Add hind shank, 1 small onion halved, bell pepper, 4 whole garlic cloves and stock to a large stockpot. Cook for 45-60 minutes until the meat is fork-tender.
When the meat is tender, remove the big pieces of vegetables and bones. Discard.
Add diced onion, 2 minced garlic, mini sweet peppers, sliced leeks (light green part), scallions, yucca and corn; Mix and simmer covered over medium heat for 5- 8 minutes, until the yucca is starting to soften.
Add yautia, white yam, and butternut squash. Mix to combine. Simmer covered over medium heat for 5 – 6 minutes, until all the root vegetables are tender. NOTE: Do not cook too much or they will fall apart.
Taste and add salt to your taste, if necessary. Add cilantro and the remaining 2 minced garlic cloves. Mix and let simmer for 2 more minutes.
Serve hot in large soup bowls, dividing the meat and vegetables evenly. Add a squish of lime juice and/or hot sauce, if desired. Serve along with arepas and or casabe (cassava bread).