Cabbage soup with bacon

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes


Extra virgin olive oil (approx. 1tbsp)
2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped
1 carrot, trimmed and finely chopped
1 stick of celery, trimmed and finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
3 slices of streaky bacon or pancetta, sliced into small cubes
1 Sweetheart cabbage, trimmed and finely chopped (approx. 900g/2lb)
1 tbsp fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
1 litre of vegetable stock
Sea salt and pepper
Fresh shavings of Parmesan


1 Heat some olive oil in a heavy soup pot, and add the finely chopped shallots, carrot, celery, garlic and bacon. Mix the vegetables well, and season with salt and pepper. Sweat the vegetables until soft, adding a little water to help create steam. Make sure the vegetables do not crisp and burn by adding a little additional water, and stirring.

2 When the vegetables are soft, add the cabbage slices and the sage. Mix well. Add the stock, bring the soup to the boil and then lower the heat. Within five minutes the soup will be ready.

3 Pour the soup into warm serving bowls and then sprinkle fresh Parmesan shavings on top.

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