medium heat for about 12 to 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork. 

In a large pot, heat butter over medium heat until it melts.  Add in onions and saute until the onions are translucent.  Spring flour over the but…