Breton Bacon, Sausage and Vegetable Stew

  • Active Time 15m
  • Total Time 2h 15m

6 servings

This hearty Potee Breton comes from the historic region of Brittany, on a peninsula between the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay. This will keep your heart warm in winter!


  • 6 cups water
  • 1 pound bacon, cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1 1/2 pounds turnips, peeled, quartered, or halved if small
  • 12 ounces carrots, peeled, cut diagonally into 1-inch chunks
  • 20 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 8 whole allspice berries
  • 1 large (about 4 1/2 pounds) green cabbage, trimmed, cut into six wedges
  • 2 pounds small yellow-skinned potatoes, peeled, halved
  • 2 pounds good-quality smoked pork sausage, such as kielbasa, pierced all over
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 6 thin slices stale sourdough or whole-wheat bread
  • Coarse-grain mustard


Combine water, bacon, half of turnips, half of carrots, thyme, bay leaves and allspice in a large stockpot. Cover and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Simmer covered until vegetables are very tender, about 1 hour. Discard carrots and turnips. Stir in remaining uncooked turnips and carrots, cabbage, potatoes and sausage. Cover and cook until cabbage is completely tender, checking water level occasionally and adding more if necessary to just cover vegetables, leaving sausage on top, about 1 hour. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Remove sausage from pot. Cut crosswise into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Transfer sausages, bacon and vegetables to large warm platter. Tent with foil to keep warm.

Place one bread slice in each of six soup bowls. Ladle soup over bread and serve. Serve sausage and vegetable platter as second course to soup, passing mustard alongside.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 4678

nutrition information per serving

1337 calories; 92g total fat; 153mg cholesterol; 3118mg sodium; 73g carbohydrates; 15g fiber; 51g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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