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!

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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 stovetop if you’d prefer). You’re left with a freezable ham soup that the entire family will absolutely love!

ham bone soup in slow cooker

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.

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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!

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Ham Bone Soup

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
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!


  • 1 meaty ham bone
  • 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes diced
  • 3 carrots sliced
  • 2 stalks celery sliced
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 15 ounces 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
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley

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  • Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker.
  • Cover soup and cook on high 6 hours or low 9-10 hours.
  • Remove ham bone, bay leaves and thyme stems (if using fresh thyme).
  • 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, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 574mg, Potassium: 512mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 4070IU, Vitamin C: 13.3mg, Calcium: 75mg, Iron: 3.6mg

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

Keyword ham bone soup
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American

Note: I usually make this with water but it can be

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  1. Delicious!!! I made it just as the recipe called for. Didn’t have yukon gold potatoes so I used russet – still delicious. I also used 5 C. Chicken stock and 2 C. Water. Had cornbread as a side. This recipe’s a keeper! Thanks so much for sharing!5 stars

    1. I don’t see why not Tiffany. It may take a little bit longer to cook since all ingredients will be cold.

  2. I really wish a lot of cooks on Pinterest would learn and use the proper word for the amt of Celery to use. A stalk is the whole darn stalk of Celery with multiple ribs on it. A rib of Celery is one if the sticks you remove from the stalk.
    Does this recipe use a whole stalk of celery? Thank you.

    1. I assumed it meant ribs so that’s what I used! It’s in the slow cooker right now and smells heavenly! I think it will be a winner! Other then that little assumption I followed the directions !