One-pot English Bacon Soup

This easy and hearty English bacon soup doesn’t require any frying pan – the whole dish is cooked in one pot. It’s a favorite among outdoorsy people, but can of course also be made indoors on the stove-top.

If you can’t find English bacon, go for Canadian bacon or ham. American bacon is not recommended for this recipe.

Ingredients (6 servings)

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium leeks, sliced thin
  • 1 pound English bacon, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1½ quarts of water
  • 6 cubes of pork broth or chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives


  1. Put the butter in a big pot and melt it. When the butter is foaming and frothing, add the leeks.
  2. Fry the leeks until they are soft.
  3. Stir in bacon and thyme. Continue to cook for a few minutes until the bacon is cooked through. Stir if necessary to prevent the ingredients from burning.
  4. Put potatoes, carrots and water in the pot.
  5. Crumble in the broth cubes. Stir to make sure the broth dissolves.
  6. Leave to simmer under a lid until the vegetables are tender. This will usually take 40-45 minutes. If the soup is getting low on water before the vegetables are ready, add some extra water.
  7. Ladle soup into bowls and top with chives. Serve!