Recipe: Potato Soup For an Inexpensive Bone-Warming Meal

by Texas Homesteader ~

This meaty, creamy potato soup recipe has plenty of smoked sausage, loads of potatoes and a burst of flavor. Yet it costs just pennies to make. Perfect comfort food for a chilly day. 

MEATY POTATO SOUP For An Inexpensive Bone-Warming Meal. This Soup Cost Just Pennies But There Was Enough Left For Us To Eat Several meals #TexasHomesteader

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Cold Weather Calls For Hot Soup

The weather turned very cold on day recently – blustery, damp & cold. So I put on my thinkin’ cap making plans for a bone-warming supper for RancherMan & myself. 

What’s my motto, y’all? That’s right, “Use WhatCha Got!”

Potato soup is super easy and quick and has just a few standard ingredients:

      • Smoked sausage (I like kielbasa)

      • Home-canned chicken broth

      • Fresh starchy russet potatoes

      • Fresh onions & garlic cloves

      • Spices – thyme, tarragon, salt & pepper

My big stockpot is at the ready. Today I think a comfort-foody kinda meal of a meaty potato soup is in order!

Super-Simple Potato Soup

Getting this hot & hearty potato soup in our bellies was sure a quick endeavor, let me tell ya!

I chopped the onions & sausages and plopped them into my soup pot with about a tablespoon of bacon grease and cooked them until the onions were translucent.

Then I added a quart of homemade broth and my chopped potatoes & minced garlic.

I seasoned the soup with some tarragon as well as some of the dried thyme I preserved in the fall, plus a little salt & coarsely-cracked pepper.

Then I put the top back on the soup pot. The potatoes were simmered until they were soft – probably about 20 minutes.

Potato Soup: Chunky or Smooth?

Some people like their potato soup very smooth, even placing the whole shebangie into a blender to achieve that super-smooth texture.

However it feels like a more substantial meal to RancherMan & me to have noticeable chunks of potato & sausage in our soup.

So I just took my wooden spatula and chopped at the soft potatoes until they were as chopped into the soup as I liked.

How To Add Extra Creaminess To Potato Soup

The soup was ready to go just as it was. But I wanted a little extra creaminess before serving.

So I stirred in a splash of evaporated milk to add that extra creaminess and gave it a quick stir to mix it all in.

Then I ladled the thick soup into heavy soup crocks.

MEATY POTATO SOUP For An Inexpensive Bone-Warming Meal. This Soup Cost Just Pennies But There Was Enough Left For Us To Eat Several meals #TexasHomesteader

I often sprinkle just a little sharp cheddar cheese on top.

It was delicious and satisfying on such a cold day, and it cost just pennies!

Bread To Go With Potato Soup

I enjoy serving bread of some kind with our potato soup. There are lots of favorites:

(see All Our Bread Recipes!)

Spicy jalapeno cornbread made with diced jalapenos for a spicy kick. #TexasHomesteader

Adding bread sure made for a truly delicious warming supper on a cold blustery day!

We even got to enjoy plenty of soup & bread leftovers the next day for lunch. A Two-Fer WIN.

Flexible Potato Soup Recipe

Now here’s the most important part – around our household (and probably yours too) rigid recipes just don’t fly.

Thankfully this recipe can be amended however you like to suit your own tastes.

Like a smoother soup? Stick those cooked potatoes/onions in the blender.

Prefer less meat? No meat? More meat? Brothier Soup? More creaminess? It’s all up to you! 

Here’s how I made my potato soup with smoked sausage:

Did you make this Potato Soup? Please rate the recipe in your comment below!

This thick, hot & hearty potato soup is perfect for a cold day. #TexasHomesteader
5 from 1 vote

Thick & Hearty Potato Soup w/Smoked Sausage

You'll love this thick & hearty potato soup recipe. It includes plenty of smoked sausage for a meaty hot soup for a cool day. #TexasHomesteader

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword potatoes, soup
Prep Time 9 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • 2 smoked sausages, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 large onion, chopped (approximately 2-3 cups)
  • 1 Tablespoon bacon grease
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 4 cups chicken broth to cover potatoes (can substitute with water)
  • 4 large starchy russet potatoes, peeled & chopped (about 5-8 cups depending on how potatoey you want it)
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Splash of evaporated milk for extra creaminess (optional)
  • Shredded cheddar (optional)



  1. In a large stockpot, sauté chopped onions & sausages in bacon grease until unions are translucent. (about 3-4 minutes)

  2. Add minced garlic, chopped potatoes, broth, dried tarragon & thyme and salt & pepper. Stir to combine.

  3. Put lid on stockpot & simmer until potatoes are very soft (about 20 minutes)

  4. Remove stockpot lid & use end of spatula to chop soft potatoes into smaller chunks.

  5. Add a splash of evaporated milk to add creaminess if desired and serve hot in large chunky soup bowls with a light sprinkling of sharp cheddar on top.

Bon Appetit!


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9 thoughts on “Recipe: Potato Soup For an Inexpensive Bone-Warming Meal

  1. Thelma Briggs

    5 stars
    This soup is so easy to make and tastes very good. I usually add shredded pepperjack cheese. I like to enjoy this soup for dinner and still have enough left over for future hot soup meals. Goes nicely with a cold day.

  2. Karen Woodall

    I love good soup in the winter…. of course, it’s 72 degrees here in Atlanta on Jan 19, but I’m hoping that winter will come our way for a little while. If so, I’m hanging onto this recipe! Thanks!

  3. Cynthia

    Made it this weekend – I cooked on high in my crockpot – too delicious!!! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      That’s so awesome Cynthia – thanks for coming back to let us know how you liked it. I know it goes over VERY well at our house and I especially love that it makes enough for us to enjoy for subsequent meals as well. For me it’s a win/win if you can eat a homemade meal without having to actually cook it because your previous homemade meal’s left plenty for you to enjoy in subsequent days. ~TxH~

  4. Texas Homesteader Post author

    Hot comfort food meal that made plenty for us to enjoy for a couple of days so no extra cooking for me either. Win/win!

  5. Jessica [Havok]

    Mmmmm, potato soup is the best kind of soup! I have one recipe that I enjoy, but do not have one that has any meat in it, and was looking for something that did (for a more substantial meal, that can maybe make more for more leftovers!).

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      RancherMan’s certainly a meat-n-potatoes kinda man Jessica so this soup combined both. LOL The meatier I make it, the more he likes it. Plus it put good use to what I had needing to be used and I’m always on the lookout for that. Thankfully we waste precious little in the way of food in my Homestead kitchen but it does take diligence sometimes. ~TxH~

  6. ColleenB.~Texas

    Oh, YUM. This looks so Delicious and I even have some diced up ham in the freezer.
    Will be making this soon. With the Fort Worth Stock Show starting, a person just knows we have bad weather coming. Happens every year while the stock show is going on.
    We just finished off our Hamburger Soup so on with another.
    I think instead of using my mini potatoes for the Pizza Mashed Potatoes, I will be using them in making of this soup.
    Thanks for the recipe.
    Have a great day; an enjoyable weekend and Stay warm


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