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Grandma’s Harvest Soup

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours


18 servings (4-1/4 quarts)

I have fond memories of eating Grandma's soup when I was a child. Now I give my wife a break in the kitchen by making this soup every once in a while. It tastes just like home!


  • 3 smoked ham hocks (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon granules
  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 6 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1/2 medium head cabbage, chopped
  • 1 small turnip, diced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Place ham hocks, water and bouillon in a Dutch oven or soup kettle; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours. Remove hocks; set them aside to cool.
  2. Add potatoes, carrots, onions, cabbage and turnip to broth; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until vegetables are tender. Using a potato masher, coarsely mash vegetables.
  3. Remove meat from bones; cut into bite-sized pieces and add to soup. Stir in salt and pepper; heat through.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 189 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 377mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g protein.

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