Bacon, Potato and Cabbage Soup – Comfort Food Recipe

comfort food, Bacon Potato and Cabbage Soup

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I don’t know about you but sometimes I just want a big bowl of homemade soup. Especially as the weather turns colder. To me it’s the ultimate comfort food. The other day it was wet, cold and raw. Soup was definitely the answer to the miserable weather so I looked to see what I had in the kitchen. After some searching I came up with a cabbage and some potatoes. Then remembered that I had bacon in the freezer – an idea was born. I was soon on the road to bacon potato and cabbage soup.

bacon potato and cabbage soup

 

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Bacon Potato and Cabbage Soup

1 pound bacon
1/2 cup chopped onion
4 large potatoes
1/2 head of cabbage
1 quart of chicken stock
2 cups water
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 TBS thyme
1 TBS salt
sour cream for garnish if desired

Cut the bacon into small pieces.
Peel and cut the potatoes into 1/2 cubes
Heat a large soup pot over medium heat. Cook the bacon until it is quite crisp. Remove the cooked bacon from the pot. Strain the bacon grease and reserve.
Wipe out the pot and return to the stove. Add 3 TBS of the reserved bacon grease.

comfort food, Bacon Potato and Cabbage Soup
Add the onions and cook until the onions just start to brown.

comfort food, Bacon Potato and Cabbage Soup
Add the potatoes and stir, cooking until the potatoes are coated with bacon grease
Add the chicken stock and water. Bring to a boil and let simmer. Add most of the bacon reserving enough to sprinkle on top at serving.
Thinly slice the cabbage

comfort food, Bacon Potato and Cabbage Soup
After the potatoes have cooked add the cabbage and cook until the cabbage softens

comfort food, Bacon Potato and Cabbage Soup
Serve with the reserved bacon on top or with a dollop of sour cream if desired

How Was the Bacon, Potato and Cabbage Soup?

It was yummy. The first night I served it with the bacon on top and the crunch was a welcome element. The second night I got the brilliant idea to add the sour cream

bacon potato and cabbage soup with sour cream

It was tastier on the second night after the flavors had time to marry. It was rather like stuffed baked potato soup. I grated a little Parmesan cheese over top as well.  It was an easy to make soup and certainly one I’ll be making again. I think it will go well in the bread bowls for soup. For a first try I wanted to taste the soup by itself. If you are looking for a delicious comfort soup bacon, potato and cabbage soup will do the job. There is just something about a hearty soup when the weather starts getting cold. A soup like cream of broccoli and cauliflower or seafood bisque.

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