Here’s a simple, indescribably delicious watercress soup recipe.

Watercress has been grown and eaten in Ireland since prehistoric times. Its mild peppery flavor makes it a popular salad green and garnish.

In the heart of Ireland's rich culinary tapestry lies a gem that encapsulates the essence of both tradition and innovation – Irish watercress soup. As the emerald-green landscapes of the Emerald Isle inspire a deep connection to nature, this mouthwatering recipe is a testament to the country's commitment to fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

From the soothing warmth it imparts on chilly evenings to the vibrant burst of flavors that dance on the palate, Irish watercress soup is a celebration of Irish heritage and a culinary adventure that beckons enthusiasts to explore the depths of its rich gastronomic legacy. Join us on a journey to uncover the secrets behind this delightful soup, and discover how a humble bowl can encapsulate the warmth and hospitality synonymous with Ireland's culinary traditions.

Try it out in this tasty watercress soup recipe!

Irish watercress soup recipe


Serves: 8

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced leek
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1-quart chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/2-cup heavy cream
  • 6 ounces watercress, well washed
  • 1/2 cup of whipped heavy cream for garnish
  • 8 sprigs of watercress for garnish


In a 2-quart heavy-bottomed saucepan, over medium-high heat, sweat the onion, leek, and celery in butter, until soft.

Add potato and chicken or vegetable stock. Simmer gently, uncovered, 25 minutes.

Add cream and watercress and simmer for 2 minutes. In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, puree until smooth.

Season to taste.

Serving suggestion: Serve the velvety Irish watercress soup alongside warm slices of homemade Irish soda bread. The hearty, slightly sweet flavor of the bread complements the peppery notes of the watercress, creating a harmonious balance.

*Originally published in January 2022. Updated in January 2024.