Potato & Savoy cabbage soup with bacon

Potato & Savoy cabbage soup with bacon

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(95 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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Amy Garside's picture
Amy Garside
13th May, 2020
I made this for a weekday quick dinner. I added dry origano and fresh tyme to add a bit of flavour and also some oat milk to thin it out. As a preference I also added some white muso to give it that depth that it was lacking and it tasted great! I would definately make this again. Even if it needs a bit of tweeking.
10th Mar, 2019
This is the nicest soup I have made for a long time. Bit confused by the bland and watery comments as mine was neither! I did add more bacon though and stirred it through. Lovely!
14th May, 2017
Just made this soup. Left out the celery, carrot, and bacon (vegetarian) but added peppers and a teaspoon of fat free greek yoghurt. Tastes amazing. Will definitely be making this again
Laurenwilliams364's picture
25th Feb, 2017
I made this soup tonight and it was absolutely disgusting I had one spoonful after blending and threw it away! I wouldn't make this if you had taste buds! And I don't normally comment of here and every other recipe I have made has been gorgeous never had any problems! But this is just horrible.
18th Dec, 2016
I used half a cooking apple rather than celery, no bacon either and used my usual 'that looks about right' for my measurements...also as it was slightly thick I added some milk to just thin slightly after blitzing with the blender. The apple nicely sweetened it and didn't need the bacon so good enough for my veggie friends.
16th Oct, 2016
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
31st Mar, 2016
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.
15th Mar, 2016
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!
8th Mar, 2016
Sorry but I didn't like this at all. I followed he recipe exact but it was just too watery, I threw it away :(
8th Feb, 2015
Dunno ... wasn't impressed and we found this rather bland. Bacon gives it some extra kick, but doesn't save the meal.


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