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Leftover Ham Bone Soup with Potatoes and Cabbage
If you’re making a big bone-in ham for the holidays this year, don’t throw away the leftover ham bone once all the meat’s been cut off. It’s a key ingredient in this soup that adds instant flavor with minimal effort! Here I added some vegetables, potatoes and cabbage, there are no beans but you can add some if you wish. So delicious and easy to make!
I made a slow cooker ham the other day and saved the bone just to make soup. Freeze the bone if you don’t plan on using it right away. You can make this on the stove in a big soup pot, Dutch oven or Instant Pot as I did here to save time. This would also be great in the slow cooker.
For more leftover ham recipes you might like:
- Leftover Ham Fried Cauliflower Rice
- Veggie Ham Egg and Cheese Bake
- 16 Bean Soup with Ham and Kale
- Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham
Leftover Ham Bone Soup with Potatoes and Cabbage
If you're making a big bone-in ham for the holidays this year, don’t throw away the leftover ham bone once all the meat’s been cut off. It’s a key ingredient in this soup that adds instant flavor with minimal effort!
Yield: 6 servings
Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
- cooking spray
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
- 4 cups 1 carton less sodium chicken broth
- 10 ounces 2 medium yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced small
- 1 leftover ham bone
- 5 ounces chopped leftover ham
- 1 small head cabbage, cored and chopped (13 oz)
- Instant Pot:
- Assuming your electric pressure cooker has a saute option, press the saute button and spray with oil, add the onions, celery, and garlic and saute, 4 to 5 minutes.
- Add the chicken broth, carrots, 1 1/2 cups water, potatoes, ham bone and ham and cook high pressure 20 minutes.
- Let the steam release naturally. Add the cabbage and cook 5 minutes high pressure. Natural or quick release.
- To cook on the stove top:
- Follow the same directions as above in a large pot or Dutch oven, cook covered low 1 hour adding the cabbage during the last 10 to 15 minutes. Cook until the cabbage and vegetables are tender.
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Serving: 1 1/2 cups, Calories: 124 kcal, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Protein: 10.5 g, Fat: 2.5 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 22 mg, Sodium: 437 mg, Fiber: 3.5 g, Sugar: 4.5 g
153 comments on “Leftover Ham Bone Soup with Potatoes and Cabbage”
Can get yhe crockpot recipe please
Oops meant to say, can I get the crockpot recipe 😋
This soup freezes well
Th going to cook this tomorrow ty
Wonderful soup for those who don’t care for beans – I also added a can of diced tomatoes.
Good idea ty
Definitely a good soup! Easy to make. Loved it!
This soup was so good! I will definitely make it again and again. Thanks so much for the recipe.
Love this soup so much!
I’m going to try this using smoked pork neckbones instead of a ham bone. I bought a big package for making black-eyed peas for New Year’s Day but I only need half for that. Thanks for the recipe!
Can I put the leftovers of this soup in the freezer?
I put this in the crock pot and sauté the onions and garlic
Hmmm, going to make this soup tonight, but I’m confused about the amount of chicken broth – 4 cups + 1 carton? Or 4 c. total?
Hi Karen, If you buy stock or broth, it usually comes in a one-quart package. Or you can use your own from the freezer; the actual amount is not critical; use about 4 cups. If you use less, you might need to add some water. I don’t think I would try substituting bouillon for the whole amount, that will be too salty. But maybe 2 cups of chicken bouillon and 2 cups of water?
Perfect timing! Had two large bones in one very large ham. Made ham and split pea soup, shared the boneless part of the hame with family and still have so much left over.
I have been making this soup for years and my go to recipe. It’s amazing! To make it a low carb version, I eliminate potatoes and don’t miss them at all.
This is now my number 1 favorite soup and, surprise, I make it exactly like your recipe. Winner. My only question is, I love it so much and don’t always have a ham bone, is there anything that you can use to substitute for the ham bone? I made it today and left a lot of the meat on the bone and I am going to freeze the bone and get 2 recipes out of one bone. I am sure that there is a lot of flavor left. Plus, it will be economical.
A ham steak would be ok, but nothing like the bone! Also a smoked turkey leg might work.
If you don’t have a ham bone, buy a couple of ham hocks or some pork neck bones. It’s not quite the same as a ham bone but it’s a lot closer than a ham steak. If you use the neck bones, be careful to pick all the little bones out because they could break a tooth.
A smoked turkey leg (or wings) is an interesting idea.
How long would it be if it were in a slow cooker ??
This was really good! I don’t have hambones around too often, but today I did, as well as the other needed ingredients. I did the stovetop method. A keeper for sure!
What do you use if you don’t have a ham bone to give it that rich smoked ham flavor?
Making it now added thyme and oregano, and black pepper, with the price of food these days this kind of meal will last us awhile we are in our70s and every penny counts and homemade cooking is the way to go.back to basics kind of meals.thankyou
I made this soup on the stove top. Did not have ham bone but leftover ham. Used 4 cups water and 2chicken bouillon cubes. Added 1 can of rinsed cannellini beans just before I added the cabbage. Best soup I’ve had in a while- so flavorful!
Like others I added pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano, thyme & ham marinade. Added northern beans with cabbage. Used 1/2 cabbage. So amazing! Thank you
I make a similar recipe, I add peppercorns and whole cloves in the water when I cook it. No chicken broth. The ham bone has enough flavour. Great recipe
Fantastic and tasty!
In lieu of the chicken broth, I made ham broth with the bone and substituted great northern beans for the potatoes.
Thank you for this recipe!!
This soup was tasty. I made it exactly as listed. It was not substantial enough to hold us from lunch until dinner though.