With all of the cold weather recently I have been enjoying a lot of soup recipes and with Saint Patrick’s Day around the corner I made this Irish style potato and cabbage soup. Colcannon is an Irish style mashed potatoes with cabbage and bacon in it and I thought that it would make for a nice soup! I was thinking about a potato and leek based soup so it starts out with plenty of bacon followed by onions and leeks along with garlic and thyme. Next up is chicken broth, the potatoes and cabbage which is all simmered until the potatoes and cabbage are tender. The soup is finished off with some cream and if you like you can puree some of the potatoes to thicken the broth up. This soup is so quick and easy to make and it’s so good; especially with some fresh baked Irish potato bread!
Colcannon Soup (aka Irish Potato and Cabbage Soup with Bacon)
An Irish style potato and cabbage soup with bacon inspired by colcannon!
- 8 ounces bacon, cut into 1 inch slices
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 large leeks, sliced
- 2 green onions, sliced and divided
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 cup heavy/whipping cream
- 2 pounds potatoes, cut into bite sized pieces
- 4 cups cabbage, shredded
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the bacon in a large sauce pan before setting aside and reserving 2 tablespoons of bacon grease in the pan.
- Add the onions and leeks and the whites of the green onions and cook over medium-high heat until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add the garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
- Add the broth, cream, potatoes, cabbage, and bacon, bring to a boil reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste, mix in the greens of the green onions and enjoy!
Option: Add white cheddar cheese!
Option: Add 1 tablespoon dijon mustard.
Option: Add 2 tablespoons white miso paste.
Option: Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
Option: Puree some of the potatoes to thicken the broth.
Tip: Serve with fresh baked potato bread!