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Pot Liquor Collard Greens Soup

Pot liquor, the flavorful liquid leftover after cooking down a pot of greens, is the base of this hearty collard greens soup. It's also chock full of tender beans and veggies.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings 4 people
Author Lisa B


  • 1 bunch collard greens
  • 3-4 smoked ham hocks or hambone
  • 1 quart cold water
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 15 ounce can seasoned butter (lima) beans
  • 1 15 ounce can field peas and snaps
  • 1 15 ounce can black-eyed peas
  • 1 15 ounce can Hoppin’ John
  • 1 cup Bloody Mary mix
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup sliced fresh or frozen okra


  • Thoroughly wash the greens to remove any grit. Remove the center stem and tear the leaves into smaller pieces. Set aside.
  • Add the remaining ingredients into a large stock pot. Bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  • Add collard greens. Stir to combine. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 2 ½ - 3 hours or until the collard greens are tender and the meat from the ham hocks is easily remove from the bone.
  • Remove the ham hocks or hambone. Once cool enough to touch, pull the meat from the bones and shred. Add the meat back to the pot and stir to combine and heat through.
  • Season with salt and pepper.