This soup is a staple at our house in the winter. I made it the other day with Funari's Italian Sausage and was VERY impressed by how lean and meaty this sausage is. And flavorful -- and LOCAL.
Find these spicy treats at the Holiday Market or at Leatherby's in downtown Redding or online at their web site: Furnari Sausage
Toss these ingredients into your crock pot in the morning, enjoy a warm bowl of wonderful in the evening.
Here's the recipe:
Potato Sausage Soup
Brown 1 lb of Italian sausagein a large skillet (buy bulk sausage, or take it out of the casings)
add 2 cups of chopped onions
and 2 cups chopped celery
and saute til the veggies are soft.
Put the sausage and onions and celery into your crock pot. Add:
2 1/2 lbs of russet potatoes, peeled and chunked
Pour in enough chicken broth (or broth and water) to cover the whole mess. Turn it on low and let it cook for 5-6 hours. Mash the soup (with a potato masher) a bit, add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
If you want to make it fancy, you can add some heavy cream at the end. Or cheddar cheese. Or top with chopped chives. Or stir some sherry in at the end...You get the picture? It's yours to play with and make your own. Enjoy.