St. Patrick’s Day is a very important holiday in my house. Even more important is my wife’s birthday. Guess what? They are on the same day. March 17th has turned into a gemination of leprechauns and birthday cake. The two events actually couple quite nicely. I just decorate everything in green. I mean everything. Green is the only color on the palette and our house is the canvas. We even dye the milk green and put food coloring in the toilets. But even more predictable than the color of the day is the meal of the day: Corned Beef and Cabbage. It’s a classic St. Patrick’s Day dish and it never gets old for me, after all, I only eat it once a year. But this year, my wife wanted something different. What did I propose, you ask?
See! It’s totally different! It’s like Corned Beef and Cabbage, but it’s a soup. It actually is pretty good, and once my wife tried it, she was sold. She even had me make more the next day so she could bring it to two of her friends. Cooking it in the instant pot is a life saver, it really speeds up the cooking time of the corned beef. We also like to make this with home made Irish Soda Bread, but that is a different recipe for a different day. Suffice it to say that Corned Beef and Cabbage soup is a hearty, easy-to-chew soup that fills up any St. Patrick’s Day bucket your stomach may have. So go and make this St. Patrick’s day special. Make sure you wear green and go eat too many of those chocolate gold coins. Find a rainbow and follow it, I hear there is an instant pot full of this soup on the other side.
Chop up the leeks, carrots, and red pepper. Mince the garlic. Oh and one word of advice about the leeks: once you chop them, let them soak in a bowl of water. The leeks will float on the top and all the dirt will sink to the bottom. Trust me, there will be dirt.....
On the instant pot, press the saute button. Add the olive oil and the leeks, carrots, red pepper, and garlic. Cook while stirring for about 5 minutes.
Add the corned beef, bay leaves, and the water. Also try to add the seasoning that comes with the corned beef. I like to add a few peppercorns as well. Seal your Instant Pot and cook on high pressure for 70 minutes. Release the pressure. Now take out the cooked corned beef and set aside for now.
Once the meat is taken out of the Instant Pot, add the potatoes and cabbage. Seal the Instant Pot again and cook at high pressure for 6 minutes. Release the pressure. Shred and chop the cooked corned beef and add it back into the soup.
Add fresh parsely and serve immediately!
If you need your Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup to be even easier-to-chew, then add it to your blender and blend until a smooth consistency is reached. It will still be delicious!
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