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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Cold weather is finally here! And you know what that means? More soup!! We eat soup year 'round but more so in the winter months. This made a nice big, comforting pot of creamy goodness and we were very disappointed when it was all gone. This is really, REALLY good!

Kielbasa and Potato Chowdah


14 ounce package kielbasa or Polish sausage, cut into 1/2-inch "coins" then cut in half
5 bacon strips, diced
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 32-ounce containers chicken broth
2 1/2 cups water ~ divided use
1/4 cup flour
3 medium potatoes, cubed
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon
1/2 teaspoon pepper
salt to taste
2/3 cup chopped fresh spinach
1 cup heavy whipping cream

In a skillet, brown kielbasa and bacon. Add onion and garlic and cook until onion is tender.

In a large pot, bring broth and 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the potatoes, bouillon, salt and pepper. Cook for 10 - 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Combine remaining 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup flour until smooth. Add to the pot to thicken the chowder.

Add the meat mixture and spinach. Cook over medium heat for 2 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Reduce heat.

Add the cream and cook until heated through.

Here's the stuff. You see 3 potatoes 
in this picture but because they were so big, 
I only used two of them.

Cut the kielbasa then brown with the bacon.

Then add the onion and garlic 
and cook until tender.

Bring the broth and water to boil. 
Add the potatoes, bullion, salt and pepper. 
Cook until potatoes are tender. 
Then combine the remaining water 
and cornstarch and pour into the pot 
to thicken the liquid.

Add the meat mixture and spinach 
and cook a few minutes. 
Then add the cream and heat through.

Serve with warm, crusty bread. Mmmmm.....