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Get Your Greens Ham Hock Minestrone Soup

Ham Hock Healthy Minestrone Soup

The perfect Sunday night minestrone soup with ham bone and and macaroni. A hearty, healthy soup that is satisfying and full of nutrients. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy soup recipe, minestrone soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 870 kcal


  • 3-4 lb ham hock ***
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 leek thinly sliced
  • 1 32oz container chicken stock
  • 1 bunch broccolini trimmed
  • 3/4 cup dried macaroni
  • 2 cups kale de-stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup cabbage roughly chopped
  • 1 cup green beans trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup parsley roughly chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • finely grated parmesan cheese for garnish
  • 1/2 lb ham steak diced **OPTIONAL


  1. Place ham hock in a large stock pot and cover with cold water. Place pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Carefully removed the hock and reserve 2 cups of cooking liquid. Remove the rind from the hock and discard. Using 2 forks shred the meat and set aside. ***If your hock does not produce a lot of meat, you may want to supplement with an additional ham steak (Optional)
  3. In the same stock pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add leek and cook, stirring constantly, until softened, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add chicken stock and reserved cooking liquid. Bring to a simmer. Add broccolini and macaroni. Cook for 3 minutes. Add kale, cabbage and green beans. Simmer for two minutes. Add peas and simmer for 1 more minute. Add ham and parsley. Stir. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Spoon into 6 bowls and top with finely grated parmesan cheese.
Nutrition Facts
Ham Hock Healthy Minestrone Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 870 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Fat 43g66%
Sodium 2268mg95%
Carbohydrates 69g23%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 52g104%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.