Friday, January 16, 2009

Sausage Soup

I’ve made this recipe for years now.  The family loves it, it’s total comfort food…

~ jan

1 lb. polish kielbasa, I use Oscar Mayer Turkey Kielbasa, less calories and fat) cut into fat 1/2 inch slices then dice each slice cut into four sections - you can stack these and do several at once with a chef knife
1 large bag shredded coleslaw mix (the kind with carrots)
1 large onion, diced
3-4 large potatoes, diced, or you can use frozen hash browns, real potatoes are much better
1-2 cups chicken stock
4-5 cups 2% milk, part fat free half and half
about 2/3 cup flour to thicken -
big piece of Velveeta cut into small chunks (when I say a big piece, I mean almost half of a 2 lb. loaf)
salt and pepper to taste, I use a lot of fresh cracked black pepper

Simmer kielbasa, onions, potatoes and shredded coleslaw mix  in stock until tender.

Put flour and some milk into a shaker container, shake well and then strain it into the broth so that it doesn’t lump. add the rest of the milk and half and half, don’t boil this, just get it hot and remove from heat.

This will thicken as it heats, I don’t boil it because I’ve curdled it at the last minute by boiling it, now I just get it really hot, the cheese melts and it’s finished.

Note:  Use chicken stock instead of broth (Swanson makes it in a box, it’s next to the chicken broth at the grocers, of course, homemade stock is even better) and don’t use any more stock than necessary to cook the veggies without sticking – check vegetables frequently as this can easily boil dry.  I don’t like to use a lot of broth because it dilutes the soup.  You can make this with 1%  milk, but it isn’t nearly as good, you need the 2% milk for a rich taste.  Add as much fat free half and half to this as you want, I don’t use an exact recipe, as you can see, I’ve made it so many time I just wing it.