Dolly Parton's Recipe for 'Stone Soup' Comes a Sweet Story About Her Mama (2024)

Dolly Parton's stone soup is a flavorful comfort food that comes with the sweetest story about her mama.

Long before she became a Grammy-winning country singer, theme park owner, author and philanthropist, Dolly Parton was a country girl growing up in rural Tennessee.

She talks fondly about the love and support from her mother Avie Lee Parton, who taught her children to appreciate good, home-cooked Southern food, like this stone soup recipe for example.

It’s a simple vegetable soup that’s flavorful and filling, but Avie Lee made it extra special for her children.

What is stone soup?

There are many children’s books about stone soup, including the classic Stone Soup by Ann McGovern. This story is based on a folktale that goes back centuries. It tells the story of a hungry traveler who convinces villagers that he can create a delicious soup with only boiling water and a stone.

Little by little, the curious villagers offer to contribute—a turnip here, a potato there—until finally there’s a big pot of hearty soup for everyone to share. And in the end, the villagers believe a magic stone created the wonderful soup.

How to Make Stone Soup

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The Dolly Parton stone soup recipe makes a big pot that will feed at least 8 people. It’s a great way to use up the odds and ends of leftover vegetables from your refrigerator.

Don’t forget to choose a special stone for the soup! Dolly Parton told The Hallmark Channel that her mother would send each kid out to the farmyard to choose a stone and scrub it clean.

Their mother would then pick one stone, always the one belonging to the child who needed extra love that day, and add it to the soup pot with whatever scraps of vegetables and meat were available. The children believed that it was their stone that made the soup so good.

Ingredients

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  • 2 quarts low-salt chicken broth
  • 1 pound russet potatoes, scrubbed, peeled and diced
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 small head cabbage, coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound turnips, peeled and diced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • 1 very clean stone
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

Step 1: Put ingredients in a pot

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Pour the chicken broth into a large stockpot. Add in the diced potatoes, diced tomatoes and their liquid, chopped cabbage, diced turnips, diced carrot, diced onions, minced garlic and ham hock.

Place the stone into the soup.

Step 2: Simmer

Bring the soup to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer it uncovered for about 2 hours. Stir the soup occasionally during simmering.

Step 3: Add the meat from the ham hock

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Scoop the ham hock from the soup and place it on a cutting board. Remove the skin and discard. Remove the meat and use a sharp knife to dice it. Add the diced meat back into the soup, discarding the bone.

Step 4: Season and serve

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Taste the soup; it will have some saltiness from the stock and ham hock, but you can add more if it needs some, along with black pepper to taste. Remove the stone from the soup. (You can wash the stone and save it for the next batch.) Serve the soup while it’s hot. Try pairing it with this pecan chicken salad for a hearty meal.

What does Dolly Parton’s stone soup taste like?

The soup has a wonderful, savory flavor with a touch of smokiness from the ham hock. The vegetables are tender and make the soup really thick and hearty. Of course, as the legend says, it’s that carefully chosen stone that gives the soup the most flavor!

Leftovers are easy to reheat in the microwave and taste even better on the second day. If the soup seems too thick, add a small splash of water or stock to loosen it up.

Next, we’re making Dolly Parton’s chicken and dumplings.

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Dolly Parton's Recipe for 'Stone Soup' Comes a Sweet Story About Her Mama (2024)

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Dolly Parton's Recipe for 'Stone Soup' Comes a Sweet Story About Her Mama? ›

Their mother would then pick one stone, always the one belonging to the child who needed extra love that day, and add it to the soup pot with whatever scraps of vegetables and meat were available. The children believed that it was their stone that made the soup so good.

What is the story behind the stone soup? ›

Stone Soup is a European folk tale about the use of wit and ingenuity to get something to eat. Different versions are told across Europe, but they all contain a stranger passing through a village, and soup made from an inedible object belonging to the stranger and ingredients added by villagers.

What's the ingredients to the Dolly Parton diet? ›

The Dolly Parton diet is a low-carb diet that focuses on lean proteins, fresh vegetables, and healthy fats. Some of the recommended foods on this diet include grilled chicken, fish, leafy greens, broccoli, avocados, nuts, and berries.

What is Dolly Parton's soup? ›

Dolly Parton's Stone Soup Recipe

of russet potatoes, peeled and diced; 1 (14 ½-oz.) can diced tomatoes; 1 small head cabbage, coarsely chopped; 1 lb. of turnips, peeled and diced; 2 large carrots, diced; 1 small onion, chopped; 4 garlic cloves, minced; and a smoked ham hock.

What was the stone soup made of? ›

Stone soup is the name given to a wide variety of hearty meat and vegetable soups that stems from a European folktale about community sharing. Stone soup typically features humble but delicious ingredients like potatoes, peas, cabbage, and affordable cuts of beef or chicken.

What is the moral of the story rock soup? ›

The story of the stone soup demonstrates the idea that we can have more together than we can separately, as the delicious soup is the result of the community pooling the resources they had previously felt they were better off keeping to themselves.

What is the quote from the book stone soup? ›

The quote by Stone Soup, "Nothing is impossible when hearts and hands come together," encapsulates the power of unity and collaboration. It emphasizes that when people join forces, combining their passions, skills, and efforts, they can overcome any obstacle and achieve the seemingly impossible.

How did Dolly Parton lose her weight? ›

The diet that Dolly Parton reportedly followed during her bingeing and dieting cycles is known as the Cabbage Soup Diet. It is a short-term weight loss plan that involves consuming a low-calorie cabbage soup along with a specific set of allowed food items for a duration of seven days.

How did Kelly Clarkson lose her weight? ›

Clarkson credits her move to New York City for helping her get active. In an exclusive interview with People, she revealed that she's lost weight because she's now taking her wellness seriously and walking more. She's never shared whether she has a gym routine but said “Walking in the city is quite the workout."

Does Dolly Parton do her own cooking? ›

So, I learned to cook from all those wonderful relatives.” Dolly still loves making Southern food. Some of her favorite dishes to cook (and eat) are meatloaf with mashed potatoes and homemade coleslaw, pork roast and her specialty, chicken and dumplings.

What is Dolly Parton's favorite dinner? ›

Roasted Pork with Gravy

When the New York Times interviewed Dolly Parton, she claimed that roast pork was her favorite dish for entertaining. She loves a good, Southern greasy dish and with a nice fatty pork loin you'll understand why.

What is Dolly Parton's favorite breakfast? ›

And Parton loves scrambled eggs in the mornings as well, she noted in an interview with Insider. She even has a secret to making them fluffier: add a sprinkle of ice water to the pan while you cook the eggs. Safe to say, the singer is rising and shining with eggs on her plate one way or another.

Why was the stone soup so delicious? ›

The villagers loved the soup and asked the traveller for the 'magic' stone. The traveller then removed the stone from the pot, and the villagers were shocked. They realised that the wonderful flavour of the soup came from the ingredients they put together and not from the stone.

What is the original version of the stone soup? ›

The First Published Version: Madame de Noyer, France 1720

The first telling of the Stone Soup story that I have been able to locate is by a French woman, Madame de Noyer (1663–1719), a female journalist, a woman of letters and a dynamic personality who lived what can only be described as an interesting life.

What is the purpose of the stone in Stone Soup? ›

One story about the origin of the term stone soup is that during the US's Great Depression, families unable to put food on the table every day simply placed a porous rock in the stock pot on days when there was food - and subsequently flavour - to absorb.

Why did the old man decided to make Stone Soup? ›

Explanation: The old man decided to make stone soup as a way to trick the villagers into sharing their food with him. He was a stranger in the village and had no food or money. The villagers were hesitant to share their food with him, so he came up with the idea of making stone soup.

What is the story of Stone Soup by Ann McGovern? ›

A clever young man tricks an old woman into believing that soup can be made from a stone. As the pot of water boils with the stone in it, he urges her to add more and more ingredients until the soup is a feast "fit for a king." In print for 30 years.;Ann McGovern has been writing children's books for over 35 years.

What is the story with the monks in Stone Soup? ›

The tricksters are three monks, searching for the meaning of happiness. They come upon a village whose people have become hardened and untrusting. The monks pique the villagers' curiosity by boiling three stones in a small pot. As a few villagers slowly offer to add to the pot, the soup grows more and more delicious.

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