This Irish soup recipe from Bord Bia is a perfect starter or light lunch.

Even better, it's quick to whip up!

This recipe is filled with fresh vegetables to give you energy all day and is the perfect non-fussy midday meal.

Bacon, courgette, and Cashel Blue cheese soup recipe 

Serves: 4-6 people

Time: 30 min


  • A little olive oil
  • 5-6 streaky rashers, chopped or bacon lardons 
  • 1 onion or 2-3 shallots chopped
  • 1-2 large courgettes, sliced
  • 2-3 large potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 liter stock, homemade if possible
  • 75g Cashel Blue cheese, crumbled
  • 125ml cream
  • Black pepper
  • 2-3 tbsp. parsley, finely chopped


  • Sauté the bacon for a few minutes in a little oil. Remove a few pieces of bacon for the final garnish.
  • Add the onion, courgette (reserve some slices for final garnish), and potatoes. Reduce the heat, cover the pan and allow to cook until the vegetables are soft.
  • Stir in the stock and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. Process the soup. Return to the saucepan.
  • Stir in the cheese and cream and just heat gently. Add the reserved bacon pieces and courgette slices just before serving.
  • Finish with lots of black pepper and parsley. 


Bord Bia's Quality Kitchen

Bord Bia's Quality Kitchen has a large collection of recipes, a combination of both traditional and modern recipes, from party snacks and starters to main courses and desserts for every occasion. The emphasis is on lean meat and poultry, fresh fish and eggs, combined with high-fiber fruit and vegetables, lots of fresh herbs for added flavor, and much less dependence on high-fat sauces or too much salt.

So whether the time factor, the budget, healthy eating, or just delicious meals are your concern, there are lots for you to enjoy.

For more recipes, visit Bord Bia.

* Originally published in June 2021. Updated in June 2024.