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Dolly Parton's Stone Soup is a Southern Recipe

Dolly Parton grew up living a simple life. One of her childhood recipes handed down from her mother is Stone Soup. Learn how to make it.
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Dinner


  • 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


  • 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.