Potato & Savoy cabbage soup with bacon

Potato & Savoy cabbage soup with bacon

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(83 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins


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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  • 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

    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)


  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 (95)

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!

rachaelnice's picture

I've just made this for my lunch and it was so quick and really delicious! I had bought a savoy cabbage on sunday but hadn't used it and so decided to look on Good Food for suggestions as to what to do with it. There were loads of lovely suggestions but this caught my eye as it used all basic ingredients that I had in (apart from streaky bacon). I must admit that I don't often make homemade soup and really should make the effect as I had forgotten how quick, tasty and filling they are. Will definately make it again and expect with the bacon it will be even more delicious.

victoria_w's picture

I had this soup for dinner this evening and it was delicious. I highly recommend it.

jacqui99's picture

It's a great soup l add pulses to it too, but a favourite for me is to add butter beans(tinned) drained and washed then just tip them in to heat up!!

lkrc87's picture

This is lovely and filling. Instead of using a food processor to chop the veg I grated it (and my knuckle at the same time!) and I added a lot less bacon, its just as good without the bacon though. Will definitely make this again

mikeboyle's picture

Very nice soup for those chilly nights, and very easy to make, will make this again

krazylegs's picture

I found this recipe for young friends of ours who wanted to cook for us in my kitchen as they didnt have their own home at the time. They wanted to make a cabbage soup so I found them this recipe as it looked simple and tasty. We have since made it ourselves several times as a main meal as it is very hearty and our friends cooked it for their family as part of their christmas meal in their newly purchased home. Neither of us has added bacon as it makes the fat content very high but it is delicious without it. I love the texture of the cabbage in contrast to the smoothness of the soup.

sweet_fa's picture

The casserole version of this is now a firm favourite. Substitute the carrot for whatever is in the fridge - I used mushrooms and a green pepper. Delicious, wholesome and easy to make, winner!

karolbruce's picture

Great heart warming soup. Didnt follow quantities exactlyjust used what I had - no celery so substituted leeks and added extra cabbage. Served with fresh baguettes. Will def make this again ~ Lovely!

la_mac's picture

Foolproof, fast and sooo tasty! I took leftover to work and heated it for lunch then watched the noses twitching while I ate it.

alisonfield's picture

Added some shredded leeks with the cabbage and used smoked streaky bacon - delicious

danijelam's picture

Excellent! And takes less than 30 min to make which automatically gives it en extra star in my book!

cancerhelp's picture

Love it !
Very good for anyone with swallowing or esophagus problems (like me) AND still have the vitamins and nutriants :)

cuddlyboy's picture

I was looking for a recipe that would use loads of cabbage at once as I bought 3 large bags of chopped cabbage for �2 at my local supermarket and needed to use it up before it went slimy! This was just the ticket - an easy-to-make, hearty and tasty soup to take to work for lunches and to freeze for those cold and rainy evenings when I can't be mithered to cook. 4 meals for under �4. Magic!
Well done you lot!!!


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