Ham, Cabbage and White Bean Soup

Sunday, March 13, 2016
If you want a delicious ham with white beans and cabbage soup this will hit both the spot and the jackpot of all soups!

This ham cabbage and white bean soup can feed a large family on a budget easily.

I always use that leftover Holiday ham for this meal.

It's perfect to just keep the bone with some meat on it, throw it in the freezer for another use like this delicious homemade soup.

It sure is a family favorite here.

The soup makes a large amount and freezes well too!

It's fabulous in flavor!

Don't miss out on trying this old classic!

Cabbage is so Versatile!

When it comes to cabbage, I never can eat enough of it.

We love it stuffed, with potatoes and ham. in soups, and even raw for my mandarin orange coleslaw.

It's one of those vegetables that's so versatile, you can make something different with it every time you buy some.

Thi Ham, Cabbage and White Beans soup is at the top of the list of our most loved cabbage recipes.

this is a bowl of ham, cabbage and white bean soup in a white ramekin dish and silver spoon

The Perfect Comfort Food

It really is the perfect meal on a rainy day. Here in Florida, we don't get much cooler weather, but when we do this tops the lists of must makes.

I love the fresh plum tomatoes, carrots, celery, white navy beans, and cabbage, it's the perfect combination of flavors.

You can use chicken, bacon or any smoked pork to make a great broth.

this a bowl of cabbage soup with ham and white beans

Low In Calories

Most soups are low in calories, eat fewer beans to cut the carbs if watching.

The soup is hearty and filling.

A big spoon with beans and ham in the photo

Easy to Make

 A great way to use up that old ham bone from a holiday is to repurpose it and make this soup.

Just stick that ham bone in the freezer to make soup later, we do it all the time.

This soup is very economical to make!

This works great also with any pork roast bone leftover too.

I  add all the suggestions to the printable recipe card below.

This is a ham cabbage and white bean comfort soup. It has tomatoes, carrots and ham and vegetables all on top of stove in one pot

Slow Cookers

This delicious soup cooks great all day in a slow cooker, don't be afraid to throw everything in the pot and leave!

Try using the slow cooker when you're in a huge rush and come home to the homemade delicious soup!

Not Watching Carbs?

It sure is a tasty bowl of comfort soup especially when you add some crusty Italian bread or even some homemade cornbread will do just fine.

If you're a cabbage and ham lover, this is the perfect bowl of yum for you! You can also add carrots and potatoes or if you're not a potato lover leave them out!

If you're looking for a hearty soup, you hit the jackpot with this one.

This is ham cabbage and white bean comfort soup. It has tomatoes, carrots and ham and vegetables all on top of stove in one pot

Substitute whatever your family loves!

Everything can go in soup!

When mom would make this ham, cabbage, and white bean soup, I always knew what she was made by its strong smell and I loved it.

I love cabbage, some folks are not too fond of it but it's so healthy for you.

This is a white bowl with carrots, ham, cabbage and white beans in a soup

Cabbage to Use

I have substituted other greens in this soup like escarole instead of cabbage which is a much milder green, still, the taste will be fabulous.

Mom called this made with savoy curly cabbage. beans, ham, minestra.

This is ham cabbage and white bean comfort soup. It has tomatoes, carrots and ham and vegetables all on top of stove in one pot

Ingredients You Will Need to Make Ham, Cabbage and White Bean Soup

  • Leftover Ham with bone or use any of these Chicken breast, leftover pork roast bone (shoulder or butt) bacon, and smoked pork chops work
  • carrots
  • potatoes
  • small navy beans or any white beans
  • plum tomatoes
  • celery with leaves minced
  • minced garlic
  • granulated garlic
  • regular or savoy curly cabbage, cut into quarters
  • chicken broth
  • white wine
  • water
  • oregano, basil, garlic powder, thyme, parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • cayenne pepper (optional)

this is a soup pot full of cabbage, ham, potatoes and carrots

Tips and Suggestions

This is a basic recipe for ham and cabbage soup.

Sometimes I just add potatoes and whole plum tomatoes.

Almost any leftover meats to flavor the soup work great, even bacon.

Anything goes in soup, but a ham bone or even a pork shoulder roast bone will go great in this to make a tasty soup.

If you're not a fan of beans, don't add them, the soup is delicious and hearty no matter what you add besides cabbage and ham for flavoring.

Try More Of Our Favorite Comfort Foods

Best Split Pea Soup
Perfect Chicken Broth
Old Fashioned Chicken Soup
Chickpea Florentine Soup
Roasted Garlic and Potato Soup
Broccoli Cheese Soup

This is a white bowl with carrots, ham, cabbage and white beans in a soup

Health Benefits

Cabbage is such a healthy vegetable, it's surely packed with vitamins!

Even though it looks a lot like lettuce, it actually belongs to the Brassica genus of vegetables, which includes broccoli, cauliflower, and kale.

So many varieties are available along with shapes and colors, including red, purple, white and green, and its leaves can be either crinkled or smooth.

Additionally, just 1 cup of cabbage has some Protein, Fiber, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Folate, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, and Magnesium so it's the perfect addition to anyone whose diet conscious.

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Best Soup Anytime!

Since this makes a large pot, I freeze it into individual plastic containers and have it all year long.

I really look forward to Easter when we make our holiday ham dinner.

The bone is always the tastiest part of the ham to make this soup, I just throw it in a plastic bag after any holiday dinner and use it for another meal.

Ham, cabbage and white beans make it a thick broth while cooking, it is an amazing pot of hearty deliciousness!

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

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Ham, Cabbage and White Bean Soup

prep time: 15 Mcook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 H & 15 M
This is a tasty cabbage soup made with carrots and either a ham bone or any pork roast leftover bone. The cabbage is tender cooked and seasoned perfectly for the perfect comfort soup to warm you up on a cooler day.


  • Leftover Ham with bone attached(if it has honey or glaze on it rinse it off with cold water) pull chunks off and add to the pot along with the bone. You can also just buy pre-packaged ham cubes to add. Chicken breast, leftover pork roast bone (shoulder or butt) bacon, and smoked pork chops work great also!
  • 6 carrots cleaned and sliced or a few cups of fingerling carrots
  • 6 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups small navy beans freshly cooked or canned other white beans (if canned rinse well)
  • 5 or 6 cut-up plum tomatoes fresh or canned
  • 2 stalks of celery with leaves minced
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 head regular or savoy curly cabbage, cut into quarters
  • 1- 16 oz can chicken broth or homemade that's what I use
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • water
  • 1/2 teaspoon each oregano, basil, garlic powder, thyme, parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • cayenne pepper (optional) just a pinch
  • instructions:


How to cook Ham, Cabbage and White Bean Soup

  1. In a large pot, fill water half full, add broth, wine, all the vegetables, ham bone and herbs.
  2. Sprinkle to taste with salt and pepper.
  3.  Cook until all vegetables are tender. Add beans, cook 1/2 hour more. If in need add more water or chicken broth. 
  4. Remove ham off the bone and add back to the pot.
  5. Serve with crusty Italian bread broken up in the bowl... or just dunk it!
  6. If using Slow cooker place on low 6 to 8 hours or high 4 to 6 hours.
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This is ham cabbage and white bean comfort soup. It has tomatoes, carrots and ham and vegetables all on top of stove in one pot

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  1. Love, Love, LOVE bean soup - this looks amazing! BRAVO!

  2. What a delicious soup :) I love them in this season,. Bye, have a great week

  3. I love the! My dad used to make it all of the time, but he did not add the beans. We called it a "boiled dinner".

  4. I remember doing research on a soup with cabbage and Greg's comment sounds familiar being an Eastern states related recipe... I do like a hearty soup loaded with beans, meat broth and veggies - this is a great and easy recipe Claudia... have a great week...

  5. Ah! A soup to warm body and soul. It looks wholesome and delicious and I'd love to have a bowl. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  6. White beans are something I always eat with cornbread, but this soup does look like a delicious change of pace. Love the big chunks of ham and veggies in there. Well done Claudia! XOXOX

  7. That looks so warming and delicious! Just took off a pot of split pea soup, but want to try this one soon. You don't happen to have a recipe for shin beef soup, do you? My mom's was amazing and, sadly, I never got the recipe. I've played around but never gotten it just right.

  8. It's dreary. And raining. And gray. I have all the ingredients - except ham - but turkey kielbasa might work. And I am going to bring this honey together.

  9. This soup looks wonderful and so do the ones in linkedin photos below it. ;)

  10. This looks lovely! Cabbage is so overlooked in other soups, and the white beans are gorgeous :)

  11. What a comforting bowl of soup! I love your pictures - really gorgeous!

  12. I think I'm making this with my ham bone that I have. It looks awesome!

  13. It's like a big, happy hug in a bowl :) Looks delicious and warm and perfect!


  14. I love this soup, my mom used to make this all the time after Christmas dinner (because we always had ham for Christmas). Yours looks great!

  15. This looks delicious, Claudia! There is just something so comforting about bean soup. This will go on my must try list to use with leftover Christmas ham! Yum and buzzed!

  16. Dear Claudia, A beautiful and comforting soup. Blessings, Catherine xo

  17. I love white beans. I was surprised to see all the potatoes in there. Very tasty!

  18. For sure, I would love to make this version of the bean soup in the crock pot, with the ham! Love, love, cabbage in the soup. The ingredients sound amazing!

  19. I just threw this soup together in my Crockpot using part of a big, thick-cut ham steak and cannot wait to get home this evening to eat it! The soup looks wonderful (just like the pictures) and is going to taste even better! Thanks for sharing...

  20. Sounds like a hearty way to use leftover ham.

  21. This soup looks delicious!! I would love to try it!

  22. This is one I think my mother in law would love. I am going to pass this one on for sure.

  23. This soup looks and sounds so hearty and comforting! Simply delicious! I love the combination of ham and cabbage - so delicious.

  24. Such a wholesome and delicious soup! I have cabbage and beans in my pantry and I'm going to try it out right away!

  25. One of my dad's favorite but we haven't had it with cabbage. Sounds great and we'll be making it very soon!

  26. I love a good soup -- even though it's still 85° here in Florida! Great recipe, Claudia!

  27. This is the ultimate comfort food for me. I usually don't put cabbage in mine, but now that I see your soup I need to start adding it again.

  28. Yum! This sounds perfect with the chilly weather we have here. Can't wait to try it!

  29. I love ham and bean soup. This recipe has all the deliciousness that I would expect from a soup like this. Thank you for sharing.

  30. Can you please clarify the amount of white wine used in your Ham & Cabbage & White Bean Soup? Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

    1. thank you so much for catching that. It's a 1/2 cup of wine. Glad you like the recipe and your welcome, thanks again!

  31. Awesome recipe! Wonderful use of leftover ham and ham bone!

  32. I love soup made with leftover ham and ham bone! This looks amazing!

  33. I'm just drooling! I love everything about this delicious recipe!

  34. This is comfort food at its best. Definitely on my to do list, Claudia. I hope you had a wonderful birthday! Xo xo!

  35. I am always looking for ways to use leftover ham!!


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