A play off the traditional Irish dish of Colcannon mashed potatoes, this Vegan Irish Colcannon Soup combines the flavors of the traditional dish with a slight twist! Dairy-free & vegan.
I’m not the best representation of a traditional Irish woman.
Sure, there’s no denying my Irish lineage what with my red hair, green eyes and freckles [and don’t forget the quick temper!], however the similarities pretty much stop there.
I’m not a big fan of meat.
I don’t eat bacon.
I can’t stand alcohol.
Corned beef makes me gag.
Which all probably has you scratching your head right now. “And your point, Kat?”
Well, my point is that even though I might not fit the “typical” Irish gal mold, there is one thing [other than appearance!] that allows me to fit right in with the people from the Emerald Isle.
My love for all things potatoes.
Well and the fact that my middle name is literally “O’Nell”. I was named after my Papa!
I don’t really “celebrate” St. Patty’s Day [other than wearing green, of course] because I’m not really fond of the traditional St. Patty’s Day foods. This year however I really wanted to embrace my roots and try my hand at some traditional Irish cuisine, but I just didn’t really know where to start. But really – how hard could it be right? Surely there had to be something within the Irish cuisine that I could try my hand at.
Well friends, there isn’t much!
After perusing the traditional dishes I settled on colcannon for a few reasons. 1] It’s base is potatoes – need I say more? and 2] I wanted a semi-basic recipe that I could transform and jazz up to my own tastes. BOOM! And that’s how this vegan Irish colcannon soup was born 🙂
Traditional Irish Colcannon is a dish that combines potatoes, cabbage or kale, and butter or cream.
It is typically served as a side dish and it even has its own song!
Did you ever eat Colcannon, made from lovely pickled cream?
With the greens and scallions mingled like a picture in a dream.
Did you ever make a hole on top to hold the melting flake
Of the creamy, flavoured butter that your mother used to make?
Yes you did, so you did, so did he and so did I.
And the more I think about it sure the nearer I’m to cry.
Oh, wasn’t it the happy days when troubles we had not,
And our mothers made Colcannon in the little skillet pot.
But as sweet as the song is and as delicious as the original colcannon dish sounds, this vegan Irish colcannon soup is not quite the same dish. Though I wanted to divulge in my Irish heritage this year for St. Patty’s Day, I couldn’t help but put my own twist on it!
Oh and as an added bonus, this soup is Nugget approved!
I knew that Bestie would be up for sampling nearly any dish that I made, however since her and I share a fairly similar taste palate I also knew that she would go bonkers over anything with potatoes. I wasn’t wrong! The surprise of the day came when her precious Nugget tried the soup – and loved it as well! Though to be fair, she is her mother’s daughter 😉
Needless to say if you are looking for a traditional Irish dish to make this St. Patty’s Day, look no further than this vegan Irish Colcannon Soup. Thick, creamy and made without any dairy or meat, this soup is a fun twist on the traditional Irish dish!
- 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and chunked
- 5 cups vegetable broth, reduced sodium
- 2 cups green cabbage, sliced thin
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ½ cup coconut milk, lite or full fat
- 1 teaspoon thyme, fresh
- 2 teaspoons rosemary, fresh
- salt & pepper to taste
- Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large stock pot. Add the onion and cook for two minutes or until just beginning to brown.
- Add potatoes, cabbage and chicken broth. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and allow soup to cook until potatoes have softened, roughly 10 minutes.
- Once potatoes have softened, turn off heat. Puree soup using an immesion blender but don't puree smooth. Leave some of the potatoes chunky. You could also transfer two cups of soup to a blender, blend until smooth, then stir back into the pot.
- Once soup has been pureed, stir in spices and coconut milk. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
Have you ever tried to cook traditional dishes from your heritage?