Kielbasa Potato Chowder Recipe
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Kielbasa Potato Chowder Recipe

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There’s just the right touch of comfort in this sensational sausage chowder from Misty Chandler of Lawton, Oklahoma. “My husband and I make a meal of it with some warm bread.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/2 pound smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, diced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 kale leaves, torn or 1/3 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream or 2% milk

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 190 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 852mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 12g protein.


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, brown kielbasa and bacon; drain, reserving 1 teaspoon drippings. Add onion; cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until onion is tender. Add garlic; 1 minute longer.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring broth and water to a boil. Add the potatoes, bouillon and pepper. Cook for 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  3. Add the meat mixture and kale; cook over medium heat for 2 minutes or until kale is wilted. Reduce heat. Add the cream; cook 1 minute longer or until heated through. Yield: 4 cups.
Originally published as Kielbasa Potato Chowder in Cooking for 2 Fall 2006, p8

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gunslinger User ID: 544392 234254
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2015

"Delicious! I used the 2% milk and it wasn't as creamy as I would have liked so I stirred 1/2 cup of light sour cream into it and to me it really improved the taste without adding many calories."

Sunnygrammie User ID: 5547457 219329
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015

"Delicious! I'll definitely make this again."

luann8190 User ID: 6756458 129313
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2014

"Everyone loved it!"

Ry-It User ID: 7303009 149150
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2013

"I made it with parsley because I did not have kale leaves. Came out very tasty thank you."

riverjess User ID: 5099846 63169
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2010

"Awesome recipe!! I didnt have parsley leaves so thats the only thing I didnt do. Followed the recipe to a T and it was perfect. Thank you!"

amybecca User ID: 4337390 206804
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2009

"I love, love, love this recipe. It goes together quickly and easily and is absolutely delicious! I have used Hickory Farms light kielbasa as well as Hickory Farms turkey smoked sausage. I usually keep the skin on the potatoes, I have also used red potatoes for this recipe. I always use kale and have used 2% milk instead of the heavy cream to keep it on the light side. Heated up the next day it is even better!"

texasterry User ID: 2684398 57386
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2008

"My husband LOVES this recipe! perfect for a cold evening and easy to fix too!"

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