Ham and Cabbage Soup Recipe

A Super Flavorful Soup Recipe All Because of A Meaty Ham Bone

Ham and cabbage soup recipe is a very affordable, flavorful and healthy dinner.  It is packed with a lot of vegetables.  You may eat a lot. But it is still guilt-free.

Ham Bone Cabbage Soup

Total Time:
1 Hour 8 Minutes - 1 Hours 10 Minutes
Prep Time
: 8-10 Minutes  

Active Cook Time: 1 Hour  
Serving: 4-6

You see plenty of meat there.  But the tendons made it difficult to pull it out.  Should you keep it or throw it away?  Does it sound familiar to you?  You most likely know me by now that throwing food away is the last thing I want to do. 

So, I decided to take the advantage of the meaty ham bone to make something new.  If you are interested, I also use meaty ham bone to make split pea soup.  Feel free to check that out, too.


I cook this ham and cabbage soup recipe on the stove top for experiment.  Feel free to make it in a slow cooker.  Just beware that everything will take longer to cook if you decide to use a crock pot.  If you choose to do so, add boiling water into the crock pot to begin with.  Let the meat bone cook in high heat for 3 hours before adding the vegetables into the broth.  It will take another 60-90 minutes to cook through everything to desired doneness.

Meaty ham bone may not be available all the time.  You can use smoke pork hocks instead. 

It may be a meaty bone.  There will be times that you come across one that no matter how long you cook it, the meat is still intact and hard to pull it off.  If that's the case, you get the flavor out of it for this ham and cabbage soup recipe and discard the bone after its last mission.

Ham and Cabbage Soup Recipe and Directions

A meaty ham bone (about 2lbs or so)
1 small Cabbage (about 1lb)
1 lb Carrots (pre-sliced or baby carrots)
2-3 Stalks Celery (diced)
2 Dry Bay Leaves
8 cups Water
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Put ham bone and 8 cups of water into a big soup pot.
  2. Cover and bring it to a boil. Then, turn it down to simmer for 45 minutes.
  3. Add bay leaves, cabbage and carrots to cook for another 15 minutes
  4. Add celery for some crunch, salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy immediately!

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Ham and Cabbage Soup Recipe Steps with Photos

A meaty ham boneA meaty ham bone (approximately 2 pounds)
Ham bone with water in a soup potCook ham bone with 8 cups of water in a soup pot
Cabbage cut into quartersCut a cabbage into quarters
Bite size cabbageCut and discard cores. Cut cabbage into bite size pieces
Cabbage and carrots in soupStir in cabbages and carrots into ham broth
Diced celeryDice celery
Celery in soupAdd celery into soup for crunch
Everything is cooked in soupSalt and pepper to taste
Soup is ready to enjoyENJOY!

Serve This With: 

  • Crusty Bread

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