I know I've posted lots of recipes lately and I was planning to share something else, but when you make the best soup EVER how can you not share!?!
As is pretty typical with my cooking, I gathered a few ingredients I thought would be good together, threw them in a pot, and called it dinner. Or in this case perfection. Whichever.
What I always fail to do is write the recipe down. Thus causing my family and myself to never taste of its awesomeness again.
Thankfully, Nathan, who isn't much of a soup guy, told me I should write it down and Abiah suggested I do it while we ate. So I did. They are so good to all of us, aren't they?
I call this Man Soup because it actually filled Nathan up AND he wanted me to write the recipe down, which, in "Nathan Speak", roughly means, "Woman! This is the best food EVER! Never stop making this as long as I'm alive! You amaze me! I knew I married you for more than your good looks, crazy awesome personality, and childbearing hips! Let me adorn you with diamonds and rare jewels and praise you at the city gates!"
Or something like that...
So, the recipe.
Please remember that when I cook I rarely use measuring devices unless I'm following a recipe. Especially with the spices. I under-guessed the measurements so that you can add what you feel it needs.
7ish medium sized potatoes, peeled and chopped
4 stalks celery, thinly sliced
Place these in a pot of water and boil until the potatoes are soft all the way through.
In the meantime brown the next two ingredients until they start to get just a little black on them.
Flavor people! We call it flavor.
1 large onion, chopped
1 lb Italian Turkey sausage
Add 1 tsp sage and mix together
When the potatoes are done add about a cup of the water to the pan of sausage and onions and add 1 tsp of chicken bullion stirring to combine ( the water from the cooking potatoes has lots of starch in it and will help to keep the soup thick).
When combined, add 1 more cup of the water and mix in.
Then add 1&1/2 cups of half-n-half.
You wanna do it. You know you do!
Simmer to thicken.
Now, you want to drain most of the remaining water leaving maybe 1 cup in the potatoes. I just drained it until I thought I could create a thick-ish soup.
This is the part where it would be helpful to have measurements and pictures. Neither of which I am good at or have. Sorry. Just trust your senses.
Now, mash the potatoes. You don't want it to be completely smooth though, so leave some lumps!
Add the simmering sausage mixture to the potatoes, stirring to combine. At this point you can add a cup or two of corn if you want (I added frozen corn to my kids bowls to cool their soup down).
Add 2 cups of shredded cheese AND a 1/4 block of cream cheese. It's so good you don't want to leave it out. I swear!
Mix until combined.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with big pieces of crusty bread and ENJOY!
The weather around here has definitely turned to soup season and I think we will be enjoying this one many times this winter.
Let me know how you like it!