Copycat Panera Creamy Potato Soup
4 cups chicken broth (homemade will really stand out in this soup)
4 cups peeled and cubed potatoes
1 T. butter
1 T. EVOO
1 chopped onion
1 shallot, minced
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
1 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, cut into chunks
In a large pot, saute onion in the butter and EVOO, until onion is soft.
Add in shallot and saute one more minute.
Add in broth, potatoes, and spices.
Boil on medium heat until potatoes are tender.
Smash a few of the potatoes to release their starch for thickening.
Reduce to low heat.
Add cream cheese.
Heat, stirring frequently, until cheese melts.
Adjust seasonings to taste.