Irish Colcannon Soup

In Season: Year round Colcannon is one of Irelands best loved traditional potato dishes. Fluffy mashed potato flecked with cooked cabbage or kale. This soup uses identical ingredients to make a delicious soup

  • 55g (2oz) butter
  • 425g (15oz) peeled diced potatoes
  • 110g (4oz) diced onions
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1.1 litre (2pint) home-made chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 450g (1lb) cabbage
  • 25g (1oz) butter
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 130ml (4 fl oz) creamy milk

Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan. When it foams, add the potatoes and onions and toss them in the butter until well coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover and sweat on a gentle heat for 10 minutes, add the stock and cook until the vegetables are soft.

Meanwhile make the buttered cabbage Remove the tough outer leaves from the cabbage. Divide into four, cut out the stalks and then cut into fine shreds across the grain. Put 2-3 tablespoons of water into a wide saucepan with the butter and a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil, add the cabbage and toss constantly over a high heat, then cover for a few minutes. Toss again and add some more salt, freshly ground pepper and a knob of butter.

Add the cabbage to the soup, puree in a blender or food processor with the freshly chopped herbs. Taste and adjust seasoning. Thin with creamy milk to the required consistency.

Download the Irish Colcannon Soup recipe as a PDF.

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