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Traditional St. Patrick's Day Bacon and Cabbage

This traditional Irish Cabbage and Bacon Recipe is made with only a few ingredients and is super easy to make. Make this delicious and traditional side dish for Saint Patrick’s Day or for any dinner!

Traditional St. Patrick's Day Bacon and Cabbage


  • 1 head of cabbage, chopped
  • 6-8 slices of bacon
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2.5 cups chicken broth
Prep time
5 minutes
Cook time
25 minutes


  1. Begin by preparing the vegetables. Chop the cabbage into bite-sized pieces, dice the onion, and mince the garlic.
  2. Cut the bacon into bite-sized pieces and cook in a large pot. Cook until browned, but not overly crispy.
  3. Add in your chopped onions and garlic. Sauté until they are soft and fragrant.
  4. Next, add the cabbage to the pot. Add chicken broth to cover the cabbage, and season with salt and pepper. Stir to move the cabbage to the bottom of the pot and bring the bacon upward.
  5. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes. You want the cabbage to be tender but not mushy.
  6. Once the cabbage is done cooking, remove it and the bacon from the pot with a slotted spoon and transfer it to a serving dish.
  7. Serve the bacon and cabbage hot, and enjoy!