Sunday, February 5, 2017

Better than Bread Co.’s* Cream Cheese Potato Soup (*Panera, if you must)

If you were paying attention while reading yesterday's post, then you doubled the amount of jalapeno cream cheese. The reason that I asked you to do that was because of this recipe right here, based upon a copycat for Panera's Cream Cheese Potato Soup. I like their potato soup, but I was looking for more zip and zing. So, when I made that grilled cheese sandwich, I just knew that I was going to use jalapeno cream cheese in making the potato soup. What a huge difference this made in taste! This really kicks potato soup up a big notch, and will make any that you serve memorable. Anybody can make potato soup, but only someone special can make it with a tasty kick like this.
Better than Bread Co.’s* Cream Cheese Potato Soup
 (*Panera, if you must)

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, cut into chunks
1 fresh jalapeno, minced and seeded
1 teaspoon garlic powder
4 cups peeled and cubed potatoes
14 cup minced onion
12 teaspoon seasoning salt
14 teaspoon white pepper
14 teaspoon ground red pepper

In a large bowl, stir together cream cheese, jalapeño, and garlic powder; set aside.

Combine broth, potatoes, onion, and spices in a medium stockpot. Set over medium heat and bring to a boil. Cook until potatoes are tender, 10-12 minutes depending upon the size of your dice of the potatoes.

Smash a few of the potatoes to release their starch for thickening. Reduce to low heat. Stir in cream cheese/jalapeno mixture, and continue stirring until cheese melts.

Serve, garnished as you see fit. I used chopped scallions, grated smoked cheddar, and homemade croutons.


Linda said...

How clever to use cream cheese! And jalapeno popper cream cheese at that. I'm sure this is delicious. I've made loaded baked potato soup before, but this appeals for the cream cheese instead of cream!

Marigene said...

Oh my, this sounds delicious...I have never made potato soup with cream cheese, so this will be something new to us. You can't go wrong using a jalapeño or two in anything.
Your photos are always amazing, Pattie!

GranthamLynn said...

Oh yummy sounds so good! A perfect soup for a quiet simple cozy dinner with your sweet heart. Don't ya think! And some chocolate for dessert and you have a simple Valentine's meal! Come over and link at the party!
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Miz Helen said...

This will be delicious! Happy Valentine Day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome talent with us at Full Plate Thursday!
Miz Helen

Eclectic Red Barn said...

This potato soup looks so yummy. Never would have thought of adding cream cheese. Make sure to stop by next month.
Thanks for sharing at You’re The Star,