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.
Cold Weather Calls For Hot Soup
The weather turned very raw one 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
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 Recipe
Getting this hot & hearty potato soup in our bellies was sure a quick endeavor, let me tell ya!
Sauté chopped onions & sausages in bacon grease until the onions are translucent.
Add a quart of homemade broth, chopped potatoes & minced garlic.
Season with tarragon, dried thyme & salt & coarsely-cracked pepper.
Simmer until potatoes are 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. 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!
What Bread Goes With Potato Soup?
I enjoy serving bread of some kind with our potato soup. There are lots of favorites from my Homestead kitchen:
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:
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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
- 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)
In a large stockpot, sauté chopped onions & sausages in bacon grease until unions are translucent. (about 3-4 minutes)
Add minced garlic, chopped potatoes, broth, dried tarragon & thyme and salt & pepper. Stir to combine.
Put lid on stockpot & simmer until potatoes are very soft (about 20 minutes)
Remove stockpot lid & use end of spatula to chop soft potatoes into smaller chunks.
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.
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