Monday, February 27

Good Eating Monday: Creamy Sausage Potato & Sauerkraut Soup!

Don't let the title fool you---this Pinterest recipe is the most delicious soup I've ever tasted! I tried it just for us and it was soooo good, I made a bigger batch for our Bible Study group on  friends on Sunday and our friend, Hope, who isn't fond of sauerkraut said offered a revised opinion: "I do like sauerkraut in this," she said.
It's cheesy and rich with a touch of onion & polish kielbasa flavor!
Great with cornbread or rye rolls while weather is still chilly outside!

Creamy Sausage Potato & Sauerkraut Soup
4 Tablespoons butter 
1 medium onion, diced
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 1/2 cups milk
1  Polish Kielbasa, halved, then sliced
1 1/2 cup cooked diced potatoes
1 cup sauerkraut
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley (or 2 Tablespoons fresh, snipped finely)
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Black Pepper
Optional: 1 to 2 teaspoons Caraway Seed

Prep for recipe by dicing potatoes into cubes and partically cooking in boiling water for a few minutes, then draining, so potatoes can finish cooking in soup.
Then in large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat then add onions & saute about 5 minutes until onions are tender. 
Add flour to butter & onions, stirring until completely combined.
Turn heat to medium high and gradually add broth, stirring as you add to smooth out the thickened flour & onion mix. 
Add milk and continue stirring until broth starts to thicken.
Reduce heat to medium and add kielbasa, potatoes, kielbasa, parsley and black pepper to taste. 
Let simmer 10 minutes, then add cheese, stir in until melted, then removed from heat & serve with cornbread or rye rolls.
Now I missed observing the recipe said "cooked" potatoes, so I just added raw diced potatoes and let the soup cook longer until they got tender, about 30 minutes. That works.
The Caraway Seeds are a real flavor plus in this soup. If you use Bavarian Sauerkraut, it has Caraway Seeds in it and is a slightly sweeter kraut then plain.
The "1 cup of sauerkraut" is just half a 15 oz can. I think I'd just dump in the whole can next time, since I don't have anything in particular to do with leftover kraut.
I doubled the recipe for my Sunday crowd; everything except the kraut. One can is plenty.

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