Irish Root Soup


A hearty potato soup that goes great with soda bread and an Irish stout.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
6 servings


  • ¼ cup butter

  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped

  • 2 leeks, white and pale-green parts only, rinsed and coarsely chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed

  • 1 stalk celery, cut into chunks

  • 4 cups vegetable stock

  • 5 potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • 1 cup vegetable stock

  • 1 ¼ cups sliced baby carrots

  • 3 tablespoons chopped green onion

  • ¾ cup heavy cream

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 6 tablespoons shredded Cheddar cheese (Optional)


  1. Melt the butter in a large stockpot over medium heat; cook and stir the onion, leeks, garlic, and celery in the melted butter until tender, about 10 minutes.

  2. Pour 4 cups vegetable stock into the stockpot; add the potatoes. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook the mixture at a simmer 20 minutes.

  3. Divide the stock mixture into 3 batches with equal amounts of liquid and vegetables; set aside to cool for 30 minutes.

  4. Pour 1 batch of the stock mixture into a blender, filling the pitcher no more than halfway. Hold the blender lid firmly in place and carefully start the blender; use a few quick pulses to get the mixture moving before leaving it on to puree. Repeat process with second batch. Return the pureed batches to the stockpot.

  5. Divide third batch into two equal batches. Puree only one of the two batches before returning both to the stockpot.

  6. Bring 1 cup vegetable stock to a simmer in a small pot over medium-low heat. Cook the carrots in the simmering stock until soft, 5 to 7 minutes; add to the puree in the stockpot.

  7. Stir the green onion and heavy cream through the puree; continue cooking another 5 minutes.

  8. Season with salt and pepper; top with Cheddar cheese to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

408 Calories
22g Fat
46g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 408
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 544mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 43mg 213%
Calcium 159mg 12%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 964mg 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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