Creamy and delicious, Irish Colcannon Soup with Cheddar Cheese Straws is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or anytime you’re looking for an easy, warm and satisfying meal.
St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow here in the United States, so I thought I’d share another Irish recipe. I’ve been on a bit of an Irish kick these past couple weeks, and have shared Slow Cooker Guinness Steak and Black Bean Chili, Irish Soda Bread with Caraway Seeds and Raisins and Crock Pot Apple and Brown Sugar Corned Beef & Cabbage. Today I’m sharing Irish Colcannon Soup with Cheddar Cheese Straws.
I’ve been wanting to try colcannon, which is a traditional Irish dish of mashed potatoes with cabbage. I had some cabbage leftover from making Crock Pot Apple and Brown Sugar Corned Beef & Cabbage, so had the perfect opportunity to make it. I liked the idea of making colcannon as a soup and knew I wanted to add leeks, because I love the combination of potatoes with leeks, especially in soups; and bacon, because I thought that it would complement the other flavors nicely.
An Internet search yielded this recipe from Kevin Dundon, which I have adapted. The recipe contained all the ingredients I was looking for, plus as an added bonus, included a recipe for cheese straws, which I thought sounded like the perfect accompaniment.
The soup turned out beautifully — creamy, delicious and so satisfying. The Cheddar cheese straws were indeed a wonderful accompaniment. My 7 year old son loved them too, and easily polished off 5 or 6 in a sitting and has already been asking me to make more. I probably will make more soon, since they are so good and so easy to make.
Recently, a post by me, would not be complete without some commentary on the weather here in lovely Carlisle, Massachusetts. I feel like Mother Nature has been having a bit of fun with us here in the Boston area this past winter. We’ve had snow storm after snow storm resulting in over eight feet of snow accompanied by below freezing temperatures.
This past weekend we finally had some above freezing weather and what does it do? It rains! And since this is March in New England, on Sunday afternoon, the temperatures dipped down low enough for the rain to turn into, you guessed it – SNOW!
We managed to accumulate just enough snow to finally beat the snow fall record for the area. Hooray! I guess it’s exciting to be here in the area during such a historical moment, but I’m really hoping this means the end of snow for this season. Please, Mother Nature, I’m begging you – no more snow!
A bowl of this creamy, hearty soup, along with a savory Cheddar cheese straw, is perfect on a cold rainy day, or after a long day at a St. Patrick’s Day parade or other celebration or anytime your craving some delicious comfort food.
This warm and satisfying Irish Colcannon Soup with Cheddar Cheese Straws would make a wonderful hearty weekend lunch or cozy supper anytime!