Mutti Cates’ German Potato & Kielbasa Soup

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.

Fia Marquis

Fia Marquis is a home cook who enjoys gardening, creating recipes, collecting vintage Pyrex, cooking for herself and her husband, and trying to keep up with their toddler and three cats.

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