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

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    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)

Lulu6's picture

This was really nice. I don't understand the 'bland' comments. There are 2 bacon rashers, 1/2 clove garlic and 1/4 of an onion per bowl. I think bland is impossible. It's a lovely, thick vegetable soup.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

alenaba's picture

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

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


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.


hrabca's picture

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

So delicious and freezes well

simone12's picture

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

jessiquaquaqua's picture

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 :)


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