Irish Famine Soup

Colleen Sowa


During the Irish Famine, this was a typical recipe to keep from starving. They didn't always have all of the ingredients, just did the best that they could.

I posted this recipe to honor those who lived during this dark time in Ireland.

I made this last summer for my grandchildren to teach them how lucky they are to be living in America.


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4 gallons of soup
25 Min
1 Hr 20 Min
Stove Top


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1/2 lb
beef (cooked and diced)
1/2 c
pan drippings
5 medium
onions (diced)
peelings from a turnip (diced also the turnip greens diced)
celery tops (minced)
carrot (diced, including the carrot top)
potato in it's jacket (diced)
4 gal
1/3 c
brown sugar

How to Make Irish Famine Soup


  • 1Cook the beef in the fat/drippings. Put in large kettle. Cook the veggetables in the fat/drippings. Put in the kettle.
  • 2Put most of the water in the kettle. Pour fat/drippings in the kettle. Put skillet back on the stove and get it very hot. Add some water to it, and stir with a fork to get all the fat and cooked on drippings. When pan is cleaned, add the fat and drippings and remaining water to the big kettle.
  • 3Add the sugar and salt. Cook until flavors are melded together. Best served hot.

    *** Depending on the size of the family this should last the week.

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About Irish Famine Soup

Course/Dish: Beef Soups, Vegetable Soup
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Irish
Other Tag: Heirloom

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