Easy delicious Ham, Cabbage and Potatoes, staple growing up in the 1960's 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 and I still love to make it.
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.
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.
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. We would always have a house full. She had a heart of gold.
We could hardly wait to eat this hardy soup. Of course we had to wait for dad to get home from work.
Dad would always stop by his friends bakery, Bonarrigo's 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 warm still 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.
A meal that can go a long way to feed many. Inexpensive and totally satisfying!
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 1960's.
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!
It really was a heavenly smell cooking. I know not everyone likes the smell it's very pungent. The cabbage always seems to over power the house. When I came home from school, I knew right away what was on the stove.
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!
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.
Ham Cabbage and Potatoes
Sunday, January 4, 2015
Posted by claudia lamascolo at 12:00:00 AM
Hi I'm Claudia, I blog about my family recipes some over 100 years old and Italian American foods. I am an author of a cookbook dedicated to my mom.