Super Easy Nova Scotia Hodge Podge

I’ve been living in anticipation of making Hodge Podge since I found out I’d be in the Maritimes during Hodge Podge season. Hodge Podge is a traditional Eastern Canadian dish with deep roots in Nova Scotia. The beauty of Hodge Podge is that it’s super easy and awesomely good!!

Super Easy Nova Scotia Hodge Podge

What is “Hodge Podge?”

Hodge Podge is all about the vegetables. It’s not a fancy dish, but at the same time, it’s very presentable. You must use the first gleanings from the garden, as in, young vegetables. If you use old veggies it isn’t Hodge Podge anymore. There is nothing like the taste of fresh, new veggies from the garden, or market! I’m not kidding. And when they’re grown on good old Nova Scotia soil…well…there is just nothing like it. (Hee-hee!)

Super Easy Nova Scotia Hodge Podge

Hodge Podge has a long history, particularly in Nova Scotia, even though it’s not recorded in many recipe books. But it is so simple, it hardly needs a recipe.

Super Easy Nova Scotia Hodge Podge

Hodge Podge is a mixture of vegetables cooked in one pot. In days of old, they used mutton and goose in the pot too, but today, in Nova Scotia kitchens, there is no meat in the pot, only veggies and water. Not all vegetables are acceptable in a Hodge Podge. It’s made of small potatoes, small carrots, peas, green beans and yellow wax beans. That is all. Definitely no beets, (yikes!), no celery, no cabbage, no onions, no garlic, no spices. It’s beautiful in it’s simplicity.

Super Easy Nova Scotia Hodge Podge


Super Easy Nova Scotia Hodge Podge

Super easy awesome Hodge Podge

It’s really difficult to write out a recipe for this because it’s so simple! All you have to do is change the amounts according to the crowd you’re cooking for.

Here’s what you need to make this super easy awesome Hodge Podge.


Small potates, scrubbed, not peeled. Cut bigger ones in half, but the leave the small ones whole.

Small carrots, scrubbed, not peeled. Leave them whole or cut in half.

Green beans, stems cut off.

Yellow wax beans, stems cut off.

Shelled peas.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Blend or cream (10% milk fat)

Butter, to taste.


Super Easy Nova Scotia Hodge Podge

There. Isn’t that unbelievably simple? Now, what you do is half fill a Dutch oven with water and bring it to a boil. ┬áPut the potatoes in first, for about 7 minutes; add the carrots and cook together for 5 minutes; add the beans and cook for 5 minutes, and finally add the peas and cook for about 3 minutes more.

Drain most of the water off, leaving an inch or so in the bottom of the pot. Add your blend and butter and heat again. Don’t bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper. You can more or less cream, according to your taste.

Super Easy Nova Scotia Hodge Podge

Don’t skimp on the butter. It’s essential to the success of this dish!

I hope you enjoy this incredibly easy Nova Scotian Hodge Podge full of mixed veggies. Maybe it’ll become a tradition in your house too!

You can read more about the fabulous Nova Scotia Hodge Podge over on Movita Beaucoup.

Is there a special dish that has become a tradition in your area? Let us know in the comments!



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