Shamrock Soup

The following recipe was submitted by Joanna Cichy in honor of the upcoming feast of St. Patrick! Thank you Joanna! 

In our house an ordinary pot of cream of broccoli soup becomes "Shamrock Soup" on St. Patrick's day.  It's great as a main meatless meal during Lent or as a first course for a celebratory meal.

Shamrock Soup


  • 4 TBS butter
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 4 TBS flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 3-4 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/8-1/4 black pepper
  • shredded cheddar cheese (optional)


In a large pot melt butter on medium heat. Sautee onions and celery until tender. Add the flour, whisking until combined. Add the 2 cups of milk and turn the heat to high. Whisk constantly until mixture becomes thick and bubbly. Reduce heat and add the remaining 4 cups of milk. Add the broccoli, salt, and pepper. Turn up the heat to medium high/high and bring to a gentle simmer, whisking on occasion so as to not scald the bottom of the pan and to prevent over boiling. Turn to low and let simmer for about 10 minutes or until broccoli is tender.

Serve with a pot of gold (bowl of shredded cheese) and some potato rolls!

Serves 6-8

Additional recipes for the feast of St. Patrick can be found in the archives!

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  1. I love healthy drinks like soups, fruit juices, green tea, coffee. I look for the new recipes and try them out in my kitchen every weekend. Thanks for the blog post.

    Finn Felton
    Kopi Luwak

  2. This looks great, Jessica! Thanks!

    You can also throw in some stones (potatoes) to make a heartier soup. The irish soda bread recipe would also go great with this.

    1. Great suggestions, Joanna! Thank you again for sharing the recipe!