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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. You can use a blender (see note below) but it will change the texture of the soup.
  4. Add milk to pot, bring to simmer and serve with Irish Soda Bread.

Notes

  • If adding hot liquids to blender, do not create a seal with the lid. Hot liquids in a blender can cause the soup to explode out of the blender and cause burns. You can either cool the soup down first or leave the blender partially un-covered and start the blender on the lowest setting. This allows the steam to escape. Use extreme caution when doing this.

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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.

Nicole W

Friday 12th of February 2021

I made this last night after craving a similar soup we had at NYNY in Las Vegas, and it didn't disappoint. So delicious. I actually made it with a 32 oz pack of hashbrowns I needed to use up, and I used a 10 oz bag of shredded coleslaw mix instead of fussing with a whole cabbage. I added more chicken broth to accommodate more potatoes than called for, I also added a little bit of garlic powder and a bay leaf. Topped with crumbled bacon. Definitely keeper

Tina

Friday 12th of February 2021

Wow! I never thought to use us hash browns for this, genius:) Well done Nicole and I am so glad you love this soup too. Sounds like you know your way around soup-making, that warms my heart. *Bon Appetit*

Monica

Sunday 25th of October 2020

I LOVED this soup before the cream was added, LOVED it after the cream was added... then decided to add my southwest touch to it and LOVED it even more... I added green chile and garlic. Thanks for the great recipe... easy to change up as you go!

Tina

Sunday 25th of October 2020

Super glad you liked it Monica! I like taking my favorite dishes and turning them into soups:). I LOVE the idea of the green chiles and garlic. Now THAT's brilliant! Thanks for the tips, I'm going to have to try that. Bon Appetit.

Hannah

Thursday 16th of January 2020

Yum!! The soup was downright creamy and comforting tasting. Will be making this one again :)

Tina

Friday 17th of January 2020

Yay!! I LOVE this soup, I have a thing for potatoes and especially potato soup. Glad you liked it Hannah!

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