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Sauerkraut Sausage Soup

by on Dec.23, 2014, under Yummies

Sauerkraut Sausage Soup

When it gets cold and damp during the winter months, I start craving soup like many others do. This is actually a relatively new thing for me, since I have never been a big soup eater, unless I am fighting some type of plague. And up until just a couple of years ago, all soup for me came out of a can. Well thankfully I have found that I can make soup myself, and it is stupid-easy and tastes awesome when done correctly.

This recipe came to me courtesy of a co-worker who brought this to my office as part of an international pot-luck lunch that we held. I actually went back for seconds on this and then had to ask for the recipe. The flavor of the sauerkraut is present but not overwhelming. The ham and sausage add good texture and additional savory/salty flavors. While I dont know if I will ever get to make this at home (The Man does not like beans), it sure would hit the spot on this cold rainy gloomy day before Christmas Eve.

Sauerkraut Sausage Soup
 
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Type: Soup, Main Dish
Serves: 8
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Ingredients
  • 1 48-ounce box of low sodium chicken stock. (there lots of sodium in everything else, so low sodium is the best)
  • 21 ounces of jarred sauerkraut with juices. (I prefer Claussen or Hengstenberg)
  • 2 cans cannellini beans (do not drain or rinse)
  • 1 can navy beans (do not drain or rinse)
  • 1 package of diced ham (approximately 1 cup)
  • 1 package of kielbasa sausage - uncooked - cut into ¼" slices
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 whole Bay leaves
  • 3 teaspoons fennel seeds
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into a soup pot or crock pot. Stir together well.
  2. Cook for 3 hours. You want the beans to soften up and the onions to cook, everything else is already cooked.
  3. Remove bay leaves just prior to serving.

 

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Loaded Cheddar Potato Soup

by on Dec.28, 2012, under Yummies

I am not much of a soup person, and only recently have I started thinking of soup as a dinner option. I still don’t tend to think of it as a main course, but now that winter is really here, it has been more on my mind as a co-star of the dinner table.

I was feeling a little under the weather the day after Christmas this year, and was really craving some warm and hearty comfort food. We had some wonderful left over prime rib from Christmas dinner I wanted to use to make french dip sandwiches with, and when thinking about what to serve with it, Loaded Cheddar Potato soup came to mind. I recalled having made this one before, but that it turned out sub-par. I checked all my usual recipe sources to find a tried and well-reviewed recipe, but every one I came across had an ingredient I or my husband aren’t fans of, or were missing what I felt was a key component. Thus I decided to take the things I liked from several recipes and throw them together to see what came of it. Luckily, it was DELICIOUSNESS!

Soup Recipe Dinner

Loaded Cheddar Potato Soup
 
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Serves: 6-8
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Ingredients
  • 3 large Russet Potatoes, scrubbed and cubed
  • 3 cups Vegetable Stock
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 16oz Velveeta Cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup Sharp Cheddar, shredded
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon Pepper
  • 2-4 pieces of Bacon, cooked and crumbled (for topping)
  • 1 Green Onion, sliced (for topping)
  • Additional Sharp Cheddar, shredded (for topping)
  • Sour Cream (for topping)
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water with a generous pinch of kosher salt added to a boil. Once boiling, add potatoes and cook 12-15 minutes until soft, but not totally falling apart.
  2. Drain potatoes and leave in colander. Put pot back on stove.
  3. Add vegetable stock and heavy cream to pot and bring to boil over medium-high heat.
  4. As liquid heats up, add cubes of Velveeta, stirring often to help it melt.
  5. Once all the Velveeta is in and melted and liquid is starting to bubble, add 1 cup of shredded sharp cheddar. Stir to help cheese melt and incorporate.
  6. Add cooked potatoes back into pot with the cheese liquid. Using a handheld potato masher, roughly mash potatoes in the soup, leaving a few chunks.
  7. Stir in salt and pepper. The measurements above are just my best guess, as I just added each to taste.
  8. Turn off heat and ladle into serving bowls.
  9. Top with generous pinches of the extra shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, and green onion. Add a dollop of Sour Cream, if desired.

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