Sunday, February 10, 2013

Panera's Cream Cheese Potato Soup

For some reason, It took me years to discover the discount produce section at A&P.  Are you all aware of it? It quickly became my favorite section of the grocery store, even though it's hidden in the back corner of the produce section.  It would make more sense to put it in the front of the section, before customers have already selected their fresh produce, but that's just my opinion! Now I always swing  by the discount produce to see what hit-or-miss surprises I may find.  It's been a bit bleak in terms of selection for the past few months, but we hit the jackpot last week - a pack of baked potatoes that looked to be just the right amount needed for this Panera knock off soup.  How could I forget to mention this... the pack of potatoes was just $1!

This soup is the perfect comfort food for lunch on a chilly Sunday afternoon!

Panera's Cream Cheese Potato Soup
Adapted from Food.com
Time: 1 hour
Serves 4

4 cups chicken broth
4 cups peeled and cubed potatoes
1/4 cup minced onion
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

1. Combine broth, potatoes, onion, and spices in a pot.  Boil on medium heat until potatoes are tender.

2. Smash a few of the potatoes to release their starch for thickening.

3. Reduce to low heat.

4.  Cut cream cheese into chunks, and add to the pot. Continue heating, stirring frequently, until cheese melts.

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