On top of being one of the music industry's most popular and well-known country singers, Dolly Parton also has her share of recipes like Walnut Pie and Roasted Pork that you don't want to miss. Growing up in Tennessee with her parents and eleven siblings and living in a one-room cabin, Dolly Parton knows all about simple dishes that won't break the bank.

One recipe she shared during an interview was for Stone Soup. You're probably familiar with the children's book, Stone Soup by Marcia Brown. There are a few versions of the story, but the common one is about two hungry soldiers who stop at a village with an empty cooking pot. The villagers won't share any of their food with the soldiers, so they decide to fill the pot with water and a magic stone. Of course, the villagers are curious and eventually add various ingredients to the pot, which eventually creates a delicious soup.

However, Dolly's story of Stone Soup is a little different. Her mother, Avie Lee wanted to get Dolly and her eleven siblings involved in making dinner, so she would send each of her children outside to search for the perfect stone. The stones were then presented to their mother and the winner chosen for the soup was carefully picked by Dolly's mother. Of course, being their mother, Avie Lee knew what was going on in her children's lives. Whether they were struggling, having a tough day or just need some extra special attention.

To make that child feel better, their stone was chosen that say for Stone Soup. How sweet is that? Take a look at the video below.

To make Dolly's Stone Soup recipe, you'll need a large cooking pot for all of the ingredients. Add chicken stock, potatoes, canned tomatoes, cabbage, turnips, carrots,  a medium onion, garlic and a smoked ham hock to the pot. Oh, and a clean, round stone! Of course, this is totally optional.

Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Cook the soup until thick and the vegetables are fork-tender. This takes about 2 hours. After the soup cooks, remove the meat from the ham hock and add the meat back to the soup. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Dolly Parton's Stone Soup is a Southern Recipe 

Prep Time: | Cook Time: 2 hours

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 quarts chicken stock ***
  • 1 pound potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 head cabbage, chopped
  • 1 pound turnips, peeled and diced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 clean stone optional

Instructions

Add chicken stock, potatoes, canned tomatoes, cabbage, turnips, carrots,  a medium onion, garlic and a smoked ham hock to the pot. Oh, and a clean, round stone!

Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Cook the soup until thick and the vegetables are fork-tender. This takes about 2 hours. After the soup cooks, remove the meat from the ham hock and add the meat back to the soup. Season with salt and pepper and serve.