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The BEST Hearty Autumn Garden Soup

The BEST Hearty Autumn Garden Soup is hearty soup uses a little bit of everything and makes for a great belly-warmer on a cool fall day. This dish is perfect for dinner with family or friends. You’ll love this easy amazing soup. #autumn #fall #soup #comfortfood #dinner #vegetables

The BEST Hearty Autumn Garden Soup is hearty soup uses a little bit of everything and makes for a great belly-warmer on a cool fall day. This dish is perfect for dinner with family or friends. You'll love this easy amazing soup. #autumn #fall #soup #comfortfood #dinner #vegetables

Recipe adapted from Almanac.com

WHAT YOU NEED:

For 4-6 servings

  • 1/2 pound fresh spinach or other greens, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 cup pureed winter squash or pumpkin
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped, or handful of celery leaves
  • 1 ham bone
  • 4 large tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped salt pork
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh shell beans*
  • a few leaves each of mint, marjoram, basil, rosemary, and thyme
  • several sprigs parsley
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • grated cheese, for garnish

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HOW TO MAKE:

  1. First, put the ham bone into a large stockpot, cover with water, and simmer over medium heat for 1 hour.
  2. Then, in a frying pan, cook the salt pork until the fat is released.
  3. Next, add the garlic, parsley, onions, carrots, and celery and saute lightly, without browning.
  4. Then, remove the ham bone from the pot and skim any fat from the stock.
  5. Next, cut off any bits of meat from the ham bone and return them to the soup.
  6. Then, add the onion and carrot mixture to the ham broth and simmer for 1 hour.
  7. And next… add the beans, herbs, tomatoes, spinach, and squash. Simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. And last… Serve hot, with a sprinkling of grated cheese then enjoy it!

NOTES:

*You can substitute for fresh shell beans with ½ cup dried navy beans or soldier beans cooked in unsalted water, or fresh green or wax beans.

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