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Ham Bone Soup

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Potato Ham Soup

Potato Ham Soup

One of my favorite things to make, especially in the cold winter months, is soup. It somehow warms you from head to toe and fills you up. You can make soup light and broth-like, thick and hearty, or somewhere in between.

I can remember my dad telling me about what it was like for him growing up. His family was not rich by any means, but they never went hungry. His mother, who I never really knew all that well, would always have a pot of soup going on the stove.

Normally, unless I’m making a specific recipe, I never really measure any ingredients. For this particular dish, I started out by covering a ham bone in water and boiling it gently on the stove in a Dutch oven pot. I would say I used approximately six cups of water.

Sometimes I like to use a soup mix that consists of the following ingredients: barley, green split peas, whole green and yellow peas, black beans, Romano beans, brown lentils, yellow split peas, and red lentils. Everything is all in one bag, and you simply rinse and use as little or as much as you like. The recommended amount to use is one cup of soup mix to six cups of water. Today I decided to use one and a half cups of the soup mix.

“There is nothing like soup. It is by nature eccentric: no two are ever alike unless of course, you get your soup in a can.”

— Laurie Colwin, 'Home Cooking' (1988)

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

2 hours 30 min

2 hours 50 min

5 people 1 to 2 bowls of soup each


  • 1 ham bone
  • 6 cups of water
  • 3 cups of ham cut into small pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups of Soup Mix
  • 1 medium cooking onion chopped
  • 3-4 ribs of celery chopped
  • 6-7 small potatoes washed and cut into small cubes
  • 3 cloves of garlic sliced thin and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of powdered chicken broth
  • 2-3 dashes of Cajun Pepper hot sauce
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of thyme
  • Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning White Pepper spice

Seasoning the Soup

  • Taste the soup as it is getting close to being done and adjust the spices according to what you like or prefer.
  • I made this pot of soup fairly thick. If you prefer you can add more water and chicken broth to the pot to thin it down a bit.

Dry Soup Mixes

  • If you're trying to save money and live a bit more frugally, homemade soup is not only a healthy choice but can be stretched and eaten for lunch or dinner.
  • This soup can be made in larger quantities and frozen.
  • For this bag of dry soup mix, I paid $1.49. From this bag, if I use it a cup at a time, I should be able to get 4 large pots of soup from it.
  • You can make it with water, spices, and salt, and it still tastes great or add additional vegetables and or pasta to it.


  1. Remove as much of the ham off the bone as possible, chop up the ham and set aside.
  2. Place the ham bone in a large pot and cover with six cups of cold water. Boil gently for half an hour.
  3. Take the ham bone out of the pot, let it cool, and then remove any meat off the bone that is left.
  4. Rinse the 1 1/2 cups of dry soup mix under cold water and add it to the pot. Cover and simmer for one hour.
  5. While this is cooking chop the onions, celery, and garlic. Wash and chop the potatoes.
  6. After an hour add chicken broth powder, hot sauce, fresh ground pepper, thyme, and Cajun pepper spice. Stir everything well. Add the chopped onions, celery, potatoes, and garlic, and let that cook until the potatoes are fork-tender. Add ham just to heat it up in the soup.
  7. Serve by itself, or with a loaf of Italian or French bread. Make a side salad to go along with the soup and voila it’s a meal.
  8. ENJOY!

Please rate and let me know what you think.

Split Pea Soup

Split pea soup is another family favorite that I make quite often using a ham bone. This soup can also be easily frozen into individual serving sizes in either a zip lock freezer bags or freezer containers.

Questions & Answers

Question: What if there isn’t much ham on the bone when making ham bone soup?

Answer: Get as much ham off as possible and substitute with more potatoes or beans.

Question: When do the 3 cups of ham go in when cooking ham bone soup?

Answer: Add the ham at the end to heat it up.

© 2013 Susan Zutautas

What kind of soup is your favorite?

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 04, 2015:

I do hope you enjoy the ham bone soup alekhouse. Stay warm, it's getting quite cold here too.

Nancy Hinchliff from Essex Junction, Vermont on January 03, 2015:

Susan, This sounds and looks delicious. The temperature is going down here tomorrow and this should be a great Winter meal. I'm going to make it today. Thanks.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 03, 2015:

So many soups you can make with a ham bone and extra meat Rachel. I love making homemade soups.

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on January 01, 2015:

I love making soup with the ham bone. I usually leave a little meat on it to put in the soup after it's cooked. Last week I made it with lentils. It's nice and thick and delicious.

Happy New Year Susan

poetryman6969 on December 01, 2013:

Sounds tasty, warm and filling.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 11, 2013:

Lesley, I hope you enjoy the soup. Tis that time of year :) Thanks so much!

Movie Master from United Kingdom on February 11, 2013:

Hi Susan, I am really getting into making homemade soup these days, looking forward to trying this recipe, it sounds delicious!

voted up.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 03, 2013:

kitkat, It sure does :)

kitkat1141 from Ontario, Canada on February 03, 2013:

I make a very similar soup to this during the winter months. Warms the soul!!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 03, 2013:

Bill, I've had enough of the cold weather and I'm looking forward to Spring as I do every year. I find soups are easy to make, and I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on February 02, 2013:

Susan. Boy does this look good. It's about 20 degrees outside and this would really hit the spot right now. I'm not much of a cook but this looks good enough for me to give it a shot. Thanks for sharing with us, very timely.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 24, 2013:

Stephanie, Thanks so much for the voting and sharing. It's still pretty cold outside today and I was thinking I should go and make a pot of soup :)

Stephanie Henkel from USA on January 23, 2013:

This cold winter weather makes me want to put on a pot of soup, and your potato ham soup looks like just the thing! With a loaf of homemade rye bread, it would be a great supper on a cold night! or lunch...or, my granddaughter might even eat it for breakfast! :) Voted up and shared!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 16, 2013:

Deborah, Homemade soups are always a welcomed meal at my house too. Thanks for stopping by and thank you for your comments as well.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 16, 2013:

Hi Linda, Turkey soup is another of my favorite soups to make. All the Slap Ya Mama products are delicious if you like spicy food that is. Thanks for stopping by, always nice to see you.

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on January 15, 2013:

I am a soup fanatic and make homemade soup at least once a week. This one looks delicious. I have some ham hocks coming tomorrow in my food co-op order and a dried bean mix that sounds a lot like the one you described. I'm thinking some ham soup will be on the menu this week!

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on January 14, 2013:

Hi Susan-how timely that I would read this nummy hot soup recipe. It's only about 5 degrees in Minnesota today and this sounds so perfect for dinner but I don't have a ham bone. Sis and I usually make soup after thanksgiving with the turkey carcass. I add fresh veggies and knorr swiss soup mix which has dried vegetables and powder. I had to laugh about the 'slap ya mama soup mix.' Too funny-

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 14, 2013:

Hi Rebecca, I love making soups from ham bones. It's cold today and I'm wishing I had a ham bone to make a pot of soup.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on January 14, 2013:

This soup looks good, nourishing and warming. No more tossing out the ham bone!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 12, 2013:

I'll have to look for them today when I go shopping. Thanks Cardisa.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 12, 2013:

WiccanSage, I don't mind at all and thank you so much.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 11, 2013:

Thanks so much Jack!

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on January 11, 2013:

Hi Susan, no they are quite unlike any of the slit peas. They are closer to the green peas but smaller and without the sweetness, and can be used dried like beans.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 11, 2013:

Saloca, Nice to meet you and thanks.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 11, 2013:

Deltachord, I remember my grandmother saving all the water from vegetables she cooked to make soups with. Thanks for sharing that.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 11, 2013:

Pam, Hope you like the recipe.

Ruby, I find the dry soup mix convenient even though you have to cook it for an hour.

TravelinJack, Please let me know if you do and thanks.

Eddy, Thanks and have a nice weekend.

Frank, Filling and tasty :)

SINewsome, Thanks.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 11, 2013:

GoodLady, Thanks so much.

Carol, Let me know if you try the recipe and I hope that you enjoy it.

Thanks Cardisa, Are pigeon pea's like split green and yellow peas?

alekhouse, Homemade soups are so much better and healthier too. Hope you enjoy the recipe.

point2make, Thanks and enjoy.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 11, 2013:

Dianna, There are so many great homemade soups that you can make with a ham bone. One of my other favorites to make is split pea soup.

Mike, You should be able to find the dry soup mix in the grocery store where they have all the dry beans, rice etc. Slap Ya Mama I have to get from the states as it is not available here in Ontario. Here's a link to see where you can purchase it in the states http://www.slapyamama.com/store-locator

Randi, Hope that you enjoy the recipe.

Mackenzie Sage Wright on January 11, 2013:

Hi! Hope you don't mind, but I thought your recipe looked great and I recommended it with a link to here on one of my hubs (Wiccan Wheel of the Year: Imbolc Recipes and Ideas for the Sabbat Feast). If you h ave any objections, please let me know, but it was just perfect for the occasion. Thanks!

Jack Baumann from St. Louis, Missouri on January 10, 2013:

Voted up and awesome!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 10, 2013:

KD, Thanks for the pin and votes.

loveofnight, I hope that you enjoy the recipe.

Sarah Campbell from Liverpool, UK on January 10, 2013:

Sounds delicious and perfect for these awfully cold nights!

Deltachord from United States on January 10, 2013:

For those that cook greens such as collards, mustard or turnip...saving any left over liquid and bits of greens is a good soup base. Plus, you get the nutrition left in the liquid.

Sophie Newsome from New York on January 10, 2013:

It's looks delicious!

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on January 10, 2013:

Yeah JustaskSusan I can do this and it looks filling :)

Eiddwen from Wales on January 10, 2013:

Oh yes Susan another for me try out;I have made this soup before but my recipe was a little different so it will be interesting how this one compares. I wish you a wonderful day.


Jack Baumann from St. Louis, Missouri on January 10, 2013:

Didn't sound appealing until you described it, just might have to try it! Thanks!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 09, 2013:

I love potato ham soup. I have never used a soup mix, sounds good. I will try it. Thank's..

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 09, 2013:

I make homemade soups, particularly in the winter. This looks good and I will probably be making this recipe. Thanks for sharing it!

point2make on January 09, 2013:

I remember this soup. My Mom use to make it for us a long time ago. Brings back great memories....thanks!. I think it's time I dusted off the old soup pot and give your recipe a try. voted up.

Nancy Hinchliff from Essex Junction, Vermont on January 09, 2013:

I copied your recipe immediately. It looks fabulous. I'm a huge soup lover and always make all my own soups. I voted above. Thanks so much, Susan, I can hardly wait to make this. I can't believe someone is still eating canned soup, after all the reasons not to.

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on January 09, 2013:

Looks good Susan. I used my ham bone to make a pigeon peas and ham soup on New Year's day but was too busy to take photos...lol..your soup looks yummy!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 09, 2013:

Bill, Thanks and glad I was able to have you recall a childhood food that you liked.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 09, 2013:

Thanks Express and nice to meet you.

RH, MM Corn Bread, I love that idea. Have yet to ever make any though.

Ruchira, Potato with the dry soup mix and perhaps a vegetable broth would taste great. Thanks and Happy New Year!

carol stanley from Arizona on January 09, 2013:

I have a pot of soup going almost non stop in the winter, Always looking for new ideas. This sounds delicious and will have to put it in the mental recipe file...And the real one too. Going to vote up and pin away.

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on January 09, 2013:

Love homemade soups too and this looks wonderful. Love smoked ham hocks! Sharing and voting! Thanks.

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on January 08, 2013:

This looks really good. I just bought some beans and barley. I think I will try this recipe this weekend! Thank you for sharing!

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on January 08, 2013:

This looks very good and the timing could not be better. Never heard of Soup Mix but I can find out on my own. • Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning White Pepper spice, is a great product name, have not heard of this either.

Dianna Mendez on January 08, 2013:

The best potato and bean soups start with a ham bone and I can only imagine how good this tastes! Love home made soup! Thanks for sharing.

Loveofnight Anderson from Baltimore, Maryland on January 08, 2013:

I will definitely be trying this recipe....thanks

Keely Deuschle from Florida on January 08, 2013:

I've never been much of a ham eater, but this sounds really delicious! Pinned and voted up!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 08, 2013:

Oh I love potato ham soup. I had completely forgotten about it until this hub. This is one of those things we had all the time when I was a kid. Well, I guess I need to surprise Bev and make this soon. Great recipe.

Ruchira from United States on January 08, 2013:

I would love to make my own soups but don't have the right knowledge to do so. I usually try to make tomato soups and that's about it.

Will try the potato soup minus the ham.

interesting recipe, Susan.

HPN 2013 :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 08, 2013:

vespawoolf, Seems like at this time of year I'm always making soups. Thanks and I hope you enjoy the recipe.

Bill, A smoked ham hock would be great!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on January 08, 2013:

Just checking my email and saw the title - I was hooked! I love soup in winter and this looks and sounds so good!

I want to run out and buy the ham right now - it's all I'd need! Add some corn bread...umm um um!

H C Palting from East Coast on January 08, 2013:

This is a good recipe and useful, easy to follow instructions. The photo makes me want it ASAP. Thanks for sharing.

Bill Yovino on January 08, 2013:

Sounds great. I think I might try it with a smoked ham hock.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on January 08, 2013:

We also love homemade soups and I'm excited to try yours. I'm going to make my own soup mix with the different beans, lentils, garbanzos, barley we have available here. Then I can throw together a batch of this soup whenever I need something quick, hearty and nutritious (and economical). Thank you! I've given this Hub 5 stars, voted it up and shared.

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