Best Ham Bone Soup

Lillian Russo Recipe

By Lillian Russo Lilliancooks

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I love ham bone soups and I've tried many recipes til I found this one! Its the best one I ever had! I tweaked it to suit my taste. I like to serve this with cornbread (of course lol!) I'll post the recipe I use for that too! Its a good one also! I added my photo!


1-16 oz
package 16 bean mixture-soaked overnight
leftover ham bone - smoked *see note
2 1/2 c
leftover cubed ham from the ham bone
1 large
onion - chopped
3 stalks
celery - chopped
4 large
carrots - chopped
18 - 24 oz
can diced tomatoes with liquid
2 can(s)
vegetable broth
2 - 3 can(s)
low sodium chicken broth
2 Tbsp
worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp
dijon mustard
1 Tbsp
chili powder
bay leaves
1/2 tsp
black pepper
1 Tbsp
dried parsley
3 Tbsp
lemon juice
1 tsp
kosher salt - if needed
if you don't have a smoked ham, add 1 capful of liquid smoke, to the soup, during cooking.

Directions Step-By-Step

Place the soaked beans into a very large pot and fill with enough water to cover by about 1 inch. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low for 30 minutes. Drain.
Add the ham bone, ham, onion, celery, carrots, tomatoes and vegetable broth. Season with Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, chili powder, bay leaves, pepper, parsley and lemon juice. Pour in enough of the chicken broth to cover the ingredients.
Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 4 hours. Add more chicken broth as needed throughout the day. Remove the ham bone and season with salt if needed. Simmer for another 30 minutes. Remove bay leaves before serving. This is great served with cornbread!
This is the cornbread recipe I use to serve with this soup. A Simple Cornbread

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Soups

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Megan Miller megan613
Apr 18, 2015
Absolutely wonderful. The only difference I made was I didn't have the beans to soak overnight, so I used canned beans. Thank you so much for sharing. The whole family loved it.
Tess (TJM) Moore tmoo
Apr 25, 2014
hmm, for the broth..... what would you estimate is the amount in cups??? I use the granules mixed with water.... ????... 8-) Tess
Lillian Russo Lilliancooks
Jun 2, 2012
Hi Juliann!!! I've missed you!!! Hope your doing well!!! BTW...I'm making your Mexican Pasta again this Tues. I crave it!!! Thank you so much for stopping by!!! xoxox
Juliann Esquivel Juliann
May 31, 2012
Yummeee thats all I can say. Looks delish. I will certainly try this recipe. LOL
Lillian Russo Lilliancooks
May 31, 2012
Thank you so just made my day! =) =) =) =)