A smoked ham hock is available from most major supermarkets. Soup can be divided into individual portions in freezer-proof containers. Seal, date and label. Freeze for up to two months.
Cook LOW 11 hours, HIGH 9 hours
2 onions, finely chopped
1 small fennel, finely chopped
1 large carrot, peeled, finelychopped
3 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 dried bay leaf
1/3 cup tomato paste
1 cup dried soup mix (200g)
1kg smoked ham hock
1 litre (4 cups) chicken stock
1 1⁄2 litres (6 cups) water
1 bunch English spinach, trimmed, washed, shredded
Crusty bread, to serve
Place onions, fennel, carrot, celery and bay leaf in the removable bowl of a 5 to 6-litre capacity slow cooker. Stir in paste and soup mix. Top with ham. Pour over stock and water. Cover with lid.
2 Cook on Low for 10 to 11 hours, or on High for about 8 to 9 hours, or until ham is tender and falling away from the bone. Remove ham from soup. Cool slightly.
3 Shred ham, discarding skin and bones. Return ham meat to slow cooker with spinach. Stir to combine.
4 Serve with crusty bread.