March came in like a lion. For the second time this winter, we had double digit snowfall. Since we haven’t had that much snow in 17 years, it was pretty surprising to see it twice in one season.
Needless to say, we are ready for spring to show up!
But first, there’s March. Where we begin to crave green things and vegetables and sunshine.
This soup is definitely a winter soup, but it’s perfect for March. It’s full of veggies. It’s hot and hearty and perfect for refueling after an hour or two of shoveling snow.
I seasoned the soup with McCormick Bay Leaves and Thyme. The soup comes together quickly, but the flavor is full and round and tastes like you’ve spent all day.
Part of the reason it’s easy to put together is that I chose to leave the peels on the potatoes. That gives the soup a rustic quality and makes the prep work easier too.
Here’s what you’ll need:
I made the soup on top of the stove, but this could also be made in the slow cooker. Just place all the ingredients in the crock and turn it on. If you want to do the prep work early in the day, the slow cooker is the way to go.
The sight of all that pretty, green cabbage gives hope for spring!
Rustic Irish Potato and Cabbage Soup - for the slow cooker or stove top
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 garlic cloves crushed
- 6 medium potatoes scrubbed and chopped
- 4 carrots chopped
- 1/2 head of cabbage chopped
- 1 smoked sausage sliced
- 2 32 oz boxes chicken broth
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp. thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/8 tsp. sugar
- 1 Tbs. cider vinegar optional
- Cook the onion and garlic in a bit of oil until the onion is soft.
- Add remaining ingredients, except cider vinegar, to the pot.
- Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes.
- Stir in cider vinegar, if desired.
- To make soup in slow cooker, place all ingredients in crock and cook on high 5-6 hours or low 7-8 hours. No need to cook onion and garlic before adding to slow cooker.
I forgot to add the cider vinegar to the pot at the end of cooking, but a few of us stirred a couple of drops into our bowls of soup. I liked the soup both with and without the vinegar.
If you have an Instant Pot, then you’ll want to check out my Instant Pot Rustic Irish Potato and Cabbage Soup version of this favorite. And the entire collection of The Best Easy Instant Pot Soup Recipes.
And if you want more quick and hearty recipes for the Instant Pot, then sign up for my free Instant Pot School. You’ll learn how to make some basics, soups and way beyond with free printable recipes, a meal plan with a color-coded grocery list and video lessons.
Disclosure: I have been compensated for my time by McCormick, however all opinions are my own.