Potato & Savoy cabbage soup with bacon

Potato & Savoy cabbage soup with bacon

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins


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

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

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



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

  • 1 carrot



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

  • 1 celery stick



    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

    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



    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)

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  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)

cathy2233's picture

I has just enough odds and ends to do this. I had to use an assortment of potato varieties and only had half a sweatheart cabbage but the whole thing was delicious. As I am lazy I just peeled and chopped the veg by hand rather than mess up my chopper.

nystaterdh's picture

"Mithered"?, "Rashers"? I LOVE IT! Oh, How I wish I was savvy to your language! .....BTW: WHAT IS STILTON?

aspiringamateurchef's picture

I used Kallo Organic Chicken Stock Cubes ( I ONLY use Organic Cubes) and did not use any salt at all! My two cubes and squirt of garlic did the trick. I also put in a large knob of butter for flavour.
I only used 1 potato and have had 2 bowls of soup out of it.
A lovely recipe.
I like it as a VEGETABLE soup although I agree beans could be added (butterbeans for instance my favourite or others?) at profit and various dairy products like good cheese, cream etc.
I am eating soup without any splodges of creme friache that is in my fridge.

aspiringamateurchef's picture

I've just made it now and it is simply green and simply delicious.
This was a microwave job and I even threw in some frozen bacon to give it a bacony feel. I liquidised it but left parts of it rough.
I will definitely make this again.

aspiringamateurchef's picture

I am throwing in an obligatory squirt of garlic puree to proceedings and will microwave some bacon. ( I usaully prefer stove top cooking but do extensively use my Microwave as in steaming vegetables or making my lovely Lentil soup)

aspiringamateurchef's picture

This soup looks like it has 3-4 portions of 5 portions a day with the
1. the Carrot
2.The Onion
3.the cabbage

Maybe such things could be mentioned in the blurb on the Recipe as it seems an awfully natural way to get 3 or your 5 a day.(using 80-100g as a measurement).
I am just test driving the Recipe in my Microwave!!

jonno78's picture

Suprising how tatsy this is. Even better the day after. Ask my 1 year old!

alexlindner's picture

Loved it!

granite's picture

I made this soup last night and instead of adding the cabbage & bacon at the end i cooked everything together and added 1/4 tsp of crushed chillies because I thought it might be a bit bland. I liquidised everything and the result was fantastic. Also I used a bit less water because we like soup to be thick and creamy. I will definately make this again when I have left over cabbage.

saz130181's picture

I was wondering what soup to cook this evening and decided to try this one - quick and easy after a whole day at work. It is fantastic and super delicious!! Well Done :-) from Malta

tarhonya's picture

Another great soup for my collection. Warming,hearthy,cheapish-the dry cured bacon is a bit pricey but worth it. Didn't have celery,still very tasty.

teresahall's picture

Lovely recipe. I just roughly chopped the veg, as it was all liquidised at the end, so it saved time and pots.
Will definately make again, and again

purserdog's picture

I happened upon this recipe by accident and thought "ermm, cold, chilly day - why not". Well, it's so simple to make with most ingredients that many people will have in cupboards/fridges. It tastes delicious. I will certainly make it again and again and again.

penrithwhite's picture

Even tastier the next day

isabelle74's picture

We had this soup for tea last night, and we all thought it was delicious! I was not sure my three girls (ages under 6) would like it, but they did! We'll make it again.

lauramcentee's picture

I made this soup last night and added stilton. It was fantastic and I would highly recommend!

mrsjehu's picture

This was so easy and quick - great way to use up cabbage. I forgot to buy the bacon but it was lovely without.

delsh21's picture

Such a lovely and easy soup, even without the bacon! This recipe will keep me going through winter, I'm sure :-)

lauren_ricci's picture

P.s i grated a little bit of cheddar cheese on top and it was super!

lauren_ricci's picture

just made this for lunch! My version was more like a potato soup with cabbage and leek but it was sooooooo yummy! Its so healthy and easy i kinda just chucked a load of veg in. I didnt even bother using the blender (too much washing up!) i just used a masher towards the end of cooking and it was prob a bit chunkier but i loved it. Also used a bay leef and kept it veggie leaving out the bacon, will deff be making many times more!


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