Smoky ham flavor in a slow cooker simple vegetable soup. We occasionally have a ham bone, not a real common occurrence when you’re cooking for two but it does happen. So what to do with a ham bone from that holiday spiral cut ham? You can toss it or make soup.
Inspired by an allrecipes.com recipe called Ham Bone Soup I read all 200 plus comment for helpful hints. There are frequently useful things in the comments and should be read if you’re doing a recipe.
I’m at a low 4 or high 3 but my wife, the ham person really liked it.
Notes: Like many hams, ours had a sugary coat. This needs to be reduced as much as reasonably possible. Just a really good rinse should do usually. The sugery taste is not needed in the soup and I think would be “weird” .
The salt could easily get out of hand here. Do not add any, use low sodium broth and rinse the beans.
Lastly, there is a lot of fat in a ham. If this is a concern (and it should be) refrigerate overnight and scrap the disgusting stuff off. I still had a bowl the first day right out of the pot and it was very good.
This is more than enough ham on this bone.
Rinse the ham under running water to remove as much of any sugary coating as possible. Also this is a good time to remove any fat the is easily removed.
Chop two pealed potatoes, two pealed carrots, a medium onion and two stalks of celery. Fell free to vary the veggies.
Rinse one can of beans. I used light kidney but did not have low sodium that would be preferred.
In a large crock pot combine 48 oz of low sodium chicken broth, 1 t pepper, 1/2 t garlic powder, and optional 1/4 t red pepper flakes. Add the rinsed beans and the veggies.
Add the ham bone and cook for 8 hours on low.
With about one hour left in the cooking, remove the bone and strip of meat.
Return the meat to the slow cooker.
Finish the 8 hour total cooking. You may now serve or refrigerate overnight and scrap off any solidified fat.
- 1 ham bone with meat
- 2 carrots diced
- 2 celery chopped
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 medium russet potatoes cubed
- 1 – 14oz can diced tomatoes
- 48 oz low sodium chicken broth
- 1 – 14oz can light kidney beans drained and rinsed
- 1 t black pepper
- 1/2 t garlic powder
- 1/4 t crushed red pepper optional
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8 serving
April 13 2013