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Potato Kielbasa Soup

This potato kielbasa soup recipe is full of cheese, crispy sausage pieces, and potato chunks! It’s a hearty and cheesy soup, perfect for lunch or dinner.

white bowl of potato kielbasa soup garnished with cheese

My Eastern European heritage has definitely influenced my life and what I eat. My Austrian grandmother was a baker and my Hungarian grandfather was a butcher.

Together, they grew currants, grapes, pears, and all of the traditional vegetable garden veggies in their Chicago backyard. Nothing went to waste – they canned everything. Or turned it into lecso.

I find myself gravitating towards all of the ingredients and foods I used to eat at grandma’s house. She is truly the inspiration behind my love of food. There was always hot soup available and sausage. Lots of sausages. Thanks, gramps, for your contribution!

So, in a way, this is kind of my recipe for them. Awwww…

potato kielbasa soup in a dutch oven with a wooden spoon

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Cheesy Potato Kielbasa Soup

This is a very hearty and rich soup. It’s the kind of soup that sticks to your ribs and warms up your entire body. 

How to make potato kielbasa soup

Begin by sautéing a sliced kielbasa sausage. You don’t want to overcook it, but it’s definitely better when the sausage pieces are a little crispy so keep that in mind when you’re standing at the stove. The directions call for 5-6 minutes of sauteing but if you want crispier sausage, make sure to adjust your cooking time.

When the sausage is fried, remove it from the Dutch oven (I love my Lodge dutch oven!) using a slotted spoon and set it aside on a plate covered with a paper towel to soak up some of the grease. Then add the veggies and saute them in the same pot.

You can see the full recipe below! This is just a general idea of how to make it. 

Add the chicken stock and potatoes to the pot; this is the longest part of the cooking process. Bring the stock to a boil and then reduce the heat to let the potatoes cook.

When the potatoes are tender, add the cooked sausage, milk, cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper to the pot. Once the cheese is melted and the soup is bubbling hot, it’s time to serve your soup.

Stir in some parsley, for color and flavor, and pair each bowl with a chunk of crusty bread. Yummmm.

2 bowls of potato kielbasa soup with chunks of crusty bread
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Potato Kielbasa Soup

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This potato kielbasa soup recipe is full of cheese, crispy sausage pieces, and potato chunks! It's a hearty and cheesy soup, perfect for lunch or dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound kielbasa, cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup finely diced yellow onion
  • ½ cup peeled and finely diced (2 large carrots)
  • ½ cup finely sliced celery (2-3 stalks)
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 pounds potato, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to a Dutch oven or soup pot and heat over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove the sausage using a slotted spoon.
  2. Add garlic, onions, carrots, and celery and sauté for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken stock and potatoes. Bring to boil and then reduce heat. Cover and cook for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Add the cooked sausage, milk, cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Stir and cook on low heat 5-10 minutes longer, until the cheese has melted.
  5. Stir in parsley before serving.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 336Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 817mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 15g
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Judith c taft

Wednesday 16th of September 2020

The cheese won’t melt,it was clumpy I followed to the recipe to the tea , the cheese was Sargento sharp cheese shedded what happened

Laura

Tuesday 15th of September 2020

What type of milk do you use? Is there a certain one that is better for this?

gayle burkett

Monday 14th of September 2020

We call this Polish Stew! Delicious!

Cindy

Friday 11th of September 2020

Just made this and it’s delicious. Got a bit of cheese clumps but that really doesn’t bother me. It’s kind of a nice surprise when you get a bit of gooey melted cheese in your mouth. I haven’t served it up yet but I know everyone is going to Love it

Brian

Tuesday 8th of September 2020

I made this soup tonight and it was DELICIOUS!! I may not have read the comments regarding the cheese. My cheese definitely clumped up, but it was a relatively easy fix.

CLUMPY CHEESE HACK! Thicken the soup.

In a separate small bowl add a little corn starch and water mix together well. Should look A little like milk when your done, then stir that into the soup. Turn the heat back on and stir for about 5 minutes. Voila! Thick non cheese clumping delicious soup!

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