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German cheese soup is a flavor that takes me back to my favorite Oktoberfest celebrations! And it's perfect for keeping you warm all winter long

German cheese soup is something I haven’t had in many years and the first bite of that warm, cheesy broth brought back so many memories. When I was younger there was a family from our church who had relocated from Germany years before and every year they extended an invitation to the entire church to come over for an Oktoberfest celebration. There was always tons of good food, good friends, and lots of space in the woods on their property to play.

I can remember the bratwursts cooked on the grill, the epic capture the flag battles that raged on well into the evening, and this soup. I had no idea how easy this amazing soup was until I got the chance to attend another Oktoberfest celebration last year. I wasn’t playing capture the flag in the woods anymore but I was super pumped to be enjoying this soup all over again. I even got the recipe out of the lovely hostess. And she gave me a few more for my arsenal. Stay tuned!

German cheese soup is a flavor that takes me back to my favorite Oktoberfest celebrations! And it's perfect for keeping you warm all winter long

Traditionally she uses a stout German beer instead of wine but we’re not beer drinkers around these parts so I subbed with Riesling which is one of my favorite German white wines. Kinda sweet but not overly so and perfect for this soup. Kielbasa isn’t a normal addition to this soup either but since the Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa got rave reviews I’m going to say that it was a welcome addition. 

One taste and I was back there, running through the woods and trying to outsmart the other team, groaning when my parents called for me to come in an eat something. That something was generally this soup. I really am so excited to have this recipe now so that I can start my own Oktoberfest tradition! Plus it’s nice to have a little taste of home when I’m so far away.

German cheese soup is a flavor that takes me back to my favorite Oktoberfest celebrations! And it's perfect for keeping you warm all winter long

So if you’re going to be celebrating Oktoberfest this year {and seriously shouldn’t everyone be celebrating?!} be sure to stop by your local Walmart and pick up a package or four of Hillshire Farm® Polska Kielbasa and make this soup! You won’t regret it. And if you need more Hillshire inspiration try one of these fantastic recipes!

Are you planning a fab Oktoberfest celebration?

Meaghan

German cheese soup is a flavor that takes me back to my favorite Oktoberfest celebrations! And it's perfect for keeping you warm all winter long

German Cheese Soup

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

German cheese soup is a flavor that takes me back to my favorite Oktoberfest celebrations! And it's perfect for keeping you warm all winter long

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbs butter
  • 1/2 Tbs onion powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbs flour
  • 14 oz vegetable stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/4 cup Riesling
  • 1 inch Hillshire Farm Polska Kielbasa, cut into 1 pieces
  • 12 oz of mild cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. In a medium sauce pan on low heat melt butter then add onion powder and garlic and sautee for 1-2 minutes or until garlic is fragrant. Add flour and whisk, cooking until flour is golden brown.
  2. Add vegetable stock and heavy cream, stirring until no lumps remain.
  3. Then add Riesling and Kielbasa and bring to a boil. One boiling reduce to a simmer and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  4. Add in cheese a 1/2 a cup at a time, stirring until completely melted each time.
  5. Serve warm with crusty bread.

German cheese soup is a flavor that takes me back to my favorite Oktoberfest celebrations! And it's perfect for keeping you warm all winter long

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