Cheesy Italian Sausage Potato Chowder

As I was pulling on a second sweater and pair of socks the other day, I realized soup season had arrived. Which is awesome, cause it is my favorite. I am a year-round soup eater; even if it is 100 degrees outside, I won’t turn down a hot bowl of soup. Soup season helps my psyche however – people really do give you weird looks when you order chicken noodle soup during the middle of summer.
As I was pulling on a second sweater and pair of socks the other day, I realized soup season had arrived. Which is awesome, cause it is my favorite. I am a year-round soup eater; even if it is 100 degrees outside, I won’t turn down a hot bowl of soup. Soup season helps my psyche however – people really do give you weird looks when you order chicken noodle soup during the middle of summer.

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 pound loose mild Italian sausage
  • 1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups peeled diced potato
  • 3 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup heavy cream or milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions
  1. In a pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. When hot, add the onions. Sauté until translucent and add the Italian sausage. Break apart the sausage with a spoon and stir occasionally. When the sausage is brown, remove from heat.
  2. In a soup pot, combine the potatoes, chicken stock and celery. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.