This cheesy sausage potato soup recipe is thick, creamy, and so comforting! It's made with everyday ingredients for an easy and filling meal.
Italian sausage and melt-in-your-mouth potatoes in a rich cheddar broth hits the spot! This soup is definitely indulgent... perfect for when you just want a hug in a bowl.
How to make cheesy sausage and potato soup (overview):
In a soup pot, cook the crumbled sausage until it's browned, then transfer it to a plate. Add in the butter, then sauté the chopped onion and celery. Stir in the garlic and flour to make a roux, then whisk in the chicken broth until the flour has dissolved. Add in the cream, Worcestershire sauce, potatoes, red pepper flakes and cooked sausage. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes have cooked. Stir in the cheddar and season to taste. (Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below)
This cheesy sausage soup with potatoes is sure to be a hit with both kids and adults, so I would definitely give it a try if you have some picky eaters in your family. 😉
Recipe notes & tips:
- As always, for this type of recipe, I recommend grating your own cheese as it tastes and melts much better than the pre-grated bagged kind. I grate the cheddar with this grater and it only takes me a few minutes. Use a good quality old/sharp cheddar.
- I used a 5-pack of Johnsonville Italian sausages. You can definitely use a different brand or buy sausage meat so you can skip the step of taking the meat out of the sausage casings.
- For best results, be sure to dice the potatoes fairly small so they cook quickly.
- This soup is not spicy when you use mild Italian sausage (even if you add the red pepper flakes), so you can definitely up the spice by adding more red pepper and/or by using hot Italian sausage.
- You don't need to go out and buy a bottle of Worcestershire sauce just for this recipe, but I like how it adds a little extra something-something to recipes, so I always keep some in my fridge.
- This soup is actually quite delicious without the cheddar, so you can definitely leave it out if for whatever reason you aren't a fan.
- This soup reheats quite well (low heat is best to avoid any separation), but creamy/cheesy soups don't tend to freeze too well.
More recipes with Italian sausage:
- Italian Sausage White Bean Soup
- Sausage and Sweet Potato Soup
- Spicy Italian Sausage Pasta
- Zuppa Toscana (Sausage, Bacon, Potato, and Kale Soup)
- Creamy Sausage Soup
Questions about this cheesy sausage potato soup? Let me know in the comments below!
Cheesy Sausage Potato Soup
- 17.6 ounces (500g) Italian sausages see note
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 medium onion chopped small
- 2 sticks celery chopped small
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 6 tablespoons flour
- 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional
- 1 pound Russet potatoes peeled & diced small
- 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Crumble the sausages into a soup pot. Over medium-high heat, cook until browned (about 10 minutes). Transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Leave the fat in the pot, but if it's more than about a tablespoon, drain some of it out.
- Add the butter to the pot and once it's melted, add the onion and celery and sauté for 4-5 minutes. Scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pot.
- Stir in the garlic and flour. Cook for about 2 minutes, breaking it up with your spoon/stirring it as you go along. This step cooks the raw flour flavor out.
- Slowly whisk in the chicken broth until all the flour has dissolved and there's no lumps.
- Stir in the cream, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper flakes, potatoes, and add the sausage meat back to the pot. Increase the heat to high and bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat so it's bubbling but not boiling like crazy (medium-low heat works with my cast iron pot and gas stove). Cover the pot with the lid slightly open.
- Let the soup simmer for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and the soup has thickened up to your liking. I like to stir it a few times to ensure nothing is sticking and that the stove's temperature is still correct.
- Turn the stove off, and then stir in the cheddar gradually. If the soup seems too thick, add in a splash more chicken broth (milk or cream works too).
- Season with salt & pepper if needed.
- I used a 5-pack of Johnsonville Italian sausages (use mild or hot) for this recipe. Anything in the ballpark weight-wise will work. Or use ground sausage meat to skip the step of taking it out of the casings.
- Be sure to cut the potatoes into small pieces so that they cook fast.
- Serves 4-6 depending on how much people eat.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.