Sunday, November 13, 2011

Creamy Sausage Soup

My good friend Karen gave me this recipe and said it would be perfect for a hearty meal at The Farm. She was so right!
Below is the recipe as Karen gave it to me, but being the non-measuring, use what I have on hand, dump it in and stir kind of cook that I am, a few modifications ended up in my pot.
I used link sweet Italian sausage cut in bite size pieces, cheddar instead of American cheese, diced the carrots instead of shredding and added a few dashes of cayenne to get a nice amount of heat. I also just dolloped the sour cream into each bowl instead of blending it in the pot, just because I thought it would look pretty.

1 pkg. hot italian sausage (most are a pound)
1/2 lb. ground beef
3/4 c. diced onion
3/4 c. shredded carrots
3/4 c. diced celery
3 c. chicken broth
4 c. diced potatoes
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
8 oz. American cheese, cubed
1 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream (or half and half)
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tbsp. fresh basil or 1 tsp. dried
1 tbsp. fresh parsley or 1 tsp. dried
4 tbsp. butter, divided
1/4 c. sour cream

In a 3 quart cast iron pot, brown the ground beef and sausage; drain set aside.  In the same saucepan, saute onion, carrots and celery in 1 tbsp of butter until vegetable are tender, about 10 minutes.  Add broth, potatoes and meat; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender.  Meanwhile in a small skillet, melt remaining butter.  Add flour; cook and stir 3-5 minutes or until bubbly.  Add to soup; bring to a boil.  If soup is not thick enough, make a slurry of cold water and flour; shake well so there are no lumps.  Add to soup and boil gently.  Cook and stir 2 minutes, then remove from heat.  Let cool for 5 minutes.  Add cheese, heavy whipping cream (or half and half), salt, pepper and herbs; stir until cheese melts.  Take sour cream and blend in a bowl so it is not so thick; blend sour cream into soup.

A nice hunk of  BEER BREAD with an assortment of local honey, butter and jams completed the meal.


Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Oh, wow -- this sounds delicious. And the bread looks awesome. :)

Cathy H. said...

YOU MAKE MY MOUTH WATER!!! This looks delicious!! This would taste good right about now. It's chilly and rainy here. The light on the loaf of bread is so beautful!!

Debbie said...

That looks so good! I can't wait to try it at my house. Thanks for the recipe!

Allison said...

My husband will LOVE this soup. And I was just thinking yesterday how cozy soup will be on warm winter evenings now. As for that beer bread? My kids will gobble it down just because of the name! To think! They are ALLOWED to eat beer! :D