One of my favorite comfort food dishes that my mother makes is boiled kielbasa, onions and potatoes. It’s so simple that it takes almost no time to prepare — the most labor-intensive part of making it is peeling and slicing the potatoes and onions. This soup, a family favorite of my good friends Helen and Margaret, comes from their mom’s kitchen, and takes the combination of potatoes and kielbasa just that step further. It’s a stick-to-your-ribs, warming meal that is absolutely perfect for a dreary, gray day.
(I may have gone a bit overboard with the mashing…)
Mutti Cates’ German Potato & Kielbasa Soup
- 1 packaged kielbasa, sliced
- 2 lb potatoes, peeled and quartered
- 2 lb carrots, peeled and cut
- 1/2 cup celery root, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 5 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
- 3-4 cups chicken or beef broth
- salt and pepper to taste
In a stock pot, place potatoes, carrots, celery root, onion, garlic and broth. Add water to cover if necessary. Bring to a boil for one hour or until all vegetables are tender. Mash vegetables, add kielbasa, and stir. Heat until kielbasa is warmed through, and serve.