Simple Ham & Veggie Soup
2 tablespoons oil of choice - I used a blend of untoasted sesame oil & olive oil
5 stalks celery
2 garlic scapes
8 garlic cloves, crushed
2 cups diced red potatoes
8 cups chicken stock - you can use vegetable broth if preferred
2 cups chopped ham
2 tsp. mixed herbs of choice - I used marjoram and thyme
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2-1 tsp. salt, to taste
Fresh parsley, for garnish
Chop all vegetables into bite size pieces. In large pot, heat oil over medium high. Add vegetables, garlic and herbs & reduce to medium heat. Let cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add stock and bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer for 12-15 minutes. Add ham, pepper and salt to taste. Let simmer 10 minutes or so. Garnish with parsley.
This works great with any assortment of veggies. It's also terrific with some grated Parmesan cheese over the top.