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Irish Colcannon Soup Recipe

Irish Colcannon Soup is a hearty version of a classic Irish recipe. Made with potatoes, cabbage, onions, cream and butter, this piping hot soup will keep your insides warm and your spirits high this Winter.

Irish Colcannon soup in a bowl.

This soup is a manifestation of my Ireland withdrawals. Symptoms include buying a 50 lb bag of potatoes, cooking Irish food, listening to Irish music as well as the RTE Ireland podcast. There is only one cure that I know of. I must go back. I may have left Ireland, but Ireland did not leave me.

The memories of the bucolic farms dotted with sheep will always be in my heart. The little villages where the ranchers live are like quaint pockets of Irish beauty. When you visit Ireland, the beauty and history will settle in your bones so that when you close your eyes at night, you will be transported back to that special place.

We should all go to Ireland. It’s really easy, especially if you already have a passport. If you don’t have one yet, shame on ye. For tips on how to travel to and around Ireland, check out my article on Planning a Trip to Ireland and start planning. A journey of a thousand miles… begins now.


Find out more about what you will find in an Irish Pantry.

Potatoes, onion and cabbage on a cutting board.

why i love this soup

It’s the potatoes. I’m a raving fan. There is not a potato dish that I don’t like. Buying a 50 lb bag of potatoes when it’s just me and my husband was not daunting.

This simple soup is easy to make and allows the ingredients to really shine through. There aren’t any heavy spices or overpowering ingredients that cover up the simple beauty of potatoes, onions, cabbage and butter.

This lovely soup only requires the most basic of cooking skills. Chop veggies and stir a pot. I used an immersion blender at the end, the most technical skill that is needed.

Irish Colcannon soup in a bowl.

Winters here in Utah are long and sometimes harsh. There is definitely a lot of snow and cloudy skies. Savory soups simmering away on the stove is always a welcome sight for me. The coziness of a steamy bowl of hearty soup is somehow very comforting here. I am definitely on team soup six months out of the year.

When our lovely daughter visits from Texas, we usually go skiing. The adventures on the slopes followed by a hearty bowl of soup is something that we treasure. Of course there’s hot chocolate too. I have many fond memories of skiing and soup with this kid. What are some of your favorite soup memories?

What is the Difference Between Colcannon & Champ?

Colcannon uses cabbage instead of scallions. Champ uses scallions. It you love mashed potatoes, you are going to love both Colcannon and Champ. They are the next level mashed potatoes.

What Do You Eat With Colcannon?

Savory sausage known as bangers are traditionally served with colcannon. Another great entree to eat with Colcannon is Beef and Guinness Pie, a rich and meaty savory pie that goes great with a side of potatoes.

Step-by-Step

Colcannon ingredients in a pot.
  1. Add butter and onions to soup pot. Cook over medium heat until soft.
  2. Add cabbage and cook until wilted.
  3. Add potatoes, broth and black pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Process with immersion blender. Add milk. Bring to a simmer and serve with crusty bread.

What people are saying about this recipe

“We all loved this. I did sauté the cabbage in butter and I would add even more cabbage next time. Delicious!

-Shelly

“I used about 1/2 a head of cabbage and added garlic to the potatoes. So tasty!!!

-Jenna

“That’s how my Irish grandma feed me. Everything in one bowl. Miss you grandma ☘

-Diane

“This is so yummy! I love this with ham, pork chops, for breaky too.”

-Carla

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Colcannon soup in a bowl.

Irish Colcannon Soup Recipe

Yield: 6 Bowls
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Irish Colcannon Soup is a hearty version of a classic Irish recipe. Made with potatoes, cabbage, onions, cream and butter, this piping hot soup will keep your insides warm and your spirits high this Winter.

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbs salted butter
  • 1 large onion, peeled & diced (2 cups)
  • 1/2 lb chopped cabbage
  • 4 medium starchy potatoes (1 1/2 lb) peeled & chopped
  • 5 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk or half & half
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In large pot add butter and onions. Cook over medium heat until soft. Add cabbage and cook until cabbage wilts.
  2. Add potatoes, broth & black pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
  3. With an immersion blender, process soup until thick but slightly chunky. You may use a food processor instead. If you have a small food processor, you may need to do this in batches.
  4. Add milk to pot, bring to simmer and serve with Irish Soda Bread.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 121Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 729mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g

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Irish Colcannon soup in a bowl.

Gail

Wednesday 4th of May 2022

I LOVE colcannon, but since I'm doing keto, I had to substitute the potatoes for califlower. It was still over the top good! Thanks!

Tina

Sunday 8th of May 2022

Oh my GOSH!! Brilliant, I need to try that! Thanks for that advice. Enjoy:)

John Watson

Friday 25th of March 2022

Delicious! Garnidhedceith parsley and Irish sharp cheddar cheese. A good Lenten(meat free) and rib sticking. dinner.

Tina

Friday 25th of March 2022

I am so glad you enjoyed this! I always thought Colcannon would make a great soup:)

Anne

Sunday 20th of March 2022

delicious! Easy recipe. Topped with cheddar cheese, bacon and green onions. Used half heavy cream and half 2 %.

Tina

Monday 21st of March 2022

So glad you loved this! It's one of my favorites, basically anything with potatoes. Great tip on the 2% substitute. Enjoy!

Mary

Thursday 17th of March 2022

I recommend never putting hot soup into a blender. An immersion blender is best. If you don’t own one, cut your cabbage and onions in smaller bits and use a manual potato masher to mash your potatoes. It won’t have the same consistency but it will save the trouble of transferring hot soup back and forth. No burns.

Kathy Y

Thursday 30th of December 2021

Very good! Love all potato soups. I added a little peanut butter, about 2 Tbs. Amazing how peanut butter and potato soup goes together. If your skeptical, just put peanut butter on your crackers and try it that way with your soup. Eaten it like this since I was very young. Either in the soup, on crackers with soup, or both.

Tina

Sunday 2nd of January 2022

Hey Kathy, I never would have thought to do that to this soup but I have used peanut butter in a curry soup called Senegalese Soup and it's amazing! Thanks for the tip and so glad you enjoyed this very humble soup.

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