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Leftover Ham bone soup recipe

Updated on October 21, 2013


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3.5 stars from 54 ratings of HAM BONE SOUP

Don't throw out that holiday ham bone

This recipe is delicious, inexpensive, and so easy. Your family will LOVE this soup. Give it a try, I am sure after you do, this recipe will join your family forever. If you love comforting soups like this you should also try a Fabulous Potato Soup.

The first time I made this soup, my husband had 3 helpings and kept asking when I would make it again. My mother-in-law called me the next day for the recipe, she said she had a Lia Sophia party coming up in February and wanted to serve it then. And the best part, my kids loved it!

I used a ham bone left over from Christmas from Honey Baked Ham, you can also use this for a great Easter meal or any other holiday, as for the rest of the ingredients, I had them on hand. Most of these items you'll probably already have in your pantry.

This recipe is also great with any Ham, chopped, sandwich slices. Use up your leftovers! Especially that expensive left over ham bone!

Cook Time

Prep time: 8 hours
Ready in: 8 hours
Yields: 6-8


  • 1 Ham bone, with some meat
  • 1 can tomatoes, undrained peeled and chopped
  • 1 can kidney beans, undrained
  • 4 potatos, peeled and chopped into small chunks
  • 2-3 Celery stalks, sliced (this item is optional)
  • 1-2 Carrots, sliced into coins (this item is optional)
  • 1 dash Garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup if that, top off crock pot

Bust out that crock pot...or buy one if you need one...

  1. Just throw everything in your handy dandy trusted crock pot. Once all items are in the pot, top off with water (this may or may not be an entire 1/2 cup), stir and cook on low for 8 hours or so. DO NOT add salt or pepper. The ham will salt the soup, add salt or pepper to taste to individual servings.
  2. Serve with crusty french bread, crackers, salad, or all three! This is optional of course and not needed because this soup eats like a meal.
  3. Invite some friends and family over and ENJOY!

Stew or soup?

Sometimes I like the soup a little more..."soupy" so I add more water. Usually this soup cooks thick, so if you want it more like a broth based soup, don't be afraid to add more water.


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      Rebecca 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks Peggy! For some reason this is my top hub. I'm glad it's doing well, but can't figure out why my other ones are pooey. lol. Hope you enjoy the recipe, we love it.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I always use ham bones and use them to flavor split pea or lentil or other soups. Your recipe sounds good. I can't believe that people actually discard the ham bones! What a waste since they offer so much flavor to soups. I simply freeze mine if I am not ready to use it immediately. Works well. Voted up!

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      Rebecca 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you! I think you'll love it. Try it once, you'll be hooked.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is really too good. I always make it a point not to waste anything, while I am cooking.... This Ham soup recipe is a clear example of that, and I am sure it will come out delicious too.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Rebecca 5 years ago from USA

      Welcome! That's how it started for me too. I was not going to throw out a Honey Baked Ham bone. Those are so expensive! Let me know if you like the recipe. :)

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      Karen Shiley 5 years ago from Washington

      This sounds like my kind of cooking. I have thrown away many ham bones with a little meat left on them over the years because I just didn't know what to do with them, but it always felt like such a waste. I will definitely give this recipe a try. Thank you for posting it.