Cathy's Ham Bone Soup

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By Cathy Hurkmans Tolman
from Escanaba, MI

I wasn't a big fan or regular boiled dinner, so after years of hubby missing one of his favorite meals, I decided to revise it & make my own version into more of a soup. I cut everything into about 1 inch pieces , just nice for a bite. the stewed tomatoes add a really nice flavor, now this is a favorite for the whole family, even the little kids love it. **** you can use chicken or vegetable soup base in place of the ham flavor if you dont have ham flavor. I always use the SOUP BASE & NOT bouillon, as the bouillon makes it too salty and the flavor is not as good.

serves the neighborhood
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 2 Hr
method Stove Top


  •   1 large
    ham bone with some meat on it
  •   2 can(s)
    rutabagas ( you can use fresh)
  •   2 c
    chopped celery
  •   1 large
    or 2 medium onions, chopped
  •   3 c
    carrots, chopped or baby carrots or 2 cans
  •   6 to 8 medium
    potatoes, cut up
  •   1 large
    cabbage head ( or 2 small) chopped about 2" pieces
  •   2 can(s)
    diced stewed tomatoes
  •   3 Tbsp
    ham soup base or other flavor*
  •   1 gal
    and more, water
  •   2 Tbsp
    parsley flakes

How To Make

  • 1
    simmer ham bone covered in water for a few hours or leave in slow cooker over night on low.
  • 2
    remove ham bone set aside to cool.
  • 3
    add several cups of water to soup pot and add other ingredients. I put the cabbage in 1st so it cooks down and makes room for other stuff. I always add stuff by what takes longest to cook. i.e. fresh rutabaga, raw potatoes , etc..before canned stuff
  • 4
    add seasonings such as salt & pepper , to your own taste, I always add a little at a time , wait a bit then taste to see if more is needed.
  • 5
    remove meat from ham bone & cut to your desired size then add just the meat back into the pot.
  • 6
    set to simmer. wait until all vegetables are fully cooked, I usually simmer on low a couple hours to get all the flavors mixed well.. and...ENJOY !! a big bowl of hearty, healthy, deliciousness.