Simple and delicious sausage soup for busy nights

Simple and delicious sausage soup for busy nights

Before we had kids, my husband and I were really great cooks.

He made these fancy marinades and spice rubs and did all these weird grilling things involving cedar planks and applewood chips (that’s a thing, right?) and fancy briquettes. He shopped at a store dedicated to nothing but barbeques. He read Steven Raichlen and watched every grilling-related show on the Food Network.

I, on the other hand, baked and made fancy sides and it was all very delicious, I tell you what.

And then we had kids. And we realized that all those people we thought were too lazy to make a proper meal were actually the opposite of lazy and we were impressed they actually ate at all.

Although that early-baby haze is finally settling, I’m finding that I still don’t have time for all those things I said I’d do when the kids got older. I forgot about the fact that even though they’re not babies who want to be held all the time, they grew and wanted to do other things that mean I get to drive them around until 6pm. And there are four of them.

So. All this to say…while I no longer have tiny babies, I still need meals that come together fast. Also I need meals that everyone likes, at least some of the time. I’m not above making new things and ignoring the complainers, but sometimes you need that trusty standby you can whip out at the last minute and know everyone’s going to eat and you will have no drama that makes your ears hurt.

This sausage soup is it.

It’s good in the winter. It’s good in the summer. The sausage freezes well so if you find a good sale, grab a few and keep them on-hand. It also unfreezes well so you can pull it out close to dinner time and still be ready pretty quickly. Pair it with some High Altitude Zucchini Bread and you’re good to go. At least, until tomorrow night.

Simple and delicious sausage soup for busy nights

Yield: 5

Simple and delicious sausage soup for busy nights


  • 1 kielbasa (Polish sausage), sliced
  • 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 c milk
  • 1 potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 small can of sliced black olives
  • 1/2 c hot water
  • 1 12oz can of corn


  1. Saute the sausage and onions together until both are lightly browned.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, boil water and cook the potato until soft.
  3. Combine sausage, onions, potato, and all remaining ingredients in a stockpot, heat through and serve.
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