Ham Cabbage and Potatoes

Sunday, January 4, 2015
Easy delicious Ham, Cabbage and Potatoes, staple growing up in the 1960s in our home. This dish will feed a large family inexpensively. Ham really enhances the flavors in the broth with the potatoes and carrots a very hearty meal. We had this often after big holidays like Easter or New Years. I still love to make it all year long, it's great any time of the year and always totally satisfying. The longer you cook the soup, the better it tastes and that makes it full proof. One of the easiest recipes you will ever try and so full of flavor! Scroll down and print out the recipe.


this is how to make a soup made with ham, cabbage and potatoes with carrots in a rich broth all from scratch. This is ladled into a white ceramic soup bowl






this is a comfort soup made from scratch with ham, potatoes, cabbage and carrots all in a rich broth. This is in a white ceramic soup bowl with a spoon on a fall leaf placemat




Easy and Economical Meals



This is the easiest recipe to throw together.


Whether you do this on top of the stove in a large pot or in a slow cooker, it's a meal all in one pan.


A meal that can go a long way to feed many.


Inexpensive and totally satisfying!





Growing Up



When we were kids and growing up, our family didn't have a lot of money.


Mom knew how to make a dollar stretch back in the 1960s.


We would have ham leftover from Easter or another Holiday (as it was always special to have ham) and soon enough, ham, cabbage, and potatoes would be our next dinner.


I couldn't wait! I would rather, have the ham, cabbage and potatoes over the ham dinner!


I am pretty sure this was one of the first meals I ever learned to cook!



this is how to make ham and potato cabbage soup with leftover spiral ham from Easter dinner



Cabbage is very distinctive in smell



It really has a strong smell when cooking. I know not everyone likes the smell it's very pungent.


The cabbage always seems to overpower the house. When I came home from school, I knew right away what was on the stove.


I absolutely loved how warm and comforting I felt smelling this simmering on the stove top.


Funny how those memories creep up over time.


It just happens and this dish became one of my all-time favorite meals.


As I got older I never even noticed the smell I just couldn't wait till it was cooked to eat it!



this is  how to make homemade soup with ham cabbage potatoes and carrots.



We all love this meal



Now I make it often even without leftover ham. We are lucky enough to afford it more than once a year.


It really warms me up on those cold days. I really could eat this every day.


One other thing about this awesome soup! It freezes well and you can make a lot of this and have it ready anytime.



this is a comfort soup made from scratch with ham, potatoes, cabbage and carrots all in a rich broth. This is in a white ceramic soup bowl with a spoon on a fall leaf placemat



Tender cabbage and ham



The cabbage just melts in your mouth tender.


The ham if any was left on the bone just falls off.


Everything is just tender and bursting with flavors.


If you like carrots, add them it does add a bit of natural sweetness, which I prefer.


The ham makes the best tasting broth without using many other ingredients.



this is how to make a soup made with ham, cabbage and potatoes with carrots in a rich broth all from scratch. This is ladled into a white ceramic soup bowl




Winter in New York



The winters were so cold in Upstate Utica, New York and we walked for miles back and forth to school every day, no buses.


When mom made this, on a cold blustery winter day, the kids around the block that walked me home from school could smell it when we got near the house.


The ham and cabbage aroma just made your mouth water.


The always asked to stay for dinner and of course, mom would feed the whole block being Italian, that's the way it always was.



this is a comfort soup made from scratch with ham, potatoes, cabbage and carrots all in a rich broth. This is in a white ceramic soup bowl with a spoon on a fall leaf placemat



A Comfort Soup



We would always have a house full. She had a heart of gold.


She would feed all the kids on the block or anyone who walked in.


We could hardly wait to eat this hearty soup. Of course, we had to wait for dad to get home from work from the phone company, where he spent many years at.



this is a soup pot boiling with cabbage, potatoes, ham and carrots made into a rich broth.





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this is leftover ham from holiday with potatoes, carrots and made into a soup



Great Memories



Dad would always stop by his friend's bakery, a bread Bakery in East Utica, New York on the way home from work.


That's when we would slather the butter on this hot freshly baked bread, just slightly still warm, by the time he got home.


This meal gives me great pleasure to share the memories and the recipe. It is the best comfort food I grew up on.


That bread was so good dunking in the juice of this soup.



this is leftover ham from holiday with potatoes, carrots and made into a soup




Some of my other favorite soups:




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




Cooking this Ham and Cabbage



Dad loved to use a pressure cooker, mom always cooked it on top of the stove.


Now with my busy schedule, I always use my slow cooker.


It's great to come home to a great meal like this after a long hard day.


Hope you enjoy this ham and cabbage as much as we do.



this is a soup pot boiling with cabbage, potatoes, ham and carrots made into a rich broth.



Tips For Best Results




  • Use diced fresh plum tomatoes

  • Try and use fresh herbs when possible like basil, parsley

  • Chop the cabbage into smaller pieces, it's easier to eat

  • The best ham bone flavor is made with the butt half which is the upper part of the ham. That part of the meat tends to be very tender and flavorful—but it often contains part of the hip bone.




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Italian, American
Yield: 12

Ham Cabbage and Potatoes

prep time: 15 minscook time: 6 hourtotal time: 6 hours and 15 mins
This is a hearty pan of ham, cabbage, and potatoes. You can also add carrots, onions, celery and just about anything else you like. We made a whole meal out of this back in the 1960s and love dunking a hard crusted Italian bread in the broth. It's a fantastic soup or stew consistency depending on how long you cook it..

ingredients:

  • 1 leftover ham bone with meat still on it (or keep some leftover meat for the soup from your Holiday ham leftovers)
  • Note: you can store the leftover bone and meat in the freezer until your ready to make the soup.
  • 4 or 5 peeled and largely cubed potatoes
  • 1 large head of curly cabbage cut in halves and cored
  • 1 large soup pot pan of water (5 quarts) or use a 7-quart slow cooker on high for 6 to 8 hours
  • 4 cloves peeled whole garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cayenne pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley and a few basil leave
  • optional: 4 fresh diced plum tomatoes or use 28 - ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • Optional: you can add celery, carrots, and onions if you like I don't add onions,  just celery, and carrots around 1 cup of each or more. 
  • Note::  Onions tend to get more powerful if there are any leftovers and to me ruins the soup.

instructions:

  1. Place everything in the pan except the herbs, ( add them at the end of cooking) and then fill the pan with water leaving around 3 inches from the top.
  2. Slow simmer this pot of soup with all ingredients and cook on low heat for around 2 hours on top of the stove or use a slow cooker for 6 to 8 on high. 
  3. Cook until the meat falls off the bone and the cabbage is fork tender. Stir in the fresh herbs and serve with Italian hard crusty bread.
Calories
222
Fat (grams)
6
Sat. Fat (grams)
4
Carbs (grams)
3
Fiber (grams)
12
Net carbs
5
Sugar (grams)
6
Protein (grams)
11
Sodium (milligrams)
12
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this is how to make a soup made with ham, cabbage and potatoes with carrots in a rich broth all from scratch. This is ladled into a white ceramic soup bowl

6 comments

  1. Perfect use for my leftover ham bone!

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  2. This looks so warm and comforting, and super delicious too! :) Food associated with childhood memories is just the best isn't it? Makes it more special!

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  3. This soup looks so hearty and comforting! If only the weather here right now would have been a little colder I would definitely be making this for dinner today. Saving for a little colder days :)

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  4. This recipe is just in time! I have a leftover Easter ham bone in my fridge waiting to be used!

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  5. This soup looks perfect! I love all the ingredients and they go perfectly together. It's almost like having a boiled dinner soup! Delicious!!

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