This was really good!!! I just winged it: 3/4 ring of smoked sausage or kielbasa, sliced and quartered Saute in a 3 qt pot with: (I threw this all in the food processor because I'm lazy): one large onion one stalk celery two handfuls baby carrots Chop and add to pot. Add a little olive oil and saute til tender, roughly 15 minutes or until you remember to check them Add two cans of chicken broth (I used low sodium) and 4 medium sized potatoes, peeled and diced. Add 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less to taste), fresh ground pepper, fresh thyme, parsley and a bayleaf. Bring to a boil and simmer for 45 minutes or until potatoes are done. I mashed a few up against the side of the pot to thicken slightly. And garlic!!! I crushed a clove and chopped it in little pieces. Ladle into bowl and add shredded cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream. First soup I ever made with taste!!! The cheese and sour cream helped and it was really good!!! Edited to add: forgot the garlic - can't forget the garlic!!