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Poor Irish Soup

Rated as 4.36 out of 5 Stars

"I invented this soup when all I had was a cabbage and potatoes. It's very basic and is flexible to your tastes."
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45 m servings 219
Original recipe yields 4 servings (6 cups)


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  1. Combine the stock, ham hock, and cabbage in a large stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook until the potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes. Carefully separate the meat from the bone of the ham hock and dispose of the bone, adding the meat back to the soup. Stir in the cream; season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 219 calories; 11.7 17.6 11.4 36 728 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Hubby loved it. I used leftover Easter ham and frozen hash browns. He suggests adding carrots and onion to make it heartier. Easy.

Most helpful critical review

Boring soup, not very good (I followed the recipe.)

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Hubby loved it. I used leftover Easter ham and frozen hash browns. He suggests adding carrots and onion to make it heartier. Easy.

This recipe, minus the chicken stock, was made by my grandmother who was born and raised in Ireland. She would just use a ham bone. In Ireland, then did not eat corned beef and cabbage, it was a...

My ham hock was a raw smoked one which needed soaking overnight with regular changes of cold water. I then simmered it in fresh water for 1.5 hours to cook it. After this I used thisrecipe as a ...

Very basic. Cheap. Easy. If you have a good ham hock, you can just use water (even cheaper). Nothing spectacular, but very good none the less. I added two small onions and was very glad I d...

What a great base! I was looking for something to do with Ham Hocks that didn't involve beans. I made a huge pot and added carrots, onion, garlic, celery and kale (which was amazing) and subbed...

Really tasty and good for you. I don't think I added any cream (can't remember). I did use a ham bone and a slow cooker.

This soup was sensational and I've shared it with others many times. I did make some changes but only because I had extra vegetables sitting around and I didn't want them to go to waste. That ...

I used to eat this when I was younger as I grew up with a garden. I did not have a ham hock, so I cubed a small ham steak, still delicious.

This was an awesome recipe. I made a last minute decision not to make fried cabbage and potatoes and went searching for casserole ideas when I found this recipe. I added onions, sauteed garlic, ...