There are pots of soup…and then there are pots of soup! And this super creamy, thick and rich, “inside out” Cheesy Chicken Pierogi Soup with Bacon & Spinach is one helluva pot of soup!
I used to love to go to the Polish Festival back in Indiana where I lived for many years, where there was a large population of polish people that lived there. SO much fun!!
The music, the dancing, and the FOOD. OMG the food!!!
Polish sausage, cabbage rolls, and pierogi, OH MY!!
Fun meats on a stick for snacks, full plates of food for a whole meal, and desserts galore! I swear, you had to fast the day before to be able to try even a fraction of the foods!
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Though I love sausage, I’m a noodle ‘n dumpling girl. So, “pierogi” were always my favorite!
If you’ve never heard of them, “pierogi” are a wonderful, old-fashioned dumpling made with noodle dough, (sometimes called “pasta pockets”), that are filled with wonderful fillings such as seasoned mashed potatoes (sometimes with added cheeses and herbs), ground meats, spinach or cabbage or sauerkraut, and even dessert-style ones filled with fruit!
Here is a photo of what pierogi look like. *Photo from the Free Dictionary.
So, longing for a hearty pot of soup being it fall, and seeing what I had on hand and didn’t have to spend but a few dollars on, I thought to take the concept of pierogi and turn it into a nice, pot of soup!
And BOY did it come out delicious!!
Thick. Rich. Creamy. LOADED. With goodies. I mean, like, stand a spoon up hearty!
You could certainly use ground sausage, or even sliced polish sausage, but I decided to start this pot by stewing a whole chicken that I already had in the freezer.
There’s no need to buy, or use up a stash of homemade chicken stock, because you can just use the broth that the chicken cooked in.
From there I sautéed some onions and garlic, added the broth, seasonings and potatoes, and simmered until the veggies were tender.
Then just add the cream, cheeses, and spinach, thicken, and you’re mostly done! Last is to just cook the noodles and stir them into the pot, too!
As if this homestyle soup isn’t delicious enough just like this, my favorite is, to add a spoonful of sour cream on top and some crisp-cooked, peppered and crumbled bacon!
Bacon just makes everything smile, doesn’t it?
So if you’re longing for a big ol’ pot of soup on a chilly fall night, one that’s comforting when you have a cold, doesn’t cost a million bucks, and sticks to your ribs, you’ll want to give this one try!
Grandmas were right. Soup cures everything.
And this one is sure to be a family keeper! Enjoy!!