Colcannon Soup

This hearty colcannon potato soup is classic Irish colcannon as a warming, creamy soup. With potatoes, leeks, cabbage, kale, stock, and cream.

Colcannon Potato Soup in a brown bowl

Simply Recipes / Elise Bauer

Have you ever had colcannon? It's a traditional Irish dish of mashed potatoes with chopped kale or cabbage mixed in and a nob of butter on top. Delicious!

With most of the country enduring freezing temperatures right now we thought, why not make a hearty, belly-warming colcannon potato soup? All the great flavors of colcannon, in soup form.

There's butter, there's cream, there're potatoes, kale, and cabbage, and stock to make it a soup.

Best potato soup EVER. Granted, it will not win any beauty contests (I tried to make it look pretty, honest I did). But this soup will fill you up, warm you up, and make you happy.

Stay warm friends! And send some that snow our way!

Colcannon Potato Soup in a soup pot

Simply Recipes / Elise Bauer

Colcannon Soup

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 70 mins
Servings 6 to 8 servings


  • 6 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 2 cups sliced leeks (see How to Clean Leeks)

  • 2 cups sliced and chopped green cabbage

  • 2 cups sliced and chopped kale (we use lacinato kale)

  • 4 cups peeled and diced Russet potatoes (about 3 pounds, 3/4-inch dice)

  • 6 cups chicken stock

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper

  • 1/3 cup heavy cream

  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced


  1. Cook down the greens:

    Melt butter in a large, heavy bottomed soup pot on medium heat. Add the sliced leeks, cabbage, and kale, toss to coat with the butter. Lower the heat to low, cover and gently cook until the greens are wilted, about 12 to 15 minutes.

    Elise Bauer
  2. Add the potatoes and stock and simmer:

    Add the diced potatoes to the pot, along wit the chicken stock, bay leaves, and salt. Increase heat to bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, and cook until the potatoes are softened and falling apart, about 15 to 20 minutes.

    Elise Bauer
    Elise Bauer
  3. Add the cream, onions, and pepper:

    Remove from heat. Swirl in the white pepper, heavy cream, and sliced green onions. Taste and add more salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
306 Calories
15g Fat
36g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 679mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 31mg 156%
Calcium 73mg 6%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 961mg 20%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.