Comfort Essentials: Cheesy Potato/Sausage Soup

Andy Anderson !


I made this soup for my country-club ladies for Sunday brunch. They always seem to want to challenge me with something.

Anyway I had been wanting some potato soup for some time, and this was my opportunity to make some. This will be on my Autumn/Winter rotation for this year.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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20 Min
35 Min
Stove Top



  • 4 slice
    slab bacon, diced
  • 1/2 lb
    sausage, more on this later
  • 1/2 medium
    yellow onion, diced
  • 6 clove
    baked garlic, smashed
  • 3 Tbsp
    flour, all-purpose variety
  • 2 c
    chicken stock, not broth
  • 1 1/2 c
    whole milk, slightly warmed
  • 1 1/4 lb
    potatoes, yukon gold variety, diced
  • 3/4 c
    cheddar cheese, sharp variety
  • 1/4 c
    parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 tsp
    creole spice, i prefer, tony chachere’s, or to taste
  • 1/2 c
    sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp
    white pepper, freshly ground, or to taste

  • 1 - 2 pinch
    cayenne, for kick
  • ·
    additional bacon and shredded cheese for garnish
  • 1 Tbsp
    dry sherry, added at the end (recommended)

How to Make Comfort Essentials: Cheesy Potato/Sausage Soup


  2. There are all kinds of sausages out there… You could do Italian sausage, brats, turkey sausage, it is up to you. I am using some Johnsonville brats for this version. If the skin is rather thick, you might want to remove it; if it is thin, do not bother.
  3. I dice my potatoes, but I do not peel them… I think it adds to the rustic nature of the soup. If you prefer your taters peeled, no worries.
  4. If six cloves of garlic seem like a lot, remember that this is “baked” garlic, and therefore much milder. If you have never baked any garlic, here is an easy/peasy recipe:
    Cooking Essentials: Baked Garlic
    Once you bake some garlic, I guarantee you will find a lot of great uses for it.
  5. I am making this soup in a Dutch oven; however, any good pot will do nicely.
  6. Dairy-based soups do not freeze very well. When they defrost, they have a tendency to separate, and taste grainy.
    But, there is a way around this, make the soup, but do not add the milk, sour cream, or cheeses. Freeze in a good container. When you bring the soup out, let is defrost on the countertop, then add to a pot over low heat, and gently stir in the dairy elements. You will have a great fresh-tasting soup, with a minimum of cooking.
    FYI: The unconsumed soup, should last in the fridge for 3 – 4 days. Just keep it tightly sealed.
  7. The best way to smash up a bunch of baked garlic, is to place it on a cutting board, sprinkle with a bit of salt, and then mush it up with the side of a kitchen knife, or Santuku
  8. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  9. Place the diced bacon in a pot over medium heat.
  10. Cook until nice and crisp, about 5 – 7 minutes.
  11. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon, and reserve.
  12. Cook the sausages in the bacon grease, until browned, about 3 - 4 minutes.
  13. Remove the sausage and reserve with the bacon.
  14. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease from the pot, and add the onions.
  15. Cook over medium heat until they begin to soften, about 3 – 5 minutes.
  16. Add the garlic, and cook, while stirring, for 1 minute.
  17. Add the flour, and cook , while stirring, for 1 minute.
  18. Add the stock and milk, then cook, while stirring, for 2 – 3 minutes.
  19. Add the diced potatoes, bring the pot up to a simmer, and allow to simmer, while occasionally stirring, until the potatoes begin to soften, and the soup thickens, about 12 – 15 minutes.
  20. Add the cheeses to the pot, and stir until they have melted, about 1 minute.
  21. Add the bacon sausage, and sour cream, and allow to simmer for an additional 1 – 2 minutes.
  22. While the soup is simmering, add the white pepper to taste.
  23. Chef’s Note: If you are adding the optional Cajun spice, and cayenne, do so now.
  25. Serve while nice and warm with oyster crackers, or toasty bread. Enjoy.
  26. Keep the faith, and keep cooking :-)

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About Comfort Essentials: Cheesy Potato/Sausage Soup

Course/Dish: Cream Soups
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Soy Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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