Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Potato Sausage and Cheese Soup

 Cooking for 30 kids a day causes me to constantly come up with new recipes.  I made this soup for the after school kids tomorrow. I sure as shit hope that Trump doesn't cut the program for these kids.  Not that I am funded to do this but for 3 hours every day after school these kids get help with homework and have a safe place to socialize.  I just supply them with a hot meal.  So fingers crossed that this program doesn't get canceled.
While I was making this soup, I wasn't sure how much the kids would like it.  It turns out it is now their favorite soup.  I made 18 quarts of this and more than half had been eaten in less than half an hour.  They polished the rest off during their break.
 Here's the recipe which serves 6:

1 diced onion
2 diced celery stalks
2 diced  carrots
4 cups cubed potatoes
1 pound Italian sausage
3 cups chicken stock
1 cup cream
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
salt, pepper and 1/2 tsp. of dried thyme

Saute' the onion, celery and carrots in a couple tablespoons of olive oil.  Brown the sausage separately and set it aside. Add the chicken stock and the potatoes and bring to a low boil and cook until the potatoes are almost tender. Add the salt and pepper to taste and the thyme.  Taste the broth and adjust the seasoning.  Depending on your stock, you might want to add a bit of chicken bouillon.  Add the sausage, 1 cup of heavy cream and 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese.