Smokey Vegetable Soup

Smokey Vegetable Soup w/Grated Parmesan

Years ago a friend and I used to take cooking classes together now and then. I remember that one focused on desserts that a cookbook author, Betty Rosbottom, taught. Another time we took a class that focused on soups. We really cherished our night out together because we both had small children and didn’t often get to do something for the pure enjoyment of it. This recipe is from the soup cooking class and is really different for a vegetable soup. Because of the use of smoked ham hocks, the soup tastes like it has slowly simmered over a campfire. I made this the other night when we had friends over and served it with kalamata olive bread. It was a great combination! This is one of those recipes that tastes even better the next day so I usually make a double batch so there are leftovers.

Ingredients
8 C. chicken stock
2 T. olive oil
1/4 C. chopped parsley
3 garlic cloves, minced
6 strips of bacon
2 C. shredded cabbage
1 medium onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 potato, peeled, diced
1 zucchini, diced
1 large tomato, diced
1/2 lb. mushrooms, sliced
1/4 lb. string beans
2 smoked ham hocks
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 C. freshly grated parmesan cheese

1. Heat oil in large soup pot.
2. Add the parsley and garlic, saute over medium heat. Before garlic changes color, add the bacon and saute until lightly browned.
3. Stir in cabbage. Cover and cook 1-2 minutes.
4. Add remaining vegetables to pan and cover and cook 5 minutes.
5. Add broth and ham hocks.
6. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 40-50 minutes. Remove the bacon before serving. (I frequently make this the day before I serve it so I can chill it and remove the congealed fat.)
7. Serve sprinkled with grated parmesan cheese. Serves 6


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One Response to “Smokey Vegetable Soup”
  1. [...] I have included directions for making this soup on the stove and in the crockpot. To me it is worth it to spend a little time the night before to prep the ingredients for the crockpot. This soup ranks right up there with the smokey vegetable soup I posted awhile ago. But, if you want to check that recipe out, you can find it here. [...]

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