Spiral Ham & Sweet Potato Soup

Lisa Dunlap


Since spiral hams are sweeter you can't use the bones for traditional soups. I wanted something that would compliment the sweet ham and came up with sweet potatoes. The sour cream gives it a nice counter balance of flavor.


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15 Min
1 Hr


  • 1 medium
    spiral ham bone with meat trimmings
  • 6 large
    sweet potatoes
  • 1 gal
  • half pt
    to one pint sour cream (no fat, low fat, or regular)
  • 1 c
    whole milk or 1/3 half & half

How to Make Spiral Ham & Sweet Potato Soup


  1. Generally spiral hams are sweet. This recipe uses the bone of one of these sweet hams since you can't make bean soup or crab soup from them or you get a not so funny, funny flavor.
    Cook the ham bone and trimmings in the gallon of water. (remove fatty parts before adding) It will condense down to 3/4 gallon of broth.

    While that is cooking on the stove top put 5 large sweet potatoes in the oven to bake. Be sure to put them on a pan to catch the mess and prick them with a knife or fork so they don't explode. Cook them at 375 for about an hour until done.
  2. Note you can just cook off the ham and put it in the fridge then after it chills skim off the grease that is on the top. If you removed most of the fat you may not even have to do this. If you're going to chill overnight then wait to cook the sweet potatoes.

    Pull the meat off the bones and break into little bits. Put the meat in the broth and start to heat it. Add some salt and pepper to the broth. Sweet hams are not as salty as traditionally cured hams.

    After the sweets are cooked then pull the skin off and slice them into quarter inch slices. This keeps your soup from having threads of fiber from the sweet potatoes in them. Add the potato to the hot broth and stir well.
  3. To the broth add 1 C Whole Milk or 1/3 C half and half. This makes it more bisque like.

    Finish the soup with some sour cream, regular, low fat, or fat free. You can add a half pint to pint depending on your preference. Try half of it and if you want it a little more tart then add the full pint. I didn't have half and half when I made it so I served it with a dollop of it on the top and it was delicious.

    The basic cost was that of the sweet potatoes and the sour cream. My pot of soup cost me $7 to make. Since it was leftover ham I didn't figure a cost in on that.

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Course/Dish: Chowders Other Soups
Other Tag: Healthy

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