Fall is my absolute favorite time of year! I love the cool days, leaves falling off trees and cozy nights snuggled under the covers! October just flew by this year, but there's still time to celebrate with an Oktoberfest themed meal! I'd love to visit Munich, Germany someday to attend Oktoberfest. How fun would that be?
I come from a pretty large German family. My grandparents and great grandparents spoke German more than English in their homes. I grew up eating tons of German inspired foods and I still love them to this day. Any time there was a potluck or family gathering, you'd always find either kielbasa and sauerkraut or pork chops and sauerkraut in a slow cooker somewhere. Those two meals were also served for dinner on a semi regular basis. Total German Minnesotan comfort food at it's finest!
Since sausage and sauerkraut go so well together, I decided to try them in a soup. This Creamy Sausage, Potato and Sauerkraut Soup is absolutely fantastic and perfect for any fall or Oktoberfest meal! It's creamy and cheesy and I used Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa along with the potatoes and sauerkraut in this soup. Since it's ready in less than 30 minutes, it's great for any weeknight meal or lunch.
Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa is so versatile. I love cooking it and serving with a couple sides, or it's also great sliced up and added to pasta bakes or one pot meals. I love that it's budget friendly, making it perfect for families and the flavor of the kielbasa is wonderful.
I hope you enjoy this recipe for Oktoberfest or for a weeknight meal! The ingredients are so unique, but the flavors are out of this world!
Creamy Sausage, Potato and Sauerkraut Soup
Ingredients (4 servings)
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 medium onion, finely diced
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 1- 14 ounce Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa, halved and sliced
- 1 1/2 cups cooked diced potatoes
- 1 cup sauerkraut
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- black pepper
In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and saute for about five minutes, until tender. Add flour, stirring until completely combined. Cook for one minute, then add the chicken broth and milk.
Turn heat to medium high, then cook stirring often until broth begins to thicken. Reduce heat to medium then add Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa, diced potatoes, sauerkraut and parsley. Simmer for five minutes, then add shredded cheddar. Stir to combine and remove from heat. Serve sprinkled with black pepper.
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I found Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa in the meat section at my local Walmart! The next time you're out shopping for groceries, check it out and give it a try!
Does your family celebrate Oktoberfest? Do you have any favorite Oktoberfest themed meals?
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