Two weeks ago I did a post on pumpkin soup with the intention of celebrating the arrival of Autumn and of the cooler months of the year. Here in Auckland the winter’s getting closer and closer, and certainly colder, just the right time for a warm up, and I cannot think of anything better really than soup for that. Although dahl’s very good; I might have to cover that next week. Anyway, I thought I’d do another one, so here it is! My Nana’s/Mum’s recipe for bacon hock vegetable soup. It’s warming and hearty. It’s flavourful. It’s just the right thing for this time of year (at least in the southern hemisphere) and it’s simple and quick to make!
Nana’s/Mum’s Bacon Hock Vegetable Soup – (Serves a family of four twice)
2 cups of split peas with pea & ham soup flavouring
1 tsp of bacon stock powder, or some good quality stock
1 large brown onion, sliced
3 tsps of salt, or to taste
1 leek, thinly sliced
2 carrots, parsnips, potatoes and sticks of celery, sliced or chopped
Fill your largest pot ¾ full with water. Add all of the ingredients to it and bring to the boil. Simmer all afternoon or till the meat is tender enough for you to easily remove it from the bone, then remove from the pot, allow to cool a bit, and shred into thin slivers. Return the meat to the pot and leave on a low heat until you intend to serve it, or allow to cool and leave in the fridge for when you would like to have it. Serve with fresh warm, preferably buttered bread or enjoy as a starter.
Note – This soup should keep for several days in the fridge, and it freezes well too. Also, if you are going to cook it in advance then it’s worth noting that after you’ve reheated it the next day (in the pot) it will noticeably taste better. This is because the flavours will have been allowed more time to get to know each other and will have more depth. This is also true for most stews/casseroles, mince dishes even, and for marinades. If you don’t want to do this though, then don’t worry as it will still taste absolutely delicious.
This recipe is from the about sean’s food blog on wordpress. You can find it at –