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Monday, August 30, 2010

Soup Recipes from the UK

London Particular Soup by GreedyDave.com
Every couple of weeks I would like to feature traditional soups from various parts of the world along with links to their recipes. This month, we are starting in the United Kingdom - merely because I was researching England for the Mulligatawny soup and discovered so many more exciting soups along the way. Apparently the UK love their bacon, mutton, and potatoes and even cheese and beer in their soups. However, this is by no means a complete list so feel free to add your favorite recipe from the UK as we travel around the world via our soup pots.

English Soups:
London Particular - A thick soup made from ham hock or bacon that was named for the thick fog in London during the 19th century until the later part of the 20th century. The soup also includes yellow split peas, carrots, leeks, celery, thyme, and bay leaves.
Watercress Soup - A light (and quick) soup that uses potatoes, lemon juice, nutmeg, and of course watercress. Can also be made with peas and mint.
Butter Bean, Leek and Bacon Soup - England sure loves their bacon and this creamy soup includes streaky bacon (pork belly), leeks, milk, onions, and butter beans.
English Beef Soup - A good beef soup for winter, this traditional English recipe includes lean beef, onions, catsup (oh, England), and barley.
Cheese and Ale Soup - I've never had a cheese and beer soup, but this one with bass ale, butter, cheddar and stilton cheese, celery, and carrots may be worth giving it try.

Soups from Scotland:
Cock-a-Leekie Lentil Soup - A traditional Scottish soup, Cock-a-Leekie soup includes leeks, potatoes, chicken stock, rice, and prunes. Generally served before a traditional dish of Haggis.
Cullen Skink Soup - This traditional Scottish fish soup made with Finnan or Smoked Haddock, potatoes, onions, and milk. The skink part means stew or soup.
Tattie Soup - Starting with a good broth (traditionally mutton), tattie soup uses leeks, potatoes, and celery.

Soups from Wales:
Cawl (Broth) - The Welsh word for broth, Cawl is the base for most soups in Wales, or can be used on its own. It includes lamb, carrots, parsnips, and flour and a swede.
Cawl Lawfr (Laver Soup) -In addition to the broth, the soup uses laverbread, onions, and potatoes.
Cawl Cennin -  Thickened with oatmeal, Cawl Cennin includes leeks, parsley, potatoes, milk and sometimes bacon. When this soup is eaten the next day it is called Cawl Eidwym.

Soups from Ireland:
Nettle Soup - A break from bacon and mutton, nettle soup is made with potatoes, butter, and nettles, a weed grown throughout Ireland.
Irish Potato Soup -Potatoes, milk, leeks, cheddar cheese, and yes, more bacon make up an Irish potato soup.

What soups from the UK do you make?
Seriously Soupy Serena 

Next month we are featuring soups from South America. Email me at SeriouslySoupy@gmail.com if you have any soup recipes or links that you would like to contribute.


  1. Butter bean, leek and bacon. Yum. What a great resource for soup recipes now that fall is coming on. :)

  2. I have heard of watercress soup and always wanted to try it. I love it's peppery flavor and beautiful color.

  3. Hi Mother Rimmy and Susan,

    These soups sure sound interesting for their creative use of bacon and potatoes. I also want to try a watercress soup -- sounds yummy!