Ham and Cabbage Soup

Mary Hunter


This recipe is comfort food. The combination and flavor of all the ingredients are so good that you can't just have one bowl. I guarantee that because I've never been able to just have one.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This soup pairs the flavors of ham and cabbage so nicely. The broth is made with the ham bone which makes it very savory. After simmering, the ham falls off the bone. It simmers with cabbage, potatoes, and other vegetables to create a comforting and savory soup. Hearty, it will stick to your ribs. Serve with rustic bread (like rye) for dipping. Yum!

Note: For testing, we cut the recipe in half. The original amounts are enough to feed a large family. Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


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12 to 14
1 Hr 45 Min
2 Hr 10 Min
Stove Top


  • 2
    ham hocks, about 3 pounds each
  • 10-12
    carrots, sliced
  • 1
    extra large cabbage, diced in chunks
  • 2 large
    onions, sliced
  • 10 large
    potatoes, diced
  • 3
    celery stalks, diced or chop up celery leaves from one bunch of celery
  • 2 large
    bay leaves
  • 1 1/2
    boxes of College Inn chicken stock
  • ·
    pepper, to taste
  • ·
    salt, to taste (might not be needed depends on saltiness of ham)

How to Make Ham and Cabbage Soup


  1. Cover ham hocks with water and cook until falling apart. Should take about one hour on medium heat on the stovetop.
  2. While this is cooking, prepare all the vegetables.
  3. Remove ham from the broth. Discard the bones and fatty pieces. Cut ham into large chunks.
  4. Skim off as much of the grease as possible from the broth. Or if you like, cool the broth. Place in the refrigerator for about an hour. The grease will float to the top for easy removal then place back on the stove. (Though this will take more time than I have allotted for preparation.)
  5. Add the potatoes, carrots, celery and bay leaves on medium or just below medium heat on the stovetop. Cook for about 20 minutes.
  6. Add the cabbage, onions, and chicken stock. Cook an additional 40 minutes on the same heat or until all is tender.
  7. Then add the ham and cook an additional 10 minutes. Serve with pumpernickel or dark rye bread. Enjoy.

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About Ham and Cabbage Soup

Course/Dish: Other Soups
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: American
Collections: Soup's On! Christmas 2.0

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