Ham Bone Soup In The Slow Cooker

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I love soups, all kinds of soups. I can eat them all year round, even in the heat of the summer, and I love making leftovers into a bowl of hearty goodness.

Ham Bone Soup with Vegetables


For me all holidays provide an opportunity to make a great soup from leftovers. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and even the 4th of July all lend themselves to delicious soups that can continue to feed your family throughout the next week with minimal effort.

We hosted Easter this year and I purposely bought a ham a little larger than we needed so we could use it for leftovers and more importantly, Ham Bone Soup.

I’m going to preface this by saying that I’ve never made Ham Bone Soup before – or any type of bone soup really. My husband made a bone broth last year but that process was a bit different and he wanted to try it for the health benefits people claim to receive from bone broth. I wanted to make Ham Bone Soup because I love trying new things and I love seeing how I can make them work for my lifestyle instead of just recreating a recipe someone else made. I also knew it would be fairly easy to make this soup delicious in a crock pot.

I wanted to use my Ham Bone Soup as a way of squeezing in more vegetables because I can never get enough of them. Apparently there are usually beans in Ham Bone Soup, but I decided not to use them and instead use some vegetables that you might not think of when you think of the traditional Ham Bone Soup recipes. Check out the whole recipe below.

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Slow Cooker Vegetable Ham Bone Soup

Ham Bone Soup with Vegetables

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ham bone soup
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Slow Cooker: 8 hours
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 5
Author: Rachel Quenzer


  • 1 leftover ham bone with meat still on it. (If you don’t want to use ham on the bone you can also try this with any leftover ham.)
  • 32 oz. of chicken broth
  • 8 red potatoes chopped
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 1 bag frozen corn
  • 1 bag frozen peas
  • 4 cups of spinach or kale
  • A handful of parsley
  • Pepper to taste


  • Slice any excess meat off your ham bone and chop it into bite-able pieces. You don’t have to get too close to the bone because that meat will fall off in cooking, but anything that might still look like it could be used for a sandwich remove and chop.
  • Add your ham bone and extra meat to your crock pot. Add in your chicken broth. I use regular chicken broth because I prefer it. You can use unsalted but I always find I’m adding salt back in when I use unsalted. Plus the honey and brown sugar on our ham (We had a Honey Baked Ham) and the salt combined to make a beautiful flavor.
  • Add in your chopped potatoes and onions.
  • Set your crock pot on low and cook for 8-10 hours. Add in your corn halfway through. If you aren’t home you can dump it in with the potatoes.
  • Add in your peas about a half hour before the soup is done. If you add them too early, I think they will get too mushy and fall apart on you.
  • When it's done, remove the bone and any large pieces that may have broken off. The meat left on it should have just fallen off. Shred any larger pieces.
  • Add in your spinach or kale. The heat of the soup will cook it perfectly. You can add both if you have them. I added spinach the first day and then kale later in the week.
  • Top with ground, black pepper as desired and serve.

vegetable ham bone soup - The Everyday Mom Life

vegetable ham bone soup - The Everyday Mom Life

This is one recipe the whole family will love. Mine did – even my son who doesn’t believe in eating loved the broth. The whole dish is hearty, flavorful and filling. I hope you enjoy it.

Happy eating, friends.

vegetable ham bone soup - The Everyday Mom Life

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  1. I love soup with ham. My grandmother used to make something similar to yours, which makes me want to try yours soon!

  2. I love soup. This looks delicious, and I bet would be a huge hit with my family. Would love to give this a try, and make it for them after a nice ham dinner!

  3. This looks like a delicious and healthy recipe. I’m super intrigured that it has corn in it, I feel like that’s a super ingredient!

  4. This is so weird, I actually saw this on Pinterest and pinned it already! I can’t wait to try this out…it also looks semi healthy and like something you could make paleo, too!

  5. This soup looks absolutely delicious! I would have to omit the peas for my family lol but this is definitely going on my list of soups. We LOVE soups!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I actually don’t eat pork, but I think my mother-in-law would love this! She is making a ham for Easter, so I will have to pass the recipe along to her!

  7. Yes! This looks wonderful! I’m from Alabama and we love ham and ham bone in soups, greens, and beans. It’s so flavorful!

  8. This looks great for the rainy cold Texas weather we are getting! I had actually never thought of parsley in a soup, that is a great addition!

  9. This ham bone soup looks delicious! I usually use mine for ham and bean soup or boiled dinner but, this looks like another great addition. I take out the potatoes for me (If I were doing well on my healthy eating plan – which I’m not right now), and add in another vegetable and healthy perfection!

  10. I was planning on getting a ham for Easter, and there’s no way we’ll eat it all! This is the perfect way to use up the leftovers. I think I should be able to find some kale and that sounds great to me.

  11. Such a great recipe for after Easter dinner! I’ve really been loving crockpot recipes lately and this one will be great to make.

  12. Absolutely incredible, I can almost taste it from the pictures. What a wonderful combination of greens and meat in a simple mix and quantity for the ingredients. This is best served soon for the people at home, they’re gonna love this.

  13. I made this before bed last night. It is delicious! I left out the potatoes since I didn’t have any on hand, and threw in some fresh broccoli early this morning along with Frozen mixed veggies. Then I added in some fresh kale just before having a serving a couple hours later and it is perfect! I’m so glad I found this recipe!

  14. This looks great! Just wondering if this recipe can cook on high temp for 4 hours or is it best cooked low temp? Thanks!


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