This is a very comforting soup that I make often. Mild but delicious, my children have loved it since they were tots. DH likes his soup with a bit of texture, so only half is pureed, but for those of you who prefer a creamier soup, you can puree the entire pot. A leftover ham bone, smoked turkey wings, or Canadian bacon all have worked well when ham hocks weren't available. The original recipe came from The Good Food, Soups, Stews and Pastas cookbook.