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. And there was enough left for us both to eat several meals too.
Cold Weather Calls For Hot Soup
The weather was very raw that day – 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!”
So I’m pulling out the ingredients I have available to work with, including leftover smoked sausage from a larger package of sausages, some of my home-canned chicken broth and the last of our fresh potatoes & onions.
The big soup pot is at the ready. Today I think a comfort-foody kinda meal of meaty potato soup is in order!
Potato Soup Ingredients
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, salt & coarsely-cracked pepper and put the top back on the soup pot. The potatoes were simmered until they were soft – probably about 20 minutes.
Now some people like their potato soup very smooth, even placing it in a blender to achieve that 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.
I stirred in a splash of evaporated milk to add a little extra creaminess and seasoned the soup with some tarragon as well as some of the dried thyme I preserved in the fall.
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!
I served it up with some jalapeno cornbread for a truly delicious warming supper on a cold blustery day!
We even got to enjoy plenty of the leftovers with crackers the next day for lunch. A Two-Fer WIN.
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. Less meat? More meat? Creaminess? Brothiness? It’s all up to you!
Here’s how I made my potato soup with smoked sausage:
Potato Soup w/Smoked Sausage
- 2 smoked sausages chopped
- 1 large onion chopped
- 1 Tablespoon bacon grease
- 2 cloves of garlic pressed
- 4 cups chicken broth to cover potatoes (can substitute with water)
- 4 large potatoes (about 5-8 cups depending on how potatoey you want it)
- 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- Splash of evaporated milk for extra creaminess optional
- Shredded cheddar optional
- Salt & pepper to taste
Chop onions & sausages, saute in bacon grease until unions are translucent.
Add minced garlic, chopped potatoes and broth, salt & pepper to taste. Put lid on soup pot & simmer until potatoes are very soft (about 20 minutes)
Use end of spatula to chop soft potatoes into smaller chunks, stir in dried tarragon & thyme.
Add a splash of evaporated milk to add creaminess and serve with a light sprinkling of sharp cheddar on top.
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