Panera Bread Baked Potato Soup Copycat [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
4.84 from 6 reviews

Panera Bread Baked Potato Soup Copycat is the famous chain’s comforting soup made easy at home. Serve topped with bacon and crusty bread. For a quick recipe tutorial, watch the short video attached below. 

I am on a mission to bring you all the Panera Bread Soup recipes in one place. Previously, I have shared with you their Creamy Tomato Soup and Chicken Wild Rice Soup –  you should add this to your “must try” list.

Panera bread baked potato soup image.

Panera Bread Baked Potato Soup

Panera Bread Baked Potato Soup Copycat is the homemade version of the famous Baked Potato Soup that so many love. On a cold winter day, when I run crazy to do all the holiday shopping, there is nothing better than popping into a Panera Bread for some soul-warming meal.

This homemade soup is actually my favorite, as it is very similar to a potato soup that my grandmother makes. It is hearty and delicious. You can top it with lots of bacon and bonus points for serving it with some crusty, warm bread on the side.

Image of copycat panera bread baked potato soup in a bowl topped with bacon crumbs.

Panera Bread Baked Potato Soup Copycat recipe tips:

  • I like using golden Yukon potatoes, they are perfect for this recipe.
  • Also, cook the potatoes just until done, you don’t want them to start breaking apart unless you have the intention to cream all the soup.
  • Adding some bacon to simmer with the potatoes will adding an amazing savory flavor and rich taste to the dish!
  • Similarly, using fresh onion and garlic will also add lots of flavors.
  • Adding dry herbs like parsley and oregano will add extra flavor.
  • To make it even creamier, you have to puree half of it, either by adding it to a blender or using an immersion blender.
  • In addition, to cut on the calories, you can use light cream or half-light cream and half milk.
  • Also, if you don’t have cream cheese on hand, you can use sour cream.
  • If can cook your own bacon crumbs or use store-bought bacon crumbs.
  • Toppings suggestions: bacon crumbs, cheddar cheese, chopped green onion, diced chives.

Can you freeze Baked Potato Soup?

Yes. I recommend using quart bags for this soup. Use a cup to transfer it from the pot into the bag. Squeeze out excess air and seal the bags. The bags can nicely be stored in the freezer for up to 3-4 months.

To thaw it, remove it from the freezer the night before serving, or put the sealed soup bag in warm water to thaw it faster.

Picture of baked potato soup garnished with shredded cheese and bacon crumbs.

Looking for more comforting soup recipes? Check these out!

Tools I used to make the Panera Bread Baked Potato Soup Copycat Recipe:

  • Immersion Blender – so convenient, makes it easy to puree food without having to add it to a blender.
  • Dutch Oven – mine is from Le Creuset, but I also like this one and it’s reasonably priced.

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4.84 from 6 reviews

Panera Bread Baked Potato Soup

Panera Bread Baked Potato Soup Copycat is the famous chain's comforting soup made easy at home. Serve topped with bacon and crusty bread.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 40 mins






Nutrition information

Calories: 301 Carbohydrates: 28 Protein: 12 Fat: 16 Saturated Fat: 6 Cholesterol: 30 Sodium: 545 Potassium: 857 Fiber: 3 Sugar: 5 Vitamin A: 210 Vitamin C: 16.8 Calcium: 125 Iron: 4.5 g
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Patricia @ Grab a Plate

I love Panera, but honestly, I don't think I've ever had this soup! It looks amazing, and hello homemade! I just told my hubs that we may be having this for dinner! Nice!



My boys are slightly obsessed with Panera. They always order this soup and their mac and cheese. I'm excited to try this at home instead, thanks!


Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling

OH goodness....I'd love this for lunch or dinner any day!


Valerie | Valerie's Kitchen

We love Panera! This is just pure comfort here. Pinned!


Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

That looks sooo good, I want a big bowl of it for lunch!


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

This soup is pure comfort food! I am craving a big bowl of it right now!



I get to enjoy panera bread at home! Why thank you!



Do you have an Instant Pot recipe for this? Thanks!


Hi, I dont have an IP recipe for this exact soup, but I have a Instant Pot Tomato Soup recipe which is also very, very good :) just look it up on the blog :)


Elisha Enoksen

Looks lovely!! But how do you’d golden potatoes turn white in this soup? I struggle with this!! 


I guess all the cream helped :)


Dee-Dee Davis

Made it tonight!!! My roommates all cane to my room to asked who was cooking on my floor! Needless to say the soup was a hit!! ❤️


Lol)) glad you and your roommates love it!


Reta Jenelle Ochsner

I just made this delicious soup and it’s amazing :-) Im a retired caterer (as if that ever happens) and I love to be in the kitchen. When I discovered I had one and a half leftover baked potatoes, this was the soup that came to mind; however, I have never use this exact recipe. It’s the best I’ve ever had, bar none👏



can you cook this in a crock pot?


Yes you could. Check out the crockpot version in this post:



My family loves the soup. Thank So much



Excellent recipe. Made it for my family tonight and everyone loved it. Thank you.



I made the soup according to the recipe the first time. The second time I doubled the parsley and oregano, and added salt and pepper to the broth and the cream as they cooked. It had much more flavor.



This is quite good!! Much better than Panera's in my opinion. Thank you!



I've bought all of your soups at Sam's this past year and recently went back to "stock up". I learned they were no longer carrying the Panera brand. That is such a disappointment, but rather common for Sam's.....once you like something they take if off their shelves. Does any other store carry them ??


I always see them at BJ's.



i’ve made this several times and i love it!


M Mitten

Why is it called baked potato soup if the potatoes aren’t baked?


the taste reminds you of one and also the ingredients, like the cheese and bacon, stuff that you would put on a baked potato.



Could I make this woth whole milk? I dont have any half and half or cream. Its cold and rainy so I'm being lazy and don't want to go to the store.




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