Panera Bread (called St. Louis Bread Company in the St. Louis metropolitan area) is a chain of bakery–caf√© quick casual restaurants in the United States and Canada that sells breads, sandwiches, soups, salads, and other bakery items. This site will provide copycat recipes and recipes using products sold at the Panera Bread restaurants. Panera Bread Co. has 1,736 bakery cafes in 45 states and Canada under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co. and Paradise Bakery & Cafe brands.

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Baked Potato Soup



BAKED POTATO SOUP
Panera  Bread Copycat Recipe

5 russet potatoes
7 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon basil
9 strips thick cut smoked bacon, cooked until crisp
2 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon freeze dried chives
4 tablespoons cornstarch
6 tablespoons whole milk
salt and pepper, to taste
cheddar cheese, for garnish
green onions, for garnish

In a large pot, simmer the potatoes in the chicken broth with the thyme and basil until tender, but not falling apart. Add the crumbled bacon, whole milk, and chives. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Bring to a simmer. Mix the cornstarch with the 6 tablespoons of whole milk. Add the cornstarch mixture and stir until thickened. Simmer again. Serve each bowl topped with cheddar cheese and green onions.


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