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Monday, November 9, 2015

Creamy Potato, White Cheddar, and Kielbasa Soup

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Creamy Potato, White Cheddar, and Kielbasa Soup is a little taste of Oktoberfest you can have anytime of the year!  The addition of Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa takes a simple potato cheddar soup to a whole new taste level!

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With both my husband and I being of Eastern European decent, one of the events that we like to attend every year is Oktoberfest. Cleveland has a wonderful annual Oktoberfest event full of beer, great food and entertainment. It's something we both look forward to every year! Why does a cold beer taste so good when you are listening to an Oom Pa Pa Band?  haha 

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But why enjoy those flavors only once a year?

I made this soup last week, because I was thinking about all those great Old World Oktoberfest flavors I enjoyed at the festival last month.  Adding the Polska Kielbasa really elevates this soup in the flavor department and makes it a hearty choice for the colder weather months. 

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Hillshire Farm® Rope Sausage is a regular item on my shopping trips.  We love them because they are full of the flavors that we both grew up with.  I've used the Hillshire Farm® Rope Sausage in all sorts of recipes through the years. They add so much flavor to recipes, but they are also a convenient choice for a quick dinner making them the perfect sausage to celebrate Oktoberfest and beyond!  

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This soup is easy to make and get on your table even on a weeknight. If you don't own an immersion blender (but why wouldn't you?  They are awesome!) you can blend half of it up in a blender or go old school and use a potato masher.  

Garnished with a little dollop of sour cream and some fresh thyme, it not only tastes great but looks pretty too! 

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What will you make with Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa? 


Creamy Potato, White Cheddar, and Kielbasa Soup

Renee's Kitchen Adventures
Creamy Potato, White Cheddar, and Kielbasa Soup
A hearty and creamy potato soup with white cheddar cheese and Kielbasa for a taste of the Old World! 

Ingredients

  • 1 TBS unsalted butter
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • approx. 3 lbs. white potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 64 oz. chicken broth
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 3 TBS all purpose flour
  • 8 oz. shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 2 - 14 oz. packages of Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa, diced (I used Hillshire Farm® Turkey Polska Kielbasa)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In large cast iron dutch oven or stock pot, melt butter over med heat. Add in carrots, celery, and onion. Saute until veggies begin to soften. Add in the bay leaf and thyme.
  2. Add in the potatoes and chicken broth. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer, with pot partially covered. Cook until potatoes are tender, but not falling apart. (this time will vary with the size of your potatoes) Remove bay leaf.
  3. In small bowl, whisk together half and half with the flour and pour into soup. Cook for another 5 -10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. With an immersion blender, blend up the soup so about half is blended creamy, leaving a about half of the potatoes and veggies unblended.
  5. Stir in cheese and diced Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa. Taste for salt and pepper, and add as desired.
  6. Garnish with sour cream and fresh thyme, if desired.
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 50 mins.
Total time: 60 mins.
Tags: soup, potato, cheese, Kielbasa, dinner


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17 comments:

  1. This looks like a great, hearty soup for this time of year. I need something like this in my life this week! [client]

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  2. I'm totally drooling over this soup! Such a creative way to use the kielbasa!

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  3. Looks so creamy! And warming! Yummy!

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  4. I love making potato soup but I am loving it even more that you added kielbasa in this!

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    1. It really makes it a little more hearty and flavorful!

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  5. Oh yum! I just love Oktoberfest and German inspired recipes! :) Love how hearty and creamy this soup looks! Definitely going to have to give this recipe a go soon... :)

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  6. I love all the german flavors in this soup. We went to Germany when I was 9 yrs old and I loved everything.

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    1. We love German/Eastern European flavors too...but I've never been to Germany. :)

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  7. I love kielbasa. I'll have to make this. I had you this month and it was fun!

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  8. I love kielbasa. I'll have to make this. I had you this month and it was fun!

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  9. Our weather just dropped and I'm craving the warmth of soups! This is a great dish to celebrate Octoberfest with!

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  10. This sounds DELICIOUS Renee! I love Hillshire Farms kielbasa - and Oktoberfest - this recipe must be amazing!

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