Creamy Sausage and Potato Soup
When it’s chilly and weeknights get busy, I find that it’s the perfect time to make a hearty soup! With how easy soups are to make, it’s a no brainer for any time of the week. If you have the ingredients, then you can certainly skip the canned stuff. While it’s extremely easy to serve the pre-made stuff, it just won’t satisfy you the same way as a homemade soup. Homemade food just has that extra ingredient, ya know–looove!
As it has been getting chillier, I’ve been on the search for soups I haven’t tried before. Lucky for me, I can actually chew more food again, so this week’s review isn’t a pureed soup! Woohoo!
So, let’s get started.
This week’s review is for a Sausage and Potato Soup.
This recipe is by The Cozy Cook, and you can find the recipe right -> here!
Layers of Flavor In This Potato Soup
One of my favorite things about making soup is seeing the flavors begin to layer. This soup is no different. We start off by browning the sausage. Once it is cooked through, you should continue to cook the soup in the same pot. If there is too much fat from the sausage, then you can certainly drain it off, but do not clean the pot completely. Once you start adding your carrots, celery, and onion, you’re helping all those flavors get to know each other.
From there you’ll add the seasoning, the broth, the cream, and finally the potatoes.
As the soup simmers, that is time not only for cooking the potatoes until they are fork tender, but also for enhancing the flavors of everything already in the pot.
Now–is this a soup you can pull together in 15 minutes? No. What about 30? Ehh, you’re really cutting it. This is a recipe that you definitely want to allow the proper time for. Follow the directions as indicated and you’ll be set with a great meal.
Of course, if you’re gluten-free then you would want to make one swap and that is for gluten-free flour ;). Bob’s Red Mill is a great brand for all
But in terms of skipping steps, I strongly urge you not to take any shortcuts.
Heavy Cream AND Cheddar Cheese In This Potato Soup?
I don’t think I need to state that this potato soup isn’t a “skinny” soup. We’re talking hearty, ready for the cold weather kind of soup. So we’re going to see some heavy cream as well as cheddar cheese. Now, the cheddar is certainly optional, but if you’re going to make this soup, then you might as well go all the way. I would like to add that by adding the cheddar, it didn’t make that soup too insanely heavy.
Honestly, I was surprised. Any time I add cheddar, I feel like the soup thickens immensely and makes it so much more difficult to digest. Nope–not in this case! I feel that all the ingredients work well together and only make the flavor that more delightful.
If you’re worried about the soup being too heavy, then I’d like to offer this comparison. Is this soup heavy like a broccoli cheddar soup? Nope! Despite there being flour in it to thicken it up a bit, and heavy cream, AND cheddar cheese–this soup doesn’t thicken up much and luckily it doesn’t taste…heavy.
I know I’m using that word a lot, but another way that I’d describe an unsavory flavor of a “heavy” food is like when you feel yourself coated with sweat just from eating something greasy. Or when you feel bloated from overeating. This soup is hearty and certainly not light, but eating it doesn’t make you feel weighed down–that’s for sure. I think that’s why I enjoyed it so much.
Grey’s Grade: 5/5
This recipe for a sausage and potato soup is definitely on the heartier side, but I feel that it accomplishes what the recipe suggests. It’s very flavorful without making you feel like you need to fall into a food coma after. Depending on if you use sweet Italian sausage or spicy, the heat level of this soup is just right. I ended up using sweet Italian sausage and it was just right.
The ingredients are easy to get from any local grocery store, so this can certainly be made at any time of the year. I just like to make soups more often during the cooler months here in the Midwest.
Hearty, filling, and delicious! Just how I like it! 🙂
If you enjoy eating and making soup, then I give this sausage and potato soup my seal of approval! We’ll definitely be making this one again!
Do you have a favorite soup? Let me know what it is in the comments below!