Tested till perfect  Ham Hock Squash Soup
Ham Hock Squash Soup
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Ham Hock Squash Soup

Ham hock is perfect for soup. The bone makes a flavourful stock for cooking the chickpeas, and the meat makes it hearty and satisfying. Pair this soup with Whole Wheat Honey Oat Loaf, find the recipe link below.

By Adell Shneer, Matthew Kimura and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: October 2009

Recipe3 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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  • Portion size 10 to 12


  • 3/4 cup 3/4cupdried chickpeadried chickpeas
  • 3 3clovecloves
  • 1 1oniononions, halved
  • 8 cups 8cupswater
  • 1 1smoked ham hocksmoked ham hocks
  • 3 3cloves garlic
  • 1 1bay leafbay leaves
  • 1 cup 1cupchopped carrotcarrots
  • 1 cup 1cupchopped onion
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupchopped celery
  • 1 tsp 1tspsalt
  • 1 1butternut squashbutternut squashes, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tsppepper
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In large saucepan, bring chickpeas and 4 cups (1 L) water to boil; boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour. (Or soak chickpeas in 4 cups/1 L water for at least 6 hours or for up to 24 hours.) Drain and rinse under cold water.

Poke cloves into 1 onion half. In Dutch oven, bring onion halves, water, ham hock, chickpeas, garlic and bay leaf to boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer, skimming off foam, for 1-1/2 hours.

Add carrot, chopped onion, celery and salt; cook for 15 minutes. Add squash; cook until ham hock is tender, about 30 minutes. Discard onion halves and bay leaf.

Remove ham hock; remove and discard fat and bone. Cut meat, and skin (if desired), into bite-size pieces and return to pot. Add pepper and heat through, adding more water if too thick.

Serve with Whole Wheat Honey Oat Loaf.

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Additional information : Variation
Smoked Turkey Squash Soup: Substitute smoked turkey thigh or drumstick for the ham hock.

Nutritional Information Per each of 12 servings: about

cal 112 pro 11g total fat 3g sat. fat 1g
carb 13g fibre 2g chol 21mg sodium 443mg
potassium 330mg

% RDI:

calcium 4 iron 11 vit A 51 vit C 10
folate 25
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