Hearty Country Ham and Cabbage Soup
This is a quick and easy comfort food, a meal in a bowl, that is ideal for cold winter evenings.
Don't substitute ordinary American bacon or pancetta in this recipe; it produces too much fat and you get little meat left. The uncooked country ham breakfast slices work well or proper, dry-cured, smoked Irish or English bacon. If you can get unsliced bacon or gammon and dice it into chunks, so much the better as it will retain the flavor more during the cooking.
If you really don't like the idea of leaving the skins on the potatoes you can peel them, but they give the soup a heartier feel and the skins contain additional vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.
You can use regular white or green cabbage instead of Savoy cabbage, but it will need a little more time to cook.