Potato & Savoy cabbage soup with bacon

Potato & Savoy cabbage soup with bacon

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(82 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins

Easy

Serves 4
A warming, hearty soup with that takes just 20 minutes to make

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal336
  • fat15g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs32g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre5g
  • protein21g
  • salt2.61g
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Ingredients

  • 1 onion
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 carrot
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 celery stick
    Celery

    Celery

    sell-er-ee

    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to serve
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 550g floury potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
    Potato

    Potato

    po-tate-oh

    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 1l chicken or vegetable stock
  • 8 rashers streaky bacon
  • a quarter medium Savoy cabbage (about 200g/8oz)

Method

  1. Chop the onion, carrot, celery and garlic in a food processor. Heat the oil over a medium heat in a large saucepan. Add the vegetables and potatoes, season well, then reduce the heat and cover the pan. Gently cook for about 5 mins until starting to soften, then add the stock, turn up the heat and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 mins more, or until all the vegetables are tender.

  2. While the soup is cooking, grill or fry the bacon until crisp, then cut into strips. Shred the cabbage, discarding the core.

  3. Whizz the soup in the food processor until smooth, then return to the pan and add the cabbage. Simmer for a few mins until the cabbage is just tender, then season to taste and serve scattered with the bacon.

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Comments (94)

alanjns's picture

The title of this dish sounds wonderful and the picture looks scrummy so I rushed to make this for lunch today. I have to say I was a little let down, it is on the bland side. The flavour of the garlic really comes through but doesn't over power. The bacon lifts it but next time I think I'd use smoked bacon for extra flavour. Caramelising the onion and perhaps roasting the carrot might help to enhance the flavours. That being said, it wasn't unpleasant and I did scoff a bowlful with a buttered roll & the rest is in the fridge for tomorrow.

lydiamaria50's picture
5

Have made this soup a couple of times. I made a few adjustments, didn't use celery
but chopped a small leek. Added some parsley and dried chives. Also used some left over
chicken or even better with left over lamb!

Leahmichaela's picture
0

Sorry but I didn't like this at all. I followed he recipe exact but it was just too watery, I threw it away :(

bubli's picture
2.5

Dunno ... wasn't impressed and we found this rather bland. Bacon gives it some extra kick, but doesn't save the meal.

rebecca1july's picture
3.75

This is a great winter warmer soup, I enjoyed the added extra of the bacon as I felt it completed the recipes.
Personally this wouldn't be on my favourite list of soup but I would make again if I had leftover Savoy cabbage.

minicoopergirl's picture

Used the stew suggestion and added some dumplings. I kept tasting it along the way couldnt wait until it was ready soo tasty. Hadnt got celery used leeks instead. I never knew cabbage could be so useful. Will make the soup version next

markymarky's picture
5

Absolutely delicious and will be making again a firm favourite in the house and recommended.

stace175's picture

For the stew: I substituted cubes of sweet potato (in Dutch 'zoete bataat') for the potato and added a few spoons of creme fraiche. Extra cabbage, too. Delicious!

tyejersey's picture
5

I made the "Try" suggestion of making it into a chicken stew. It was tasty, healthy and delicious. I'd definately recommend.

kehassall's picture
5

wonderful soup! i had a cheeky bit of yoghurt on the top. super duper yum

alenaba's picture
5

Agree with the rest-easy yet delicious soup to cook! You can add anything extra you wish - bacon, tinned beans, sausage, etc I had it just vegetarian style - yummy and healthy too as you cook veg for little time so still plenty of vitamins left!
Bon appetit !

alpujarra's picture

I cooked this on Saturday for my family - husband, 8yr old daughter and 3yr old son. They thought it was absolutely delicious. We had some Italian foodie friends staying and they had some too. Verdict - 'superb'. The soup tasted even better the next day
( I doubled the ingredients).

I used good quality lardons instead of slices of bacon - and for presentation , after I had pan fried them crisp, piled them up in the middle of each soup portion - then drizzled with olive oil.

Will make again! Simple to make. Use the best quality ingredients.

kvbraund's picture
5

Absolutely delicious, made it with chicken stock and followed it exactly to the recipe, added quite a lot of pepper due to 'season well' which I think really benefitted it. Didn't bother with the bacon as I didn't much see the point!

shazzano1's picture

Hi

Made this soup this weekend, as I had bought a large bag of spring greens for 10 pence. I already had the other ingredients in the fridge. I didn’t whizz the vegetables down I left them chunky. I also added a tin of bolletti beans and added some single cream. Added a bit more pepper. After frying the bacon I use some of the stock to clean the pan and added this back into the soup. A perfect soup for a cold winters day and very filling.

10/10

hrabca's picture
4

very nice soup.

marybytheway's picture

Just made this for Sunday lunch, fantastic, and definitely worth talking ot work tomorrow!
We served with crispy bacon and grated cheese , lush!!

rebeccajreed's picture
5

So delicious and freezes well

simone12's picture
2

This was okay, but wouldn't make it again. I've tasted nicer soups.

jessiquaquaqua's picture
4

The first line made me realise my food processor does more than just blend, so huge thanks for that! This was a quick, easy and very nutritious soup. The boyfriend really liked the contrast between the soup and the shredded cabbage. Nice and hearty. Will definitely be making up again next time I buy too many vegetables! Knocked off a point because it wasn't "out of this world", just really lovely :)

the_upright_girl's picture
4

I enjoyed this and will make it again but I might change a few things. I think it might be nice with left over chicken or ham rather than the bacon. The bacon didn't seem to add much to the taste for me.

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