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Wholesome Ham Hock Soup with Vegetables

When the weather is cold outside, what kind of soup do you crave? For some of us, it will be chicken noodle soup or a hearty beef bone broth, while others prefer something with plenty of vegetables and meat, such as our wholesome ham hock soup with all those colorful chunky vegetables in there. This is sure to warm you up from the inside out.

This soup needs to simmer away for a few hours before it is ready, so start it after lunch and it will be ready by dinnertime, with the kitchen smelling amazing too. We are using various vegetables to make this, including pearl onions or chopped yellow onion, carrots, celery and potato, along with a ham hock. You can throw in anything else you want too, such as white beans, chopped button mushrooms, or even some chopped kale. The vegetables can be chopped as roughly as you want. In this soup, big chunks work well.

This makes a nice lunch or dinner, and you can garnish it with fresh parsley if you like, and maybe add some crusty bread for dunking and also to soak up all those wonderful flavors. Taste the soup before grinding in salt and pepper. The ham hock adds saltiness and so can the bouillon depending what type you are using, so just taste as you go and let your palate decide whether it needs more salt and black pepper or not. This tasty ham hock works out cheap to make, and the flavors it offers ensures it is going to appeal to everyone in the family, delivering plenty of nutrients along with a delicious flavor. Make this for the family and they are sure to really like it.

Easy Ham Hock and Vegetable Soup
Summary: This soup is perfect if it is chilly outside and you want something warming. The ham hock adds so much flavor, as do the vegetables, garlic and chicken stock.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 8
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  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 8 peeled pearl onions or ½ peeled, chopped yellow onion
  • 2 peeled, chopped carrots
  • 2 diced celery stalks
  • 1 minced large garlic clove
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 ham hock
  • 1 peeled, diced medium potato
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 8 fresh parsley sprigs, for garnish
  1. Put the olive oil in a pot over a medium hot.
  2. When hot, add the onions, carrots and celery.
  3. Cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the garlic.
  5. Cook for 1 minute.
  6. Add the chicken stock and ham hock.
  7. Cover and cook for 2½ hours.
  8. Add the potato and cook for 30 minutes.
  9. Season with salt and black pepper and cook for another 15 minutes.
  10. Remove the fat and bone from the ham and shred the pork.
  11. Return the pork to the pot and add more salt and black pepper to the soup if necessary.

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This fragrant soup has it all – meaty flavors, fresh veggie flavors, a garlicky chicken bouillon base, and even a colorful presentation guaranteed to make everyone want to grab a spoon and chow down. Making this soup is very easy although it does need to simmer for a few hours for the best result, so start making this when you are done with breakfast and it should be ready by lunch, or make it just after lunch if you want to enjoy it for dinner. This ham hock soup is really good and you can throw in white beans, kale or anything else you wish to put in there.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hello there, I'm Christine. Welcome to my blog where you will find a comprehensive collection of soup recipes for every season, occasion and palate. There are hundreds of soup recipes for you to try out, those which warm you up during the cooler months, and even chilled soups and dessert soups if you want to try something new.

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