Nova Scotia’s Summer Soup

Hodgepodge picture

Hodgepodge… One of my favourite summer meals.  When the carrots, beans and potatoes are fresh what do you do?  Make Hodgepodge!  A true Nova Scotian classic, hodgepodge is a simple soup made from fresh beans, carrots, peas, potatoes, cream and butter.  Lots of butter.

When I asked my Mom for her recipe, there wasn’t really one.  It’s one of those things you just throw together, but below are some basic guidelines to follow…


1 cup green beans, ends trimmed
1 cup yellow beans, ends trimmed
1 cup fresh peas, shelled
10 baby carrots, halved
4 potatoes, cut into chunks
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup whole milk


  1. Place beans, peas, carrots and milk to a medium-sized pot. Season with salt and pepper and then bring to a boil.
  2. After it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to a low simmer, checking often.
  3. Add the potatoes, butter and cream. Simmer for about 45 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through.
  4. Taste and then season with more salt and pepper, if desired.


The only changes I would make to this recipe would be to use regular carrots cut into inch or so segments and use just cream and no milk.  The veggies counteract the cream and butter, right?  As if this meal isn’t already delicious enough, try it the next day after all the flavours have marinaded together… Yum.



Recipe from Harbour City Bar & Grill, Delta Halifax Hotel


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