Sausage and Potato Soup

Nothing is better on a cold winter night than a hot bowl of soup! Soup isn’t usually the main course unless it’s eaten for lunch, but a hearty stew-like soup can be filling on it’s own.
I like recipes that are easy to follow and use ingredients that can be found in most kitchens. It’s disappointing to see a delicious looking dish but be unable to try it because you don’t have all the specialty ingredients on hand. In general, I will only post recipes that are easy and require basic/common ingredients so that you can try it right away. I also think it’s great when you find a recipe that isn’t too strict and allows you to easily play around with measurements and other ingredients. I love crock pot recipes but sometimes I can’t decide on a recipe until it’s almost dinner time. This is a stovetop recipe and should only take about 45 minutes from start to finish. If you’re like me, you’ll love my recipe for sausage and potato soup!

What you’ll need:

-1 lb of ground sausage (this can be breakfast sausage or Italian. You can even use links and peel them open to get the ground sausage out, or slice them into small pieces. I have even used frozen boxed breakfast sausage links- not quite as good, but it totally works!)
-5 or 6 potatoes (more or less depending on size- you’ll want it to be about the same amount as the sausage)
-about 2 cups of chicken or vegetable broth or bouillon (I haven’t tried it but you could probably use beef too)
-about 2 cups of water
-kosher salt (amount depends on preference and you could substitute regular salt)
-black pepper (as peppery as you like)
-a pinch of onion powder
-a pinch of garlic powder
-a pinch of seasoned salt
-a pinch of parsley (optional)
-large stock pot
-frying pan

Step One:
Pour the stock into the stock pot and add the water. Bring to a boil.

Step Two:
Fry the sausage.

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Step Three:
While the sausage is frying, peel the potatoes. Dice them up into approximately 1/4″ chunks.

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Step Four:
Add potatoes to stock pot. Allow them to boil for 5-10 minutes until they are reasonably soft. Reduce temperature to medium low.

Step Five:
Add sausage, salt, pepper, onion, garlic, seasoned salt and parsley to the stock pot. Allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring frequently. If soup becomes too thick, add more broth/water.

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If you want some vegetables in your meal, add diced carrots or celery.
Feel free to play around with the amounts! Only have a 1/2 lb of sausage? Just make sure to chop it up small with your spatula to spread it through the soup better. It’s delicious even with just potato as the main ingredient!
This soup pairs well with a thick slice of hearty grain bread or a grilled cheese- although it will probably fill you up on it’s own!

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