Rose Mary Mogan


As a kid growing up in Rural Arkansas, my mom often made this, fullfilling & hearty soup to feed all 13 of us.

She used vegetables from our garden,& used Pork neck Bones, because that was one of the cheapest meats you could buy at the time. She made a huge 15 inch cast Iron skillet of Corn Bread to go with it,& added liquids to cover the meat, & it made a huge pot. Had lots of flavor, & was so very tasty.

This is my spin on her recipe. Neckbones were on sale & were quite meaty, so I decided to make a soup like Mama's.On a cold Illinois winters day, it taste good is warm & comforting.

★★★★★ 5 votes
10 to 12 OR MORE depending on serving size
45 Min
3 Hr 20 Min
Stove Top


9 lb
meaty pork neckbones
1 lb
baby carrots, cut in half
2 lb
mixed vegetables
1 small
red onion chopped
1 bunch
green onions chopped
1 medium
yellow onion chopped
3-4 stick
celery, chopped
6-8 medium
potatoes, peeled, washed & quartered
2 can(s)
(18 oz) progresso recipe starters cooking sauce(fire roasted tomatoes)
2 can(s)
diced tomatoes ( 15 1/2 oz. each)
2 Tbsp
minces garlic, or less if preferred
bay leaves
24 oz
v-8 low sodium tomato juice
2 tsp
dried thyme
1 1/2 tsp
coarse black pepper
2 tsp
kosher salt (after tasting broth) if desired


1 Tbsp
each, paprika,garlic powder,onion powder,coarse black pepper, kosher salt,dried parsley, cumin
2 tsp
dried thyme


1This recipe make a lot, you can use the amounts suited for your family, and what ever vegetables you prefer, or have on hand. You call the shots. Just make sure that you have enough water to cover the meat as it cooks. You will need a pot large enough to accomadate all of your meat & veggies with the liquid.
2Chop veggies needed for the soup, carrots cut in half, chop green, red & white onions & celery.
3Peel wash & quarter potatoes
4Combine spices for seasoning meat, & generously season meat with spices. Will probably have some left over for another use.
5Add meat to large pot, cover with water and bring to a low boil, and simmer for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Skim off any foam that surfaces to the top of pot.
6Add Recipe starter & tomato juice. Continue to cook.
7Add chopped vegetables, potatoes, garlic, bay leaves and other spices, and continue to simmer. Cook on low and taste, add additional seasoning if needed. Cook until meat & vegetables are very tender.
8Serve with favorite Bread & butter if desired.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Soups, Vegetable Soup
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Southern