Jim Franco
Prep Time
20 Mins
Cook Time
32 Mins
Makes 16 cups

All you need is 20 minutes to put together this hearty soup made with ham, bacon, and six different fresh vegetables. While the soup simmers for 30 minutes, warm up some crusty bread and throw together a quick salad.

How to Make It

Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp; crumble and set aside, reserving drippings (about 2 tablespoons) in pan. Add leeks and celery to pan with drippings; cook, stirring occasionally, over medium-high heat 6 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and rosemary; cook 1 minute. Add carrot and next 5 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 25 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Discard ham bone. Ladle into individual soup bowls; sprinkle with reserved crumbled bacon and parsley. Garnish, if desired.

Chef's Notes

For added flavor, include the ham bone in the pot. Toss in any other remaining vegetables, including green beans, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, or roasted potatoes.

Ratings & Reviews


January 29, 2016
Great tasting hearty soup. I made a chicken and ham bone broth instead of vegetable broth. Big hit at the dinner table. Looking forward to the leftovers.

Christine1226's Review

January 28, 2013
This is the heartiest..best tasting soup I've had in a long time!! Followed the recipe exactly as it was written. Will definitely be a repeat at this house!!

dprobasco's Review

December 28, 2011