Best Ham Bone Soup

Lillian Russo


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!


★★★★★ 3 votes

15 Min
5 Hr


  • 1-16 oz
    package 16 bean mixture-soaked overnight
  • 1
    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
  • 3
    bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried parsley
  • 3 Tbsp
    lemon juice
  • 1 tsp
    kosher salt - if needed
  • *note
    if you don't have a smoked ham, add 1 capful of liquid smoke, to the soup, during cooking.

How to Make Best Ham Bone Soup


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. This is the cornbread recipe I use to serve with this soup. A Simple Cornbread

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Course/Dish: Other Soups

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