Sunday, January 17, 2010

Easy Creamy Cheesy Sausagy Potato Soup

Easy Creamy Cheesy Sausagy Potato Soup -5 stars

I have been hungry for potato soup for months now. However, I really wanted something a little more than just plain potato soup. There are plain recipes, then recipes with ham, or sausage, or extra veggies, or cheese... So I thought it would be great to add a little of each. Potatoes, cheese and sausage.. Yum yum! It was truly a complete meal in a bowl. Me, my husband and my 14 year old liked this. I thought my 2 year old did, but then after 2 bites, he said he didnt.. mostly I think the peer pressure from he 3 year old brother got to him.

Easy Creamy Cheesy Sausagy Potato Soup

1/4 cup butter
1 stalk celery, diced
1 yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 cups chicken stock
1 can cream of chicken
1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups diced smoked sausage
2 cups milk
3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Heat the butter in a large stock pot over medium heat. Cook and stir celery, onion, and garlic until the onion is translucent. Stir in potatoes, sausage, chicken stock, thyme, and parsley. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat. Simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Mix the flour in a bowl with a small amount of water until smooth.
Slowly pour your flour mixture into the soup, stirring constantly to prevent clumps. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cheese. Cook until the cheese is melted.
Season with salt and pepper.


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