My hubby's uncle created this wonderful soup...everyone slurps it up. It is excellent served with a crunchy French bread! Word of warning: we like our food hot, you may not need as much cayenne chilli as called for in recipe.
This deserves a 5+. It is exactly like the Olive Garden soup that makes their soup, salad, and breadsticks my husband's favorite meal eating out. When I was looking for the perfect soup for the rainy week of weather we were getting I found this. It probably saved his co-workers alot of grouchiness. I used Johnsonville brats as they are his favorite. I also left half the skins on the potatoes to give it some depth and contrast. The garlic and onions were crushed and minced instead of processed to keep the cellular walls intact to preserve the flavor(over processing can break the cell membrane and chenge the flavors). Served with a crusty bread and garden salad its easier than waiting in line for 30mins at Olive Garden and just as fulfilling. - 29 Nov 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Great recipe! I used sweet Italian turkey sausage and added celery and carrots. Adding a pinch of crushed red pepper made the soup delicious and spicy. Can't wait to make it again. mmm... - 05 Nov 2001 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
definately have to cut down on the cayenne next time I make this 2tsp was more than enough for us. I took the suggestion from another review to use chicken stock instead of water and cut the butter to 2TBS and used reduced fat milk. It was a big hit with my spicy loving guys! - 28 Mar 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)