Ham Cabbage and Potatoes

Sunday, January 4, 2015
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 leftover ham from holiday with potatoes, carrots and made into a soup

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.

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

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.

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

Ham Cabbage and Potato Soup

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 pan of water (5 quarts) or use a 7 quart slow cooker on high for 6 to 8 hours
salt and pepper to taste
cayenne pepper to taste
1 optional: 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
4 cloves peeled whole garlic 

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

Place everything in the pan and fill the pan with water leaving around 3 inches from the top.
Slow cook on low heat for around 3 hours on top of stove or use slow cooker for 6 to 8 on high. Cook until the meat falls off the bone and the cabbage is fork tender.
Add salt,  pepper to taste again if needed.
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  1. Perfect use for my leftover ham bone!

  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!

  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 :)

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

  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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