Jessica's StoryMy grandmother-Rita- makes this soup after the holidays when there is leftover ham and a leftover ham bone. It is so delicious. Making the roux with the bacon fat really gives the soup the best flavor imaginable. However, if desired, you can make the roux with oil instead of bacon fat. This soup is delicious leftover too.
I have also made this soup with 2 ham steaks (with the small round bones in them) when I was craving it but did not have a ham bone leftover.
ham bone, from left over ham
leftover ham chunks, in bite-sized pieces
dried great northern beans, rinsed and picked through
large head of cabbage, sliced
large yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
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1Place the bacon in a pan and cook over medium heat. Cook until crisp. Reserve bacon drippings.
2In a large pot, cover the ham bone completely with cold water. Add the beans and the 1-2 cups leftover ham. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer, covered, for 1 hour.
3Add the sliced cabbage and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
4Add the cubed potatoes. Simmer, covered, until cabbage and potatoes are tender, about 20 to 30 minutes.
5Remove the ham bone from the soup. Trim any remaining meat off the bone and dice it. Add the meat from the bone back to the soup. Discard the bone. Add the bacon to the soup.
6Next, prepare the roux. Heat the reserved bacon fat in a pan over low heat. Add flour (enough to make the mixture stiff) and stir until smooth and thoroughly mixed. Cook, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Cook until the roux is brown. Allow the roux to cool for a few minutes before adding it to the soup.
7Add a small quantity of the roux to the soup and mix thoroughly. Let the roux simmer for a time to thicken completely. Continue to add the roux into the simmering soup until desired consistency is reached.
8Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with warm, crusty bread.
About this Recipe
Rose Selvar potrose - May 1, 2012
Oh, This looks soooooo very good! I have made ham bone soup before and didn't care for it; but this recipe is very different from the one I used and I think this will taste much better. Next time I have a ham bone...this is the soup I will try. 5/01/12
Tami Conklin WhiteWolf68 - Nov 15, 2012
Perfect Time of Year for Soup - Great Recipe :D
Olga Strate opstrate - Jun 1, 2013
Adding some grated carrot I've made this many times but never with the bacon
which I know will make a wonderful difference. plan to make it soon