05 January 2009

Easy Potato-Sausage Soup

This recipe is one of our favorites. It is quick, easy, delicious and what I'm cooking tonight!

HT to Anne Garner for passing this one along!

1 lb. pork sausage
4 c. (16 oz.) frozen hash browns
1 lg. onion, chopped
1 can (14.5 oz.) chicken broth
2 c. water
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) cream of celery soup
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) cream of chicken soup (sometimes I sub. cream of mushroom)
2 c. milk
shredded cheddar cheese

Brown sausage in a large Dutch oven, over medium heat, stirring until it crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain and return to Dutch oven. Add potatoes and next 3 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Stir in soups and milk; cook, stirring often, until thoroughly heated. Do not boil. Garnish, if desired, with shredded cheddar cheese.

Serve with pimiento cheese sandwiches or pimiento cheese toast.


  1. Hey Aimee!

    Great blog! I always struggle with what to fix and would like to do better - I think your site will help!

    Also, post any suggestions that little girls might like - they are such picky eaters or I am such a crappy cook - either way, it's tough!

  2. We used to have picky eaters around our house. It was one of the worst things ever! We finally just had to buckle down and make them eat at least three bites of something we knew they liked and at least one bite of anything new or that they thought they didn't like. We called this a "thank you/no thank you" bite. You had to try it and THEN you could say "thank you" or "no, thank you". AND, they had to tell me "thank you" for cooking. It took us a long while, but it has paid off way beyond what I could have ever imagined. Now, they will eat just about anything I cook, or at least give it a try and not complain about it. And, no dessert without eating everything on your plate. I never put more than a couple of bites of anything new and never overfill their plates. So, they get desserts most nights and have learned to like a ton of different dishes. They will literally eat all of the dishes I posted.

    Again...it took us awhile and lots of tears at the table and going to bed without much to eat; however, it seems to have finally sunk in and they have learned that food is really good. They even like to help in the kitchen. That helps too...having some sense of ownership in what is being cooked.

    We tried lots of different approaches from lots of well-meaning and well-intentioned sources, but finally realized that for our kids it was really a matter of gratitude and appreciation for someone doing something for you as well as learning some basic manners.

    From time to time they still get what I consider "kid fare": chicken dinosaurs, pasta, hot dogs, etc. This helps some, too, I think, just knowing that every dinner is not unknown foods. We also tried to be as calm and patient as possible. We stated the "rules" and stuck by our guns. Not always easy, but with lots of prayer, it worked!

    Hang in there and know that it will get better!

  3. Chris...I meant to add that I'm betting you are NOT a crappy cook. If you like it, then they will one day, too!

    When we have "kid fare" around here, I'll be sure to post. I don't do specific kid dishes, mainly because I don't have the time, energy or the inclination. :-)

  4. Thanks for the info! It makes a lot of sense - you would be proud - I fixed a chicken tetrazzini last night! The girls ate it! I did have to pick out the mushrooms and the chicken for Cam but they ate what was left! Cam is not a big meat eater - Sid will eat all kinds of meat! Like her father!