Potato Soup with Sausage and Broccoli

Now this is fall weather.

Yesterday totally made up for the first four days of October. We had blue skies, a slight breeze, and sunshine. Temps in the 70s, but chilly enough in the morning that I could see my breath when I took Maggie outside before the sun had risen.

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And fall, more than anything else, is the beginning of soup season for me.

Soups are easy – quick to throw together on a chilly night after work, everything bubbling away in one pot. Holding that warm bowl right up to my chin (mostly to keep myself from spilling soup all over myself), curled up with just a spoon and the heat from the soup is one of the best things about fall and winter.

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Potato soup is something special. I don’t think I’ve ever met a soup I didn’t like, but there’s something about potato soup that makes me indescribably happy.

It’s like the food version of sweatpants. Warm, soft, always dependable.

Maybe it’s the creamy potatoes or the usual scattering of bacon over the top. It could be the touch of cream swirling in right before digging in or the ridiculous amount of green onions I always add to my bowl. Please tell me I’m not the only one who loves green onions this much.

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Whatever it is, I’m so happy it’s soup season again.

This soup started out as a loaded baked potato-type soup, and I completely changed gears once the potatoes were boiling.

Don’t you love that? My random change-in-the-middle-of-cooking recipes are sometimes the ones that turn out the best. Probably because I’m not over thinking anything. Maybe because those last minute decisions are the ones I should have made in the first place.

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This didn’t turn out how I originally planned it, but it’s pretty high on the list of my favorite potato soups.

 

Potato Soup with Sausage and Broccoli

Makes: 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
  • 2 links hot italian sausage, removed from casing
  • 1/2 cup scallions, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, bring potatoes, broth, water, and salt to a boil. Cook on high, stirring occasionally for 10-15 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender. Lower the heat.
  2. Using a potato masher (or blender, if you want your soup completely smooth), mash the potatoes in the broth and water until most of the potatoes have broken down.
  3. Stir in the broccoli and return to a simmer.
  4. While the broccoli is cooking in the soup, heat a pan over medium heat and add the sausage, breaking it up in the pan as it cooks and browns.
  5. Once the sausage is cooked, add it to the soup along with the evaporated milk, scallions, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
  6. Let the soup simmer for another 5-10 minutes.
  7. Serve with extra scallions.

17 comments

  1. What a lovely combination of flavours – perfect for Autumn and this sounds so warm and comforting.

  2. Yum! My family is going to love this recipe! We all can’t get enough of soup :D

  3. Sausage in potato soup..? Brilliant!!! yesterday was absolutely perfect weather here too – after all the gloomy cold weather it was so nice to finally have a sunny fall day!!!

  4. Seriously, all I’ve been craving lately is soup! And this potato soup is definitely comfort heaven.

  5. I loveeeeeeee soup! I threw together a random spicy crab soup last night- delicious. Potato soups are especially comforting. I bet this was filling- yum!

  6. Oh man, this looks like total comfort food. Delicious!

  7. Some people call it football season, you call it soup season – LOVE that! This looks so steamy and comforting!

  8. I’m all about soup lately too. This sounds great!

  9. I love potato soup. It’s one of those things I start seriously craving once the weather chills out. And with sausage, even better.

  10. fabulous! i haven’t made any soups yet this year, but i did just get a ton of potatoes in my csa :)

  11. I love soup and can’t wait for it to feel like fall again–it’s been in the 80s here all week! My husband would love this. Hopefully once it cools down I can try it out.

  12. Oh my gosh, I cannot remember the last time I had potato soup! This looks delicious and the perfect texture! I don’t do sausage so I’ll omit that but I can’t wait to make it!

  13. LOVE potato soup! Can’t wait to try your version :)

  14. Potato soup was my favorite soup growing up. Yours looks wonderful!

  15. I completely agree…fall without soup is like summer without ice cream! I’ve never cooked with evaporated milk before, but I hear it is a magical ingredient. I will certainly be trying your soup this fall :)

  16. Oh my does this soup look so comforting, creamy and oh so good! Love that addition of hot italian sausage in the potato soup. :) YUM!

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