Irish Style Farmhouse Vegetable Soup
This easy homemade vegetable soup is one of the best country veg soup recipes I’ve ever tried. It’s simple to make, makes for a great lunch and you can feel good knowing that it’s really healthy, too.
The Best Vegetable Soup Recipe
The weather may be getting warmer, but this pregnant lady has been craving a taste of home. Specifically, home made Irish style farmhouse vegetable soup.
Paired with freshly made Irish brown bread, this thick and creamy classic vegetable soup is not only delicious but healthy, too. Exactly what this soon-to-be mom of 3 needs to be eating!
While you may be more accustomed to eating chunky soups, Irish soup tends to be lump-free, thick, creamy and smooth. Kids generally like it better and so does bread, which readily sops up all the tasty goodness!
Why This Recipe Works
This recipe is very simple to make, which is one of my favorite things about it.
I’ve been known to make it quickly in the morning so that I can have it for lunch. I’ll put the rest into a large air-tight bowl and eat it for lunch the rest of the week, too.
It’s by far the best homemade vegetable soup recipe I’ve tried. And I’ve tried a lot of veggie soup recipes!
- Potatoes: Thicken the soup and create a starchy base
- Carrots, Leeks, Onion and Celery add the perfect balance of vegetable flavor
- Vegetable Stock adds depth of flavor instead of just cooking the vegetables in plain water. You could also use chicken stock if that’s all you have on hand.
- Garlic: Don’t leave this out! It adds just a little something extra that really rounds out the flavors.
- Make this soup vegan or dairy-free by omitting the butter at the beginning and use vegan butter or oil instead.
- Add in other root vegetables such as turnip or parsnips for a slightly different flavor profile.
- Place butter in a large pot and heat over a medium-high heat until melted.
- Add in the leeks, potatoes and onions and fry for 2 minutes until aromatic. Drop the temperature to medium-low and allow the vegetables to sweat for 8 minutes, until the onions are translucent.
- Add in the carrots, celery and stock.
- Cook for 20 minutes until the potatoes and carrots are soft and tender.
- Use a hand blender to puree the soap until thick and creamy. Alternatively, if you only have a food processor, Vitamix or Ninja, you can puree the soup in 2 batches.
Tip: When dealing with hot liquid, be sure that the air vent in your blender is open to avoid a vacuum being created and hot liquid exploding everywhere. Loosely cover the air vent with a towel while the blender is on.
Store the soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days. Alternatively, in an airtight container for up to 6 months. Just be sure to leave enough space for the liquid to expand.
Frequently Asked Questions
Add a quarter cup of heavy cream before pureeing to make this soup extra creamy. You can also just serve it with a splash of cream on top.
If you are looking for the perfect heart warming soup, that tastes like what you’ve been served in Irish pubs, then look no further!
This soup tastes like my childhood in Ireland and I’m so happy that I’ve finally been able to recreate a taste of home that I’ve missed for too long.
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Irish Farmhouse Vegetable Soup
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 onion diced
- 1 leek sliced
- 2 large potatoes peeled and diced
- 3 large carrots peeled and cut into coins
- 3 stalks celery chopped
- 32 ounces vegetable stock
- ½ teaspoons salt or to taste
- ¼ teaspoons pepper to taste
- Place the butter in a large pot and place over a medium high heat.
- Once the butter has melted, add the garlic, onion, potato, and leek. Fry for 2 minutes until aromatic, then cover and sweat for 8 minutes.
- Add the stock, carrots, celery, lower the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender when you insert a fork.
- Season with a salt and pepper to taste
- Blitz with a food processor or a hand blender to get a thick, creamy and smooth soup.
I made this soup this morning. It’s very easy to make and tasty. I opted to use the heavy cream at the end, and threw a few garlic & cheese croutons on top. I also left a small amount of it only partially pureed, just to give it a little texture. The recipe is a keeper and definitely versatile.
This is my favorite Irish dish and this soup is just as I remember it. I never dreamed that I would be able to find the recipe. Thank you so much. It is so yummy.
Looks like a very nice soup…no shade intended but absolutely not an Irish soup. Irish traditional vegetable soup is chunky, unblended, and full of barley…more like a broth.
Irish – born, raised and living in Ireland
I am Irish born and raised and never had a vegetable soup in my life with barley! Maybe it’s a provincial thing
When I visited Ireland I had this type of soup at every restaurant I went to over the 3 weeks, never once had a chunky soup. I became obsessed with creamy vegetable soup! Have been trying to find a recipe that comes close to the amazing soups I had there and hoping this is the one!!
I agree. I just spent two weeks in Ireland and had vegetable soup almost every day (in various parts of the country) because I fell in love with creamy, smooth vegetable soup. I made this recipe a few days ago and it was delicious. Making it again today. So nice to have a taste of Ireland, here in the states.
I also loved this type of soup when traveling in Ireland. Making this recipe tonight in hopes of replicating it,
Thank you for this recipe! I’m making it for a friend who is on hospice. What kind of potatoes do you use?