Ham Hock & Winter Veggie Soup

 A classic winter warmer! An easy, wholesome meal for those chilly nights.

Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 150 minutes Serves: 8

Ingredients

3L water
1 ham hock
1 pea and ham soup mix (we love King Soup)
2 celery stalks, finely diced
1 packet carrots (we love Wilcox)
½ leek, halved and finely sliced
1 swede, peeled & grated
2 tbsp pesto
1 tbsp fresh parsley, roughly chopped  (we love Superb Herb)
To Serve
1 loaf of bread

Method

  1. Place the bacon bone in a large saucepan and cover with at least 2 litres of the water. Simmer covered for 1½ hours.
  2. Remove the bone and meat and set aside to cool. Add the remaining water to the saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Add the soup mix and simmer for 40 minutes, then add the sliced and grated vegetables. Simmer for a further 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, remove any meat from the bone and dice. Return to the soup and heat through.
  5. Check for seasoning, then ladle into bowls and top with a small teaspoon of pesto and sprinkle with parsley.
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