Colcannon soup (deconstructed)

“You know me and my weakness for a juicy pear” – Gregg Wallace, MasterChef, 2012.
“I just love the big flavours of Dick” – Gregg Wallace, Celebrity MasterChef, 2010.
Looks like Gregg butters his toast on both sides.

Our constructed Colcannon soup can be found here.

Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking time: about 30 minutes
Skill level: so easy you should NEVER buy commercially made soup*
Serves: 2


For the soup part

  • potato – peeled and diced – 450g
  • onion – finely chopped – 120g
  • butter – 50g
  • vegetable stock – 1 litre
  • full fat milk – 100ml
  • fresh parsley – finely chopped – 1-2tbsp
  • s & p

For the cabbage part

  • cabbage (white or savoy) – 450g
  • butter – 40g
  • s & p

To make the soup, melt the butter in a large heavy pan, then add the potato and onion. Stir to coat everything in butter and season with salt and pepper.

Cover and sweat over a low heat for 5 minutes.

Add the stock, turn up the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the potato is soft.

Liquidise with a hand blender and return to the heat.

Add the parsley and milk and season to taste – be generous with the pepper.

Meanwhile shred the cabbage very thinly – removing outer leaves and stalk.

Pour 3 tbsp of water into a large saucepan and add half the butter (20g) and a pinch of salt.

Put on the heat and when the butter has melted add the cabbage and toss everything together.

Cover with a lid and cook for a few minutes until the cabbage has softened but still has a little bite.

Add the remaining butter and season with salt and pepper.

To serve, pile the cabbage in the centre of a soup bowl and pour the soup around.

*The exception being Heinz tomato soup when poorly or hungover.

Verdict: This deconstructed version ensures the cabbage still has a bit if bite. Warming, comforting and as Gregg Wallace might well say ‘Like a big buttery smack on the lips’.

Drink: A mug of no nonsense Yorkshire Gold. ‘Let’s have a proper brew’

Entertainment: The ever brilliant Radcliffe and Maconie.

Radcliffe and Maconie


  1. I love Colcannon but i never it soup like Your. I’ll try it! Greetings from Poland:)

  2. ….and greetings from Yumblog 😉

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