Ham Bone Soup (Slow Cooker)


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Ham Bone Soup is the perfect way to use up your leftover baked ham. This easy recipe takes just a few minutes to put into the slow cooker and the results are amazing!

A meaty ham bone is slow cooked with veggies like potatoes, carrots, corn, and beans. Serve it with some easy dinner rolls for the perfect post-Christmas meal!

A delicious bowl of Slow Cooker Ham Bone Soup with Vegetables

Comforting Soup Recipes

We love soups around the holidays. They are not only easy, but so comforting as the weather is less than favorable. I love making easy slow cooker soups like chicken noodle soup and Homemade French Onion Soup!

This ham bone vegetable soup recipe couldn’t be easier. You probably have all of the ingredients on hand, which makes the recipe a breeze!

Add the ingredients to your Crock Pot and let it work its magic (although you can of course cook it on the stove top if you’d prefer). You’re left with a freezable ham soup that the entire family will absolutely love!

A crock pot full of ham bone soup ready to serve

This ham bone soup recipe uses water because everything else in the recipe provides so much flavor already. If you want to boost it even more (or have any leftover from your turkey gravy), use some homemade turkey stock to bring it up a notch. I also love adding any veggies I have leftover from my turkey dinner!

Keep in mind ham already has quite a bit of salt so if you’re adding broth, I’d suggest a low sodium or no sodium version.

What To Do With Ham Bone

Because the ham bone has already been cooked, it will have a ton of flavor. It should be used rather than put to waste.

If you have a ham bone to use, making a ham and bean soup or split pea soup are the best ways to put it to good use! With a ham bone, you can easily put it in the freezer after your holiday meal and then just put it directly in the Crock Pot from frozen to make this ham bone soup.

Ingredients for the best Slow Cooker Ham Bone Soup recipe in a Crock Pot

How To Make Ham Bone Soup

This is the best ham bone soup and since it is made in a slow cooker, all you really need to do is a tiny bit of prep. 

  • Dice, chop, and slice your veggies
  • Add all ingredients to the slow cooker and cook until tender
  • Remove meat from the bone and add back into your soup

See, it is one of the simplest soups you will ever make. Enjoy!

A ladle of vegetable soup made from the best ham bone soup recipe

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Review Recipe

Ham Bone Soup

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
A ham bone is slow cooked with veggies like potatoes, carrots, corn, and beans. Serve it with some easy dinner rolls for the perfect meal!

Ingredients

  • 1 meaty ham bone
  • 1 lb Yukon gold potatoes diced
  • 3 carrots sliced
  • 2 stalks celery sliced
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 15 oz cannellini beans drained and rinsed (white kidney beans)
  • 7 cups chicken broth or water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley

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Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker.

  2. Cover soup and cook on high 6 hours or low 9-10 hours.

  3. Remove ham bone, bay leaves and thyme stems (if using fresh thyme).

  4. Chop meat from the bone and add back into the soup. Stir and serve.

Recipe Notes

Note: I usually make this with water but it can be made with broth or a combination. The size of your ham bone or the amount of meat on the bone can add more or less flavor. 
Nutrition Information
Calories: 189, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 574mg, Potassium: 512mg, Carbohydrates: 22g, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 3g, Protein: 13g, Vitamin A: 4070%, Vitamin C: 13.3%, Calcium: 75%, Iron: 3.6%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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  1. I made this New Years Day with ham bone from ham at Christmas.
    This soup was very delicious and refreshing after all the rich foods at the holidays.
    Makes a lot of soup! This recipe is a keeper!

  2. This soup was very bland. Since it was my first time making a ham soup I followed the recipe exactly. It was easy to make and had all my favorite ingredients, and my ham bone was very flavorful so there was lots of ham flavor, but it was not delicious. It was just OK. If I try it again I would kick it up a notch by adding some salt, pepper, garlic salt and Worcestershire sauce.

  3. I don’t know what happened but I followed this receipt to a T. The soup came out with very little taste. Very bland to say the least. Think it needs a broth with more seasoning.

  4. This is a really good soup. I personally found 7 hours to be too long. I prepared it as the recipe reads, adding some chopped kale and a few sage leaves, used half chicken broth/half water, and reserved the beans until about half way through the cooking time – I find beans get really mushy when cooked that long. When I make this again, I will wait even longer to add the beans (or use great northern instead) as after 3 hours, they were almost totally broken down.
    This easily makes enough soup for 6-8 people with hearty appetites, or accompanying grilled cheese soup (which is what we did tonight).

  5. I loved the fact of just throwing everything in the slow cooker. I used this recipe as a base. Used beef broth instead of water. Used one can of baked beans in tomato sauce as thats what o had on hand. Added barley , small pasta noodles hot pepper sauce . Nice consistency..