Smoked Sausage, Beer and Cheese Soup

Smoked Sausage, Beer and Cheese Soup
From Derrick Riches

Smoked Soup? Why not take all those hearty ingredients for your next soup out to the smoker to add that great smoky flavor to it. This rich soup uses smoked sausage, but while you’re at it, why not throw in the potatoes too.

1 pound mild sausage
12 ounces dark beer (stout if you like it)
1 large white potato, chopped
1/2 pound cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup white wine
3 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
2 green onions, diced
1 cup half and half

Smoke the sausage (or heaven forbid, buy smoked sausage). In a large pot boil potatoes is in water until they start to get tender. Add onions, wine, salt, and sausage. Simmer until potatoes are completely tender. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until the soup thickens.