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This is an excellent recipe for Irish soup.  It uses lots of potatoes (of course), onions, chicken and bacon.  It is a meal in itself.  The boys love Irish tea cake so I made them one for dessert.  Yum!  I made some soup and cake for my neighbors and they really enjoyed it.  As the Irish say, “It’ll be grand!”


12 ounces bacon, uncooked, chopped

2 pounds chicken breasts (about 3 breasts), uncooked, diced

1/4 cup butter

5 cups onions, diced

5 cups potatoes, diced

4 cups whole milk

4 cups chicken stock

1 cup heavy cream

salt and pepper to taste

2 Tbsp. parsley



In a heavy stockpot, fry bacon and chicken for 10-15 minutes.  It will produce quite a bit of liquid from the chicken.  I cooked it until most of it was gone.  Add butter, onions and potatoes.  Cook for 15 minutes, stirring fairly constantly.  Add chicken stock and milk and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.  Don’t add much salt because the bacon is salty.  Blend in cream and simmer for 5 more minutes.  Stir in parsley and serve.


Warm and Hearty Irish Soup

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