This tasty soup is easy to prepare in advance & freezes well. It's cheap to make, has low GI, is gluten & lactose free. Serve with oven warmed wholemeal bread rolls in big bowls. A winter warmer. Ham hocks rarely come much smaller that 1kg, so making a smaller quantity is hard to do. It also takes the same time to cook a large or small quantity, so I use it as a great time saver - with 4 adults in our house it provides one full meal for tonight & one full meal for for the freezer. If we're having a large dinner party, it easily provides 16 entre size servings. Control the fat content by cutting as much fat of the ham or bacon as you can manage. If you're really serious, allow the soup to cool & skim oil off the surface. Tastes even better when reheated.